Bloomington School Board:
Mia Olson: 25 years as district substitute teacher
From the Minneapols Labor Review, October 25, 2019
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON —“We need to have strong public education supporters and we need to have them on the school board,” says Mia Olson.
Endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and Bloomington Federation of Teachers, Olson is running for an At Large seat on the Bloomington School Board.
She offers a unique knowledge of and perspective on Bloomington schools: For 25 years, she’s been a substitute teacher in the district, teaching every day.
She likes the variety of subbing. “I only work in Bloomington,” she adds.
“I’m able to listen to a lot of teachers and professionals,” she says. “I have the direct experience to say, ‘yes, that is necessary.’”
A third-generation educator, Olson says she was inspired to run for the board by the example of her father, a longtime union teacher and coach.
Her background includes degrees in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Development from the University of Minnesota and a degree in Elementary Education from St. Catherine University.
She and her husband, David Olson — a Bloomington Lincoln grad — have two children who attended Bloomington schools from preschool through graduation.
Note: The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO also has endorsed Nelly Korman and John Moravec for Bloomington School Board At Large. Voters may vote for up to three candidates in the race.