October 4, 2020
School DistrictWaverly Community Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I want to be a voice for the students and teachers I serve. I want more diversity in this district and I want our vision to meet the staff and students were they are at and beyond. I want to create change in our district as it relates to diversity among staff and services provided.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Having qualified teachers in the right positions teaching students how they need to be taught and not how you want to teach. Ensuring proper resources are being provided for each student who needs them.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
First do a check in with teachers and ensure we have policy and procedures in place to support teachers. Second check in with students and check on there mental health and ask them what they would like school to look like. Then I would like to see smaller classrooms and arts return as well as vocational training starting in the 9th grade.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
survey parents and students online via Facebook or remind app or whatever the board see’s as viable. And ask parents and students about concerns and or topic or issues that need to be address, then compile a list then vote on it of importance then a put a plan into action on how to address it.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
Me. Myself and I
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
Education equality, Quality of material being taught, Graduation
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Educational equality, Societal racism, Educator’s salaries
What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?
COVID is the biggest challenge making sure all of out staff and students stay safe and keeping politics out of our schools. I think we need a hybrid schedule to minimize contact and to allow for better social distance.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Because of this currently pandemic keeping the school sanitize is the most important right now, along with hiring staff for cleaning purposes. What’s not a priority is useless material that will not benefit the staff or students.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
Standardized testing is important for data, but it should not be the sole purpose in schools, often times testing becomes more important than school work and actual school work gets pushed back. It should not determine if you get into a school it should be one factor among others if being judged or decided on.
If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?
The changes I would make is more current curriculum and curriculum they will actual use in real life. If we are to teach about history lets use real history not the history that has been told for years that was a lie.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
We have a great deal of responsibility in this, we have to do more than just giving parents contact info, we have to follow up and check in. We also need to make all the teachers who are impacted need to be notified as it relates to students so we all can speak the same language to that student. As it pertains to staff all administrators should be aware for the same purpose as the kids and not to be used against them either.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
Zero tolerance to violence and threats towards staff and students. This should not have many exceptions, I do understand some circumstances require further investigation or grace but the same consequence for the same violation. No one should get special treatment unless it’s documented they have mental health issues and at that point, meetings need to take place to problem solve the issues. Last, when it come to staff NO parents should be allowed to make threats or acts of violence towards staff, if that happens that parent is banned from all schools pending meeting with administartors and a second vilation will permantly ban you from the schools and activities. STudents that make threats will be automaticly be removed from school for 3-5 days and if they are a athlete no sports during that time. second violation a week or more removed from school and miss 50% of your games or activities. or done for the year.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
WE need to make sure we are meeting our student where they are and not pushing someone else narrative. we have to adjust to there learning and make sure we are current in our teaching and that we are flexible.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
Its, something that is a nonnegotiable. We can’t keep talking about it we have to do it.
Any other information you want to include or share?
We all want the best for our students and staff, we have to make sure we keep that in mind when we have a difference of opinions.