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Office sought: Glenbard Township High School District 87 School Board (4-year Terms)
Family: I have four awesome brothers: Gino, Nick, Ryan, and Chris and three beautiful cousins: Risha, Gianna, and Alayna.
Occupation: At North Central College I currently work in the historical archives and I am a Resident Assistant for a floor of 30 first-year students. Additionally, I teach social science and history to high school students at North Central College.
Education: I graduated from Glenbard North High School in 2011. Currently, I am at North Central College where I am in the middle of completing a B.A. in Social Science/History and Secondary Education.
Civic involvement: Legacy Ambassador for North Central College Glenbard Leadership Council (2008-2011)
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.
Key Issue 1
First and foremost: improving communication between the school board and those the school board serves (students, parents, and teachers).
Key Issue 2
Adjusting the curriculum in ways that accommodate the new Common Core standards and in ways that helps towards college-readiness.
Key Issue 3
Candidate did not respond.
Do you support the current district policy allowing physical education waivers for some seniors? Why? Would you support such a policy for juniors, as has been proposed by one board member?
I do support the current district policy regarding physical education waivers, with a reservation. Junior and senior students should be encouraged to take courses that align with what they would hope to study in college and/or AP courses in which they can acquire college credit. If they request a waiver, I would hope that students are doing so in hopes of filling that P.E. slot with a college-level academic course. Therefore, I would also support the policy for juniors as well.
What are your views on where commencement exercises should take place?
The goal of commencement events is this: to allow the families of students (and as many family members as possible) to be able to share a milestone day in the lives of their students. Therefore, commencements should take place in venues that allow for that and allow for easy access for families. I do realize these venues can be expensive. But, we owe it to our students and their families for four years of hard work.
What do you think about the shift to the common core standards? How big a role do you think the board of education should play in setting the curriculum for students and what ideas do you have for changes to the current curriculum?
I believe a shift to the Common Core standards has great potential for the success and coherence of our school curriculum. The board of education should play a role in this new curriculum, but not as much of a creative one. Generally speaking, the teachers in our district are good at what they do. Therefore, I have faith that they would create a curriculum that aligns with the Common Core. At that point I would hope it would be presented to the board via Common Core curriculum committees. As far as changes to the current curriculum, I would hope that freshmen and sophomores are taking classes to build up to junior and senior classes (those which emphasize college readiness).
How satisfied are you that your district is preparing students for the next stage in their lives, whether it be from elementary into high school or high school into college or full-time employment? What changes, if any, do you think need to be made?
I believe our schools are doing an overall good job of getting our students college-ready. The only thing that I would say needs review and consideration is the way in which Advanced Placement courses are taught. These courses are in fact suppose to be college-level courses and should be taught as such to increase student preparedness for college.
What budget issues will your district have to confront and what measures do you support to address them? If you believe cuts are necessary, what programs and expenses should be reduced or eliminated? On the income side, do you support any tax increases?
Tax increases should be avoided whenever possible. Glenbard has done a good job of presenting a balanced budget and I have no doubt we can continue to do that. It isn't so much that I believe cuts are necessary but there may be a need to reevaluate the allocation of funds when taking into account Common Core standards. Why? Because it becomes the job of the board to supply our schools with the technology and resources that help toward meeting those Common Core standards.