WhO IS SARA BITTER?
Sara Bitter is a mother, lawyer and leader in advocacy. She and her husband, Kai, are the parents of two children living with a developmental disability.
Sara has devoted her entire career to helping improve the lives of people living with disabilities and their families. Now she is putting her passion and experience to work for the Sycamore Community.
WHAT DOES SHE BELIEVE?
Sara Bitter is running for the Sycamore Board of Education because as a parent, lawyer and advocate, she knows just how important it is for all families in our community to have access to an excellent education. Sara also understands that our schools serve many types of learners. Sara believes that to ensure an excellent public education for all of our children, we must always strive to do better. We can only do so with a school board that values and understands these differences and recognizes how much an excellent education means to all types of learners.
Sara has a strong background as an advocate and an intimate understanding of the challenges and needs of families who have children with disabilities, special
healthcare needs and mental health conditions.
If elected, Sara will work hard at being a community liaison between the school district and the community. Sara will be a board member that listens and learns about the needs and concerns of the diverse population in our district. Sara will ensure better transparency and increase participation by our community. Sara will advocate for and empower our wonderful and hard-working teachers, staff, and administrators. Sara will
be a collaborative teambuilder that works to increase public support for and understanding of our public education system. Sara will work to ensure that every child in our district receives the best education possible.
What MAKES HER QUALIFIED?
Sara received her BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Sara is also a Law Trainee graduate from the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Sara served during the Clinton Administration in the White House Counsel’s Office as the Assistant to Special Counsel to the President.
Sara worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD) where she was engaged in working on statewide policies and programs throughout Ohio in the areas of employment, community integration and peer support for families of children and adults living with developmental disabilities, special health care and mental health needs.
Previously, Sara was the Co-Chair for the 2015 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival and has served on many boards and advisory committees over the years, including Disability Rights Ohio (i.e., Ohio’s federally mandated protection & advocacy system), the Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club, and the Family Advisory Council for the Cincinnati Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.