This is a critical year. The School Committee will select a new Superintendent who must maintain Bangor's strong academic record while facing many challenges, from the effects of COVID on student learning and social and emotional development to allegations of racism and discrimintation. I will look for a Superintendent who has proven experience in leading diversity and inclusivity initiatives, values transparency, and is willing to work with parents, students, and community organizations to improve the education of our children. I want to ensure that the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Suicide Prevention Committee are given strong mandates to enable them to carry out their missions.
I am the mom of two current BHS students, a clinical psychologist, and an active school volunteer. I have shown through my advocacy for students with mental health needs that I am not afraid to challenge the status quo and work hard for the benefit of all of our students. We need to expand our motto of "Academic Excellence for All" to include a broader view of success - one that includes the importance of social and emotional learning. I believe I have a unique perspective to bring to the school committee to guide us in this direction. I will work hard to ensure that we address the needs of all students, including those from underrepresented groups, and that these students feel valued in their schools.
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Hiring of a new superintendent will be an important task for our committee. A potential candidate should hold a valid Maine certificate, share our communities vision for education, promote equality, strong character and integrity, communicates openly and effectively, transparent in all areas: and empowers and inspires both students and staff.
Equality starts with public education. As a committee member I will continue to promote racial, gender, age, ethnic, disability, and LGBTQ equality for all of our students. Age appropriate equality is needed to promote a more inclusive community.
Addressing our student's mental and emotional needs is becoming an important issue in our schools and should be addressed with appropriate supports to include more social workers to our system.
It is important to see more community involvement at our board meetings. Parents need to speak up with the concerns and issues directly to the board.
I am running for re-election to the Bangor School Committee. Yes, I am 72(very alive) and yes I'm a retired teacher of 30 years, with the last 18 years spent as Special/Adapted physical education and Special Olympic coordinator for Bangor schools K-12. I have also taught in New York State, Georgia, and the DODDS system in Germany, and worked with students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. Giving back to the community my knowledge, experience and passion for public education is a civic duty that I take seriously. Serving on the suicide prevention committee and the UTC board are very much a part of my "student's first" philosophy.
As a career military wife, equality and human rights have long been issues that I supported and marched for. In this day and age it saddens me that as a country we are still struggling with equality for all.
If re-elected, my focus will be on three key areas, including:
(1) Selection of the next BSD superintendent of schools. Traits I’ll seek in the next superintendent will be a deep-seated commitment to transparency, community outreach, and a clear vision for leading a bottom-up (student-led) system-wide approach to inclusivity, anti-racism, and a culturally responsive approach to teaching/learning;
(2) My work on the newly created Suicide Prevention Committee. I look forward to listening to, learning from, and collaborating with experts in the mental health fields to strengthen BSD’s approach to social-emotional wellness. Continued improvement in this area is always important, but the work of this committee has particular significance as students encounter the complex and deleterious impacts of the coronavirus pandemic; and finally,
(3) To provide BSD teachers, administrators, and staff the resources and support they need to flourish in their work environment.
I am a seasoned and committed educator who is currently a teacher education professor at the University of Maine at Augusta, am a former assistant principal and athletic director, and a former Bangor School Dept. (BSD) middle school science teacher. My wife, Lauren, is a licensed psychologist and psychology professor at Husson University, and we are parents to twin Kindergarteners attending Bangor public schools.