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City: Beach Park
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Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
My volunteer work with the school to set the strategic focus brought out a strong engaging passion to continue my partnership and bring a fair balanced and analytical approach to decisions that will benefit every student and staff. I look forward to bringing to the board an active voice from the community, diversity and inclusion in thinking that will drive towards advancement for every student and staff.
What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?
In my experience with participating with the school's strategic planning process and attending board meetings I think the process is efficient. There are always opportunities to assess the process to make improvements. As a new board member I am excited to bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to partner with the school on reviewing the process.
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 think the board of education should partner with the school's staff and administration to set the curriculum. I am aligned to the school's current work to building diversity and inclusion into their curriculum; this is the biggest change I see that is needed right now.
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 or fee increases?
Naturally the goal is to have a balanced budget and stay within expenses and not have to cut any programs. If the school does not receive funding from the state this could cause issues with maintaining a balanced budget. Should the school be impacted by a lack of state funding, I will be prepared to partnering with staff and administration to form the best strategy to address any gaps. I am not in favor of increased taxes or fees.
What role can and should school choice play in your district? If Congress or the state approves a voucher system or other means giving students broader choices among public and private schools, how will that affect your district? What is the appropriate response for the board of education of a public school system?
Since we have one school district, school choice does not impact our district. It is hard to know the impact of a voucher system/school choice until the Congress or the state has created and approved a plan.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Continuing to drive forward and build inclusion and diversity into the curriculum and daily practices that will benefit every student and staff. A balanced budget and financial stability is critical. I will partner with the staff, administration, community, and other school board members to form the right strategies that will make positive impacts to benefit every student and staff.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Trust my instincts
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
More global traveling
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Reading and Comprehension. It taught me to slow-down, listen, and seek to understand.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Do the right thing at all times and trust your instincts.