October 4, 2020

Aimee Crellin

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictChippewa Valley Schools
City:Clinton Township

How long have you lived in your district?

44 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Chippewa Valley Employee Coalition, Fems for Dems, Macomb Democratic Committee, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, Official Black Caucus of Macomb, Michigan Education Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am motivated to run for Chippewa Valley School Board for the following reasons. First, I think back to all that I’ve gained from the district during my 12 years as a student. Now, as a parent of two children that are in the school district, I am aware of parental concerns as well as solutions to those concerns. Second, I want to be involved in the decision making process not only for my own children but for all of the students and parents in the district. Lastly, I have the experience, education and time to devote to making sure that Chippewa Valley School District is one that other districts emulate.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Chippewa Valley district teachers, administration and support staff are one of the main reasons why I am running for school board. Education justice ensures that students receive a quality education. Chippewa Valley School District provides many resources for their students including school clubs, programs and athletics. However, as a large district, there is still room to grow and develop future leaders. We need to ensure that all the students within the district have opportunities to find success.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

It’s unfortunate that the world is undergoing a drastic change in how we once lived. As a parent, my number 1 concern is the safety and health of my family. I don’t think we can provide a safe environment for all of our students just yet. I think the best way is returning students in small increments. As we return students to school we can re-examine what areas need more or less concern.

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

With such a large district, our board meetings should be packed. Education should be one of, if not the most important factor in an adolescent’s life; therefore parents should be informed of the day to day happenings of the district. Parents, neighbors, businesses should all be encouraged to attend meetings. Attendance is the first step, but it is also important for all to understand that they are heard. All voices are equal. It should not be the same people bringing up the same issues. We are a diverse district and our meetings should reflect that. We are all shareholders in our community and we should have the same goal…success for our students leads to success for us all

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

Chippewa Valley Employee Coalition

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

1. Allow educators to have a voice in developing curriculum
2. Making sure the curriculum within the district is the same between schools. It will allow teachers to collaborate on learning materials
3. Professional learning- educate your educators

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

1. Develop curriculum for career preparedness programs including job skills, and internships
2. Increase test scores/data
3. Provide educators the opportunity to shadow other educators to enrich their personal teaching abilities

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?

I will not fault the school for unforeseen challenges. COVID is new to us all, it is unfair to think the school administration has all the answers. We need to come together as a community and work through the challenges together. As a forward thinking district I’m confident the district will develop plans that can allow students to choose a learning environment that ensures everyone’s safety.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

1. Technology
2. Training for students to be successful with online learning
3.Teacher and administration salaries

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

Standardized tests should play a partial role when it comes to allocation of funds and teacher performance. In addition to standardized testing student performance, practical applications of content learned and the ability to retain content should also be looked at when it comes to student success.

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?

I personally would like students to have a mandatory a life readiness class. Another class I feel is extremely important for students to learn and understand would be mental health and support services in the community.

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

I believe the school district should work closely with local agencies that deal with mental health and emotional well-being.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

As a parent a huge fear of mine is an unsafe learning environment. I couldn’t imagine being a teacher and worrying about the safety of their students. I believe the teachers should have a large voice as to the tools they need to feel safe within the schools. Students and parents all need to be made aware of the schools disciplinary actions. Students should to be held accountable for their behavior.

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

Chippewa Valley School district has amazing programs geared to special education. I think it would be beneficial now to develop plans to teach these youth ways to continue success virtually if remote learning is needed again in the near future.

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

Every student deserves a chance. Unfortunately, not every student in our district is fortunate enough to have a strong support system at home. I’m sure most teachers can recognize these students quickly and dedicate extra time to meet their needs. Those students still need more. The district can possibly start a mentor program. It will allow older students to become leaders.

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