October 4, 2020
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
2 years current; 15 years prior
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I want to impart my educational knowledge and skill of collaboration to build an education model to meet students where they are in their level of learning, with the ability to catapult them to the next level during these unprecedented times.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Its means to me that a quality public education is a civil right for citizens regardless of race or background, etc. Its a means by which all stakeholders can collaborate and have a voice in the direction and impact a school district can have on students and as well the body of educators, which includes teachers and administrators. For Southfield District, it means to be transparent in policy development, education strategies, employee/labor relations engagement and student achievement.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools would mirror institutions of learning that are safe/clean, and of a diverse model for learning. The model could be hybrid in nature and include both in person and online learning. Students would understand and model safe learning techniques, which would include methods of protection that would limit exposure to possible viruses. Built into the model would be a social component that would allow students the opportunity to socialize with peers in a safe environment. Lastly, the model would include the input of parents/guardians to ensure a collaborative partnership.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
They are all valued stakeholders and should be involved to the extent possible in decisions that impact the district and their student(s). This can be done through personal presentation or through organizations such as the PTA, and student body organizations, etc. who could function as a conduit to present issues to the board for discussion, consideration and adoption.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
Higher student achievement goals; building relationships with higher education institutions for broader learning; Analyze data for purpose of continuous improvement.
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Financial support; evaluation tools; collaboration on education strategies.
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?
Ensuring effective learning; student/teacher engagement; the district will need to be diligent in safety precautions which includes thorough sanitation and distancing.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Spending geared to increase educational resources including learning, emotional and mental well being; competitive salaries for educators.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
They should be a tool used to gauge the retention of learned education materials and provide some guidance on how educational strategies should be focused on areas of deficiencies and enhanced on areas of 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 would make changes based on the data paying close attention to the data that pertains to student achievement.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
The district has a responsibility in supporting the mental and emotional health/wellbeing of both students and staff. This can be accomplished by ensuring that professional staff are available and that their presence is known within the district; the district could subscribe to a professional service that provides wellness ( as an option mind wellness) that provides an outlet to address issues of mental 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?
The district should enforce adopted discipline rules and policies with fidelity and consistency. Discipline issues should be dealt with swiftness as to avoid any potential escalation. There should be programs in place that assist students with conflict resolution.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
Address needs for effective resources that contribute to successful learning (meet the student at their level of learning in order to increase to the next level); garner partnerships with organizations that can provide educational/outreach assistance; listen to the needs of parents and guardians to ensure all needs are met for the student.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
Developing educational strategies that align to the success of every student. In cases where data is available use it as a guide to guide equity and measure the success of learning models for all.