October 4, 2020
Pronouns:I use all of the above. It depends on the situation and the audience.
School DistrictAvondale School District
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Michigan Education Association
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I’m a retired educator and I believe that experience will bring a different perspective to the board.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Educational justice means providing the schools with adequate highly qualified teachers and staff who can provide quality education to the stakeholders (students) and equal access to necessary resources, advanced placement and honor classes. It also includes the utilization of restorative justice practices to ensure the graduation of all students within the district.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools with a hybrid teaching structure that allows teachers and students to get the best of both worlds. Class sizes would be limited to 25 students per room. The classrooms and building would be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
All stakeholders should have the opportunity to have input in the decision making process. This can be done with focus groups, surveys, etc.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
I don’t have any.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
1. Health and safety of staff and students with Covid-19.
2. Teacher retention.
3. Class size
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
1. Funding of schools
2. Clear directives
3. Teacher evaluation process
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?
Students learn better with face to face instruction. The challenge is to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, most schools have outsourced the custodial services in an effort to save money. These services don’t have a vested interest in doing a good job (This opinion is based on my personal experiences.) Therefore, teachers and staff are going to concerned with health. There needs to be protocols in place for the custodial services to follow and consequences for not following them. There needs to be a mask requirement, temperature checks and a holding place for students who don’t pass this check.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Front line workers (teachers and staff). Central office administrative staff.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
I personally don’t like standardized tests because they are discriminatory to students of color and those who know and understand information but don’t test well. They are mandated by the state; therefore, they are necessary in the school district.
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 would add more career and technical classes that would help students to be employable out of high school. I would keep the process of preparing everyone to be college ready.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
The school district should do everything in it’s power to support the students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional wellbeing. If there are issue in these areas, the district will suffer and be less productive.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
It really depends on the situation. Students that are an immediate danger to others should not be in the general classroom setting. Alternative education is important to assist the problem students.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
I believe that we need more paraprofessionals in the classroom to assist with these students and teachers. When there are 10 special needs students in the classroom of 33 and no paraprofessionals, the special needs students suffer because they don’t receive the added attention that’s needed for them to be successful.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
I believe that the school district should be everything possible to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to be successful.