October 4, 2020
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
City:Saint Clair Shores
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
South Lake Education Association
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
To ensure South Lake students receive equitable learning opportunities and a high level public education.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Justice is generally defined as fairness, and in the context of my district, educational justice means providing equitable and fair learning opportunities for all students regardless of their status. Educational justice also means identifying ways to eliminate unfairness and inequality in our system of public education.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools would be well funded and the funding levels would be specific to meet the ACTUAL needs of the students. This is important as the public health crisis we face has put a spotlight on the lack of resources and struggles faced by so many families and students.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
All stakeholders should be involved in decision-making, however, our district should always provide opportunities for stakeholders to be involved in way that is both comfortable for the stakeholder and meets their specific needs. Not all stakeholders have the time to attend every board meeting, so there should always be a variety of outlets open and available for families to be involved. This could include hosting annual forums, surveys, different events or just having an info email address where comments can be sent.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
Equity, Achievement and Student Growth
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Funding, Funding and Special Education Funding
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?
The main challenge is to have instructional opportunities in place that allow for high-level instruction that is comprehensive enough to meet the diverse needs of our students and fluid enough to allow for transitions between face-to-face, hybrid and virtual, if necessary. To keep staff safe, we must anticipate their safety needs while staying engaged with them and allow for their input in any safety plan that we develop.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Teacher salaries, programs that increase equity and growth, and capital improvements that can enhance classroom instruction.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
The only role they play is the role the state and other institutions allow them to play. Our district is focused on growth.
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 provide more after-school programs that could help reinforce what is learned each day in the classroom and add more project-based learning opportunities. I would also provide more opportunities for standardized test preparation, particularly at the higher grade levels, since they are still utilized as a means to evaluate students.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
Public schools are a public good and therefore, our district should always have resources to support students and staff with their emotional health and well-being.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
Discipline policies should be focused on meeting the real needs of students. They should be specific enough to make clear to students and families what is expected in our schools and classrooms, but flexible enough to ensure their application is equitable, fair and will serve to actually deter or prevent negative behaviors. This is a challenge but it can be done if the focus is on the real needs of students and the variables that contribute to disciplinary issues.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
Equity, increased funding and resources
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
Our District passed a resolution and will be conducting a comprehensive review of policies and procedures using an equity lens.