October 9, 2020
School District:Lansing School District
How long have you lived in your district?
Over 40 years
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I think it’s important to be involved in what matters to you. What matters to me is quality education that is equitable for everyone. Being a member on the LSD school board would allow me the opportunity to serve students , educators and the greater community.
Education justice means access to quality education.
I imagine schools as a safe place after the crisis for students to thrive and obtain the skills they need for success.
I believe parents , students and families should be engaged and involved in the decision-making process. This can be done by attending board meetings , focus-groups , serving on committees , and having meaningful conversations.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
It is hard to determine what should not be prioritized at this time without taking the time to evaluate the current needs.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
My educational priorities and goals would first begin at the local level. This way I can work to advocate and support students , educators and the community. The end goal would be to extend the work at the local level to have a larger impact at the state level.
I think the challenges facing the schools are how to operate in the most safe and effective way during this pandemic. The Lansing School district decided to reopen in a virtual environment. I believe that the Lansing School District made the right decision by transitioning to remote learning. The safety of the students , educators and staff is vital.
The top spending priorities in our school budget should be making the necessary building renovation so our students and staff can return to a safe environment , along with supplying the necessary resources to support our students and educators. It is hard to determine what should not be prioritized at this time without taking the time to evaluate the current needs.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
I think standardized testing should be used to evaluate student performance , however , we know testing is not always equitable which causes barriers for students.
I would be interested in expanding the curriculum to include multicultural experiences and history. The areas of critical thinking and life skills would also be an area of interest.
I would like to see more funding for positions such as social workers , counselors and educational support staff members who could best help students in their time of need. For educators I would like to see a robust employee assistance program and other resources that will support their emotional health and wellbeing needs.
I think it is important to assess the way student discipline is handled. In my opinion it is best to provide alternative methods to discipline over a standard suspension or expulsion. Reimagining student discipline as a positive intervention with supports such as counseling , working with peers , community involvement , etc.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
My top priority would be to listen to the needs of the educators. They are the ones on the ground doing the work. I would seek their expertise and support their vision.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
I believe it is imperative that everyone has a safe space to embrace , learn and celebrate each other’s differences. I would like to see educators and staff involved in DEI work so they can better serve and understand their students.