Who is Jean Pretto?
Like many of us, Jean Pretto (nee Wesemann) was born and raised in South St. Louis County and has lived in Oakville her entire life. Her father worked at Anheuser-Busch and was a member of the Teamsters, while her mother was a homemaker. Jean graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School and Webster College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.Jean began a career in teaching at Hixson Junior High in the Webster School District while still in college. She then worked as a substitute teacher in The Mehlville School District as well as teaching music at Most Precious Blood Catholic School.
Her work experience also includes 27 years in the automobile business. After retiring from George Weber Chevrolet, Jean returned to her love of education, teaching music and choir at Green Park Lutheran School. During this time, she also earned her Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Jean Pretto most recently served as the interim Chancel Choir director at Peace Lutheran church and as the Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center.
Because of her love of education, and wanting to serve our community and young people, Jean ran for and was elected to the Mehlville School Board in 2014. In April of that year, she was awarded the Advanced Board Member Certification from the Missouri School Board Association, and in April of 2017 she earned her Master’s Certification and was re-elected.
Jean’s other community involvement has included serving two terms as president of the St. Anne’s Sodality of St. Francis of Assisi Church and as a volunteer each year with the “Step Up to Down’s Syndrome Walk” in Forest Park. For many years, Jean Pretto also served each summer at Vacation Bible School for Faith Lutheran Church in Oakville where she is also a member.
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- Other states are capping the cost of life-saving medications like insulin and epi pens and I will fight to stop drug companies from profiteering off these at the expense of people’s lives. An estimated 50,000 children have also been cut from the Medicaid rolls and denied basic health care. It is time to expand Medicaid coverage, as so many other states have done, to reverse the closure of hospitals and save lives.
- As a two term member of the Mehlville School District Board of Education I’ve worked with our teachers and administrators to help achieve academic excellence. Good public schools help to preserve and enhance local property values. Charter schools are simply for profit businesses disguised as learning institutions. We need a Representative who will work to keep our public schools strong and not divert our tax dollars.
- We must also prevent the shuttering of even more retail stores in our area. This is not an easy task in the era of on-line shopping, but I believe we can find businesses and services the community needs and wants. I believe in helping our local businesses to grow. We must also give support to innovation and new business startups. The emphasis needs to be on attracting jobs that pay a living wage with good benefits. I will also help defend the hard fought rights of workers and organized labor.
- The will of the people should be respected by those we send to Jefferson City to represent us. In 2018, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly passed Amendment One (Clean Missouri) in order to provide more transparency and accountability in government. But members of the Missouri legislature promptly went about dismantling it. Our current representative, in a town hall meeting, told a large group of constituents that “we just didn’t understand the amendment or we would not have approved it.”