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Wake County Board of Education DISTRICT 2

The Wake County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected by districts in nonpartisan races and serve simultaneous 4-year terms.The 9-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities: 1. Employ the superintendent 2. Establish policy 3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets 4. Approve student assignment boundaries 5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services

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    Gregory Hahn

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    Monika Johnson-Hostler

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What experience and qualities do you feel you bring to this office? (YouTube link or text, or both)

What do you think is the most important responsibility of a school board member?

What are the critical state funding needs for this county’s schools and how would you address those needs?

How would you assess teacher satisfaction in the county and how would you promote professional development?

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What are the issues in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers?

Age (optional) 45
Contact Phone (252) 373-9460
email address greg@votegreghahn.com
Position/philosophy statement There’s nothing more important than the parent/teacher partnership. BOTH are necessary for the success of the child.
I am running as a parent. I am a single father of four boys–all who have gone through the public school system. Two of my boys have had IEP's and I understand how important the public school has been to my children.
To make sure parents have a voice and that teachers have the resources and support that they need to be successful. Empowering Parents and Engaging Teachers.
More than $13 billion dollars was spent on K-12 traditional public education in North Carolina in the 2018-19 school year, including funding from local, state, and federal sources. More money is never the answer but finding out where the money is going and are we getting the most optimal performance from those dollars.
According to the most recent North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey, overall, 86 percent of educators agreed that their school “is a good place to work and learn.” What can we do better? Open the lines of communication is paramount for professional development.
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The age before kindergarten is important. It's the parent's decision to make the best choice for their children--whether that's Pre-K or early learning. Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program is designed to provide a child-centered, developmentally appropriate experience for four-year-old children in need of academic support.
It is not in the best interest of students for good teachers to leave the profession, and fortunately we have good teachers staying in Wake County. We need to reward our teachers who are going the extra mile and improving their classrooms. The Wake County District needs to be the place that every teacher wants to teach. We also need to attract talent. Recruiting teachers earlier in the year to ensure Wake County is competing for the best teachers from the best universities.
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Age (optional) 45
Contact Phone (919) 349-1994
Twitter @Monika4Schools
Position/philosophy statement I am committed to ensuring equity in our schools, parents have a voice, teachers receive more support, and all students have access to a quality educa
● Leadership Experience - It is important to have a diverse board including qualifications and experiences. As Executive Director of my organization for nearly 18 years, I also have served as board president of our national organization and have served on various nonprofit boards and committees. I have a deep understanding of federal and state policy, state and federal school finance, experience with federal and state grants and funding structures, and deep experience with board and executive leadership. My professional experiences are assets to the Board. I have served as Chair of the Wake Board of Education and in several other leadership roles. ● Advocacy Experience - Prior to being elected to the school board, I was a registered lobbyist and advocacy expert which helped me establish relationships at the state and local level related to our legislative work at WCPSS. These relationships extend across the political aisle. When I was Chair of the school board, this was a major benefit to our work at WCPSS and helped me lead our board to several successful legislative results. I worked with House Representative Skip Stam prior to his retirement to pass a bill to improve how road infrastructure was paid for when building a new school. This saves us hundreds of thousands of dollars while improving our timeline for building new schools. I also worked closely with Garner’s Mayor to advocate with the NCGA and the NCDOT to find a way on this process. Without my work on this bill, i
Advocating for an exceptional public school education for all students through our Commitment to success for all students; support teachers and facilitate open dialogue to create better working conditions; amplify the voices of parents and engage stakeholders and the business community to support our school community.
It is imperative the state fully fund Leandro with a goal to increase per pupil funding. This includes addressing teacher, non certified staff, and administrator pay structure, funding for early education, and funding for the whole child through social and emotional support staff. As we work on our statewide funding efforts, in Wake County we must maintain our relationship with our County Commissioners and business community to continue their investments in our district.
I value my relationship with individual educators and NCAE, their questions, discussions and feedback provide me with insight into their needs to create a supportive climate at the school and district level. Additionally teachers are encouraged to complete the teacher working survey. The outcomes of those surveys and along with the insight from educators are my roadmap to being an avid champion for teachers. Like our students, teachers must have access to rigorous and relevant education. Professional development opportunities to learn new curriculum, sharpening instructional strategies to help our students make academic progress expected by national standards. Our strategic plan includes supporting our human capital, and we must advocate to maintain and increase the commitment through our budget process as well.
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Early access to a high quality education is a predictor of successful educational outcomes. It provides a great foundation and has been found to close learning gaps. It is critical for students of color, poor students and students with disabilities. According to Urban Institute, “students who attend Pre-K are better prepared for schools and school readiness is a predictor of long term achievement. However the benefits of Pre-K are not limited to test scores. Children who receive high-quality Pre-K have better attendance, fewer behavior problems, and increased chances of reading on grade level.”
We have to maintain our commitment to our educators by investing in the current educators, the pipeline and creating a culture that is conducive to teaching and learning. WCPSS has the most board certified teachers and we should continue to support these efforts by continuing to provide financial support and peer learning groups. The Work at Wake Teacher Program is an investment in our students and a commitment to build the pipeline of educators in our district. The continuity of investing in our students early and fostering their pathway into their teaching careers. Although our county has stepped in where the state has shirked it’s responsibility to fund public education. It is my duty as a public school advocate to continue to work with our county to provide a significant teacher supplement. We must also work to build a base of support in the NC General Assembly that supports teachers' pay and tenure. In addition, I want to expand our professional development program to help teachers implement the new curriculum standards and related instructional strategies. I will also advocate for having teacher assistants in the lower grades and work to keep our classroom sizes reasonable in the K-5 grades.