Theresa Bashiri-Remetio: Candidate Profile

Oakton Community College School Board

  • Theresa Bashiri-Remetio, running for Oakton Community College School Board

    Theresa Bashiri-Remetio, running for Oakton Community College School Board

Updated 3/10/2015 5:45 PM

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City: Park Ridge

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought:

Oakton Community College School Board

Age: 30

Family: 3 year-old-son, Bryce + Husband, Emmanuel

Occupation: Financial Analyst

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Marketing & Economics from Elmhurst College (2011) Master's Degree in Adult & Higher Education Administration (in progress - 2016)

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Civic involvement: Oakton CC Alumni Association

Elected offices held: Student Trustee

Questions & Answers

With enrollment up at my many community colleges, it can be challenging to keep pace as far as available classroom/lab space, the number of qualified teachers and available course work options. How would you manage that?

With the recent opening of the Dr. Margaret B. Lee Science & Health Careers building, space isn't an issue at the moment. I believe that every institution is challenged with making sure the community's demands are met. The best thing we can do is identify any needs, preferably before they arise, and make sure that the college has the ability to address or meet those needs.

Are you currently employed by or retired from a school district, if so, which one? Is any member of your direct family - spouse, child or child-in-law - employed by the school district where you are seeking a school board seat?


Is a tax rate increase needed and, if so, how do you justify it?


Community colleges provide many services to a diverse population. Is there a service your college should be providing that it is not, or reaching a segment of the population that it is not?

From what I have witnessed, the college continues to find ways to serve the students and the community.

What do you think of President Obama's proposal for offering two years of free community college education?

I believe that the spirit of the proposal is great. I hope there is a way to fund it.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Candidate did not respond.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Dr. Margaret B. Lee

What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

It's okay to ask for help.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I wouldn't change a thing! Life may not have been easy, but it is mine. My challenges and triumphs are my own.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Math. It was the basis in which I built my first career path on.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Never let anyone tell you "you can't!"