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Guilford County Board of Education District 5

The Guilford County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in partisan races by districts and at large and serve staggered 4-year terms.The 9-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities:1. Employ the superintendent2. Establish policy3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets4. Approve student assignment boundaries5. 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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    Michelle C. Bardsley

  • Deborah Napper

Biographical Information

Identify the most serious issue you see facing our school system.

How will you address this issue once you are elected to the Board of Education?

Do you agree with the policy that Board of Education races are partisan?

In light of the recent need for remote learning/teaching, how do you propose to train and equip students, teachers and families to prepare for this now and in the future?

Contact Phone (336) 312-2734
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Position/philosophy statement Business and Teacher Leader- "Putting Passion into Action" for Students, Families, Educators, and Community in Guilford County Schools.
We must create and implement solutions that provide more opportunities for every student to improve their academic achievement and prepare for post-secondary training, workforce skills, and life while providing a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that values all students, families, educators, and community stakeholders.

Two critical academic areas we must continue to improve are reading and math in GCS. In 2017-18, the reading proficiency of 3rd grade students was 51.4%. The 6th grade math EOG as of Sept 2018 was 45.9%.

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I will work with GCS families, educators, and stakeholders to: Ensure responsible spending and budget management that builds trust with our community. Support school bond initiatives for our facilities master plan. Invest in safety, mental health, and discipline initiatives for students and staff that promote a safe learning and working environment. Design infrastructure solutions to meet critical needs for restoration, repair, and growth in school facilities and expand use of technology. Implement rigorous academic, arts, and vocational (CTE) curriculum and instruction to increase student achievement and prepare students for the 21st century. Offer competitive pay and ongoing professional development to educators for ongoing success.
The problems and solutions in our schools are not partisan. However, transparency is one of my core values. Therefore, the policy allows for this transparency and is a data point that voters deserve to know. A candidate's career qualifications, values, and platform are essential to voter decision making. My qualifications for school board leadership include 12 years as a high school teacher leader in CTE Business, Marketing, and IT-Microsoft, 13 years' experience in the private sector as a finance and IT analyst, and the proud mom of 4 Guilford County Schools graduates. I also have served on curriculum writing teams with NC DPI and NCVPS. Last, I actively train NC and national teachers on business and marketing curriculums and CANVAS LMS.
Ensure educators and students have the technology essential for hybrid learning (face-to-face and remote learning) of computers and software that meet our technology standards and allow access to complete engaging school assignments.

Allow for options of face-to-face instruction and/or remote learning needed for individual situations. The virtual academies will help children and educators who are not yet able to attend face-to-face instruction. Provide face-to-face engaging instruction and interaction with safety precautions for those children and families who are in need and ready to be in school. Allow for community engagement also in partnering with local businesses and organizations.

Offer parents login access to view their child's learning progress in Power School and the chosen LMS (like CANVAS observer access).

Provide educators ongoing professional development on effective teaching strategies to improve student achievement, online learning design best practices, learning management system platforms (LMS's like CANVAS), and social-emotional learning tools. Ensure instruction is accessible in a LMS whether students are in the classroom or online.

Ensure best hiring practices-Hire highly qualified professional educators who are experts in their pedagogy, passionate to lead children towards their academic success, team oriented, and technology savvy with strong character and professional work ethic.

Age (optional) 37
Contact Phone (336) 402-9449
email address
Twitter @napper_deborah
Position/philosophy statement Working for a better system for ALL of the students and teachers in Guilford County Schools
The current most serious issue I see for GCS is the state of disrepair our schools are in. The current pandemic has really shed light on operational problems like old and broken-down HVAC units, basic problems like windows that don’t open, and mold throughout our schools. I plan to support the Facilities Master plan in full, with the goal of fixing and updating all of the schools in our system. Fully functional and operational schools will address so many issues: health and wellness for students and staff, campus safety, productive learning and work environments and so forth. I can't think of a better way to express to students and staff that we value them, than to give them the best learning and work environments possible.
I will partner with other members of the Board for unanimous support, and work with the County Commissioners to fully fund the required repairs. I would also like to propose to the Board and the Superintendents Staff that we assemble a committee of local contractors, developers and tradespeople to execute the Facilities Master Plan according to the recommendations laid out by the plan. I would ask that this committee execute the plan and give oversight to see that the monies set aside for it are spent responsibly and to the best benefit for the schools.
No, I do not. I see no reason for partisan politics on the Board of Education, and the divisions I see on the Board are disappointing. I am pleased to be running as an unaffiliated candidate and I plan to work to bridge those divides. I would like to work to unify the Board. I will not let my own decision making processes be politically motivated.
This is a huge question. I believe it has to be given age-appropriate answers. High school students and teachers typically have some experience in distance learning that comes with the classes taken during high school. For example, teachers and students are already familiar with Powerschool and most students have had some experience with Canvas by the time they finish freshman year. At the high school and early college level, I think we can best serve both teachers and students by streamlining and structuring classes and course requirements for virtual learning, so everyone has the same platforms and class expectations are easily spelled out for students. At the middle school level, Powerschool comes in to play in sixth grade usually, so both students and educators need regular training and updates for continued use of Canvas. Elementary age students, however, have such a range of motor skills and function that asking them to participate in uniform environments is not really feasible. I would like to propose a task force in each elementary school to write a protocol for that school to have in place if we should find ourselves with the need for remote instruction again. Using the same methods and standards across each grade has come up from both parents and teachers during virtual learning, as a way to prevent frustration stemming from website/password/grading overload. Those standards need to be set by the teachers at that grade level for the best outcome.