Our lives have been uniquely intertwined with the Shawnee Mission School District. We are a family of educators and products of Shawnee Mission. I was the first graduating class of Christa McAuliffe Elementary, then on to Westridge and graduated from Shawnee Mission West. My husband, Brandon Hunter, and each of our siblings are also graduates of Shawnee Mission West. After completing my undergraduate and law degrees at public universities, we returned to the Kansas City area where I have two children currently attending Corinth Elementary.
My mom, Rene Serrone, has been employed as a job coach with the Shawnee Mission School District for 27 years. She is currently based out of Shawnee Mission North. Her experience and passion for working with the special needs children has provided us with a keen perception of the needs of that population of students.
My mother-in-law, Kim Hunter, has been in education for 25 years with a stint at Shawnee Mission East and finally retiring from Shawnee Mission West a few years ago.
My oldest child is in 4th grade and my youngest just started 2nd grade. From the outset of our children's elementary education, we have been involved in the school. Through holding positions on the executive committee for PTA, to being a room parent, to donating our time and dollars at our school’s events, we have supported our district and school.
Professionally, I have had the ability to support our public schools at the local level. I have done presentations concerning the legal implications of social media for the Shawnee Mission School District and Olathe School Districts which were videotaped to be presented district-wide. I have also volunteered time at business law classes in the district in an effort to provide relevant information to better our local schools.
Being an attorney in private practice as well as a mother to children currently enrolled in the school district provides my guidance in the pursuit of a position on the Board of Education. As an attorney in private practice, I serve a variety of clients with different issues and from different backgrounds to assist them with their legal issues. I work with attorneys, business owners and individuals on a daily basis to reach resolutions and make progress. Similarly, a member of the Board of Education will answer to its constituents and oftentimes is a sounding board for problems and issues and must work with other board members, administrators, and the public to resolve those issues for their constituents.
In addition, by nature, I am approachable and a voice of reason yet being an independent thinker and not afraid to ask critical questions. This has lent to being a successful attorney by becoming partner at a law firm and then growing my own firm. I am an attorney and owner of The Hunter Law Group, P.A., which practices in real estate, business litigation, and financial elder abuse law. Practicing law for more than 15 years, I have been recognized by my peers as Best of the Bar and a “Super Lawyer” in Kansas and Missouri, an honor given to no more than five percent of all lawyers Kansas and Missouri.
I graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received my law degree in 2001 from the University of Missouri – Columbia.