October 4, 2020
School DistrictVan Buren Public School District
City:Van Buren Township
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
To advocate for students of my community.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Education justice to me means that all students are taught by highly qualified teachers and they offered a wide variety of educational programming.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools would have a comprehensive sanitation schedule, social distanced classes and smaller class sizes.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
They should be involved by regularly attending board meetings and participating in public forums
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
More technology driven learning.
More class options/programming.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Equitable funding for all districts.
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 district will be challenged to keep class sizes small to provide for social distancing.
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 to attract top talent.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
Very little. Standardized don’t always reveal a student’s ability or knowledge of a particular subject.
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 reduce the amount of time a teacher stands in front of the class at a whiteboard progressively as students progress through school grades. I would implement more project-based learning using technology.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
It has a major responsibility.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
If at all possible, discipline should be handled in school. If safety is a concern then a suspension along with counseling with a caring adult should take place.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
More professional development for all school personnel.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
It all starts with conversations.