Residence: Two Lights Road
Family: Lives with partner of 13 years, two children
Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Human Development, University of Maine, Orono
Occupation: Freelance photographer
Political/civic experience: First time running for public office"*
Sean Murphy of The Forecaster asked 2 questions of the candidates running for the 2020 school board seats in Cape Elizabeth. My answers are below and you can read the published story here:
1) If elected, what would you like to help the district do going forward to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic?
Accountability is key. Keeping the community informed and involved is vital. In the upcoming months, our school board will need to objectively look at the pandemic plan the district (and each school) put into action this fall. How did we do? Did our organizational framework meet the needs of our students? Did our teachers have what they needed? Was the education to ALL students rigorous? Did we meet our legal obligations? Was communication with the community clear? If elected, I would like to roll up my sleeves and help navigate this important phase of accountability to ensure (via clear measurable objectives) that our district is providing a rigorous, quality and equitable education to all of our students. Community (residents, teachers, staff and **students**) input will be of utmost importance.
I believe that 100% remote instruction of students should continue to be offered to families during the coronavirus pandemic regardless of medical needs.
2) Please feel free to comment on an issue/task of your choice that you plan to address in office if elected.
Community involvement is at the heart of what makes Cape Elizabeth, Maine so special. If elected, as a member on our School Board, I will to honor our commitment to education, ensure all students have access to academic achievement, continue our much needed conversations about race & diversity, and expand our community involvement with clear open communication. I would like our School Department to consider adding a volunteer coordinator to the school district and take necessary steps to keep the Achievement Center available to all students.
-end of Forecaster questions-
Why am I running for a seat on our School Board?
I think many of us have been doing some soul searching during 2020. What can we do to support our fellow humans, our neighbors, our Black and Brown families, the children in our community, our teachers, and, and, and...and then I saw that there was still an open seat on our School Board.
As an open minded community member passionate about teamwork and connection, I'm stepping forward to help serve our community over these next 3 years. If elected, I would like to roll up my sleeves and help navigate this important phase of accountability, to ensure (via clear measurable objectives) that our district is providing a rigorous, quality and equitable education to all of our students. Community (residents, teachers, staff and **students**) input will be of utmost importance.
I want to be a member on our School Board to vote YES for great curricula that supports teachers and students.
I want to help craft and implement the objectives for our school's inspiring 2020-2025 District Plan Goals.
I will embrace a positive and goal orientated approach to assessing the challenges & progress of our schools & students during 2020-2021 school year.