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Anselmo Merna School Board, Dist 15

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  • Tom Griffith
    (NP)

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    Brandon Miller
    (NP)

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How can your school district improve its use of technology, including broadband access, to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in your school?

As a school board member, how do you best advocate for your district's teachers and students in preparing students for the 21st century job market?

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Occupation Agriculture
Education Anselmo-Merna High School/ Kansas State University
Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held None
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Youth Coach in Basketball, Baseball, and Football/ St. Anselm's Catholic Church CCD Teacher
Address 43394 Dr. 811 Merna, NE 68856
Marital Status Married
Age 41
Although we need to be cognizant to create balance between technology and human interaction, an increase in distance learning courses should be considered to diversify learning opportunities and steer students’ education in a direction that fits their interests and skillset. I believe that students who are interested in what they are learning and are challenged, will be engaged and will experience a rewarding outcome. This currently happens to a degree at the high school level, but it should be even more diversified, and be implemented earlier in school. Technology offers a wide variety of resources that teachers should utilize to expand their students’ minds. From leveraging different perspectives from other scholars around the globe to creative, alternative ways of learning that are engaging to students; we are just beginning to realize the power that technology can offer the education system, and I would like to see my school district be on the leading edge of that movement.
Harm can be emotional, sexual, social, or physical. Creating a safe environment begins with culture. Educators should create a culture where everyone can feel support, friendship, and security within the school. That culture should be led by example from the top down. Students need to be taught that there are consequences for actions. Expectations must be clear and corrective measures should look deeper than punishment and into guidance and support, where educators are empathetic towards the drivers behind the action. It’s important for educators to attempt to recognize warning signs of risk in its early stages and take a proactive approach. Troubled young people need to feel support, friendship, guidance, and in a sense, therapy from their educational leaders. I believe that early warning signs of evil can be steered in the direction of good if educators can identify the root cause of the evil drivers and provide necessary support early on. This ties back to culture.
Several concerns that I have with young people entering the job market from the education system, including my school district, must be addressed. Academically, I think that my school district sets very high standards and excels in this category. With that said, areas that could be improved for young individuals to better prepare for the next chapter in their lives include diversified life skills, willpower, confidence, passion, problem solving, free and revolutionary thinking, effort, attitude, and embracing challenge. Academics are important; however, high exam scores will only take them so far in their career without the aforementioned characteristics and skillsets. They must be diversified people with the ability to think freely and confidently influence members in their organization in order to positively advance throughout their professional careers.