Tammi Edgecombe: Candidate Profile

Itasca District 10 School Board

Updated 3/20/2017 3:41 PM

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City: Itasca

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Office sought:

Itasca District 10 School Board

Age: 47

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Family: Husband and 3 teenage boys - all who have gone through District 10 schools

Occupation: Substitute teacher

Education: B.S in Elementary Education

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Questions & Answers

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?

I am running because I think it is important to have people on the board with diverse backgrounds and experiences. I have a background in elementary education which is helpful in knowing how classrooms run day to day. I have also worked as a substitute teahcer in District 10 for the last 7 years. I have experience with the district as a parent and an employee. I am a fair, respectful and positive person.

What do you think about the process for measuring student success in your district? Is it adequate? What changes, if any, do you propose?

District 10 measures success in many different ways. The standardized testing that is done is individualized to each student so that the teahcers can use the results to see where the students are succeeding and where they are struggling. I think the important part of testing students is to find what they are struggling with and work to improve those skills. I wouldn't propose any changes.

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 that the school board should oversee the curriculum for the students, but most of the recommendations should be made by the teachers and principals. I think the district could use technology more - laptops with textbooks on them to have the most update information, skill test or vocabulary practice online that follows the curriculum.


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?

I don't forsee any major budget concerns in the near future for Disctrict 10. I don't support a tax increase.

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?

I don't believe that a voucher system would have a great impact on our district. I know that many of the resident of Itasca are very pleased with our schools, the teachers, staff and the job they do of educating our students.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

None currently

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Warren Buffett is a leader that I admire. He treats people with respect and conducts business fairly.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

I learned tht you have to work hard to achieve your goals - there are no shortcuts.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I don't think I would take a do-over. Everyone learns from their mistakes.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

I enjoyed child development classes. They helped with teaching, raising my children, and my volunteer work as an advocate for abused children.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

To be a good person - to always do the right thing, even when it isn't the easiest thing to do.