October 4, 2020

Amy Denise Silvester

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictLake Orion Community Schools
City:Lake Orion

How long have you lived in your district?

23 years

Have you received any endorsements?

yes, Tom Mc Millin

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am running for LO School Board because I can help. I am open minded and believe in being creative when addressing the needs of our learners. I have a love for my community and its children. We have a lot of learning to do with all the changes happening currently. I will always put our learners first and be an active part of the process. I lead by example and if I see a need, I fill it. I keep my word.

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

ALL learners must come first. I support our students and staff.

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

Face to face learning. Perhaps a hybrid method of teaching. Children need peer interaction. Safety is a number one concern, so we need to do so in a safe manner to ensure all students, families and staff are comfortable with being in person at our schools.

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

Parental involvement is imperative, our community’s voice is important. One can join the PTO, help with school events, participate/lead a school club and participate in board meetings.

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

Connie Meech and Mat Dunaskiss

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

Academics, Arts & Athletics. I will make sure these programs grow and maintain their level of excellence. Inclusive learning for all students which will help create diversity. We need to help create a love for learning as a solid foundation to help our learners on their educational journey,

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

Creating a foundation for all learners to experience an educational journey that provides them with learning options that will foster their strengths and improve their weaknesses.

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?

We need to offer options, everyone is at a different comfort level. We need to ensure that we are providing a safe and clean environment for our students and staff. Making sure we evaluate the risk levels daily will be a challenge, but it will be a necessity to ensure that our students and staff are working in a safe environment.

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

Our priority should be our learners. We also need to make sure that we maintain a safe learning environment. Moving forward, we need to consider not spending more money on more buildings.

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

Testing is important to help our educators educate our children. We need to have testing to make sure we are not leaving any learner behind.

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?

A strong emphasis on Reading, writing, math, science, history, social science, art, music, and athletics. I would love to see a track and field team at every elementary. We already have a great curriculum, but there is always room to grow.

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

It is extremely important for our district to listen to the concerns of our students. Our students are our top priority.

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

Accountability is key. I want to see an officer at every school on a daily basis to ensure our students and staffs safety.

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

Inclusivity is important for our learners. Having options is very important for interpersonal growth and development. Modeling after peers is an imperative part of learning.

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

Everyone is equal. There is no room for discrimination.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I have a second grader in our LO Schools and I want to ensure that our future has all the same opportunities that my other adult children have received.