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Meet the Candidates: Christina Popolla-Vlietstra, D161 (free content)

Christina Popolla-Vlietstra

Age: 38
Education: B.A. Elementary Education, Governors State University.
Job/role: State Representative Anthony DeLuca office aide.
Family: Husband Chad Vlietstra and two daughters.
Other elected positions: Serving on the District 161 board since 2019.


  • Focus to develop responsible future leaders and role models within our district by fostering relationships within the community.
  • Build a culture of mutual support among students and teachers.
  • Maintain our focus of working toward closing the education gap among students due to learning loss while remote learning. 
  • Focus to improve student behavior for in-person learning.


  • Continuing work to implement the District’s Long Range Plan. Remain cognizant of current economic climates in budgeting for priority needs of the district.
  • Strive toward the academic excellence of pre-pandemic time.

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