Councilmember Kathleen Beckman was born and raised in Michigan, where her family was and is committed to public service. She attended Western Michigan University, where she earned a BS in Psychology and Marketing. She later attended Purdue University and Franklin Pierce College, in Nashua NH, where she earned teacher certification for English Education. Beckman later earned a MA in Education Leadership from Aurora University in Aurora, IL. Kathleen taught high school English and a variety of subjects from Media Literacy to Journalism to AP Literature and Reading Improvement. She and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of Joshua, Sarah and Michael. They raised their family in northern Illinois and, upon retirement, moved to Clearwater in 2016.
Since moving to Clearwater, Beckman has been an active volunteer in the community. She serves on the High Point YMCA Advisory Board and is a Guardian ad Litem in Pinellas County. She also volunteers in local public schools, helps with Habitat home-builds and helps to coach a swim team at the Ridgecrest YMCA. She is an active member of Suncoast Sierra, helping to improve the environment and helping non-profit organizations and churches lower their energy bills and lessen their impact on the environment. Beckman is also an active member of the NAACP and the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition. She particularly enjoys working to improve voter engagement.
In her free time, Beckman enjoys reading, cooking, coaching, biking, hiking and spending time with friends and family. She loves to engage with residents and frequently schedules walk-and-talks with residents to not only share a conversation but get some exercise together.
Elected to office March 17, 2020, Beckman enjoys working with people directly to improve their quality of life and empower them through education. She is committed to raise the bar on the level of direct engagement of residents and neighborhoods.
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