I was raised on a farm near Ault, Colorado with my 2 brothers where I learned at the early age of 7 how to drive a tractor followed by learning the meaning of hard work and its rewards. I had my own farming operation following Vietnam and then college. I fell in love with helping people as a volunteer firefighter / EMT and left the farm for a career in Paramedicine. I retained my love of volunteering throughout my career.
I am a retired Paramedic with Weld County Ambulance. I am also a retired firefighter with Ault/Pierce and Evans fire departments. I am a Vietnam Veteran, past VFW Commander, Volunteer of the Year State of Colorado, former Mayor of Evans, Colorado, Chair of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, Chair of the EMS Advisory Board to AIMS and Trustee of AIMS. I was educated at AIMS and UNC. I was an adjunct faculty at AIMS for 20 plus years. I am also a loving husband to Mary and a father and grandfather. My hobbies include reading, boating/fishing (occasionally catching) building and flying RC airplanes, working around the yard and volunteering in the community.
I want to start by saying that in order to be a great Trustee, one must understand the role of a Trustee at AIMS..
Trustees do not develop the budget at AIMS. They only approve or disapprove it. As Trustees, we have one employee, the President. Trustees give direction to the President as to the priorities desired for the College. The President and his/her staff present the budget to the Trustees in a manner that outlines the spending priorities necessary for the College to obtained the direction desired.
I evaluate the budget based on whether or not it will obtain the direction desired by the board. If there are increased revenues, I would evaluate and recommend any changes to spending to enhance our goal. As an option, I would recommend an increased reserve.
With a decrease in revenue, I would evaluate and recommend any changes possible to have minimum impact on obtaining our goal. Any changes would only occur with the adoption by the board of a revised budget
Let me first say that my overall concern at AIMS is always that All of our students are successful. All else is relevant to this.
One concern I have is that we maintain the revenue necessary to maintain the momentum AIMS has in providing the level of education / training we currently offer to all our students regardless of their social or financial status. Monitoring the budget, the policies and our strategic plan are the tools that are available to me as a Trustee in addressing this concern. I am always cognizant of our Mission and our Purpose at AIMS.
Another concern I have are the rapidly advancing changes in technology and sciences. Attracting and hiring the talent necessary to teach and keep students on the leading edge of these changes will require constant monitoring and research as to what will be required. Keeping myself informed and assuring through communication with our President and asking for progress reports will be my way of addressing these challenges.
My style of conflict resolution is direct. If I have a conflict, I try to be a leader by example in resolving the conflict. I leave my emotions at the door and ask the other party to do the same. Discuss the topic of conflict directly realizing that there is always room for compromise. Find common ground and a common goal. Have open and honest discussion. A mediator is always a viable option. One must enter resolution discussions with an open mind and agree that it is sometimes OK to agree to disagree.
If I am involved in helping to resolve conflict between others, I must not take sides, I must ask parties to leave emotions at the door and have open and honest discussion. Encourage straight talk. Help them find common grounds and things that they do agree on and then work toward resolution. Remind them that it is OK to agree to disagree.
I'm the eldest of three daughters and have one child, a son of whom I am very proud. Dancing, teaching/learning, and spending time meals with those I love--including former students--bring me joy! I have a
Ph.D. in Social Psychology. I have specialized training in innovative pedagogy that emphasizes right-brain and left-brain learning as well as teaching to different learning styles. After twenty-six years teaching in higher education (UNC), I retired in 2016. However, I continue in my role as educator. For example, I continue directing a unique after-school arts program I started nine years ago at Dos Rios Elementary.
With this program, I recruit and train pre-service teachers from UNC. Together, we deliver lessons to 3rd- through 5th-graders that integrate art, social sciences, and physical sciences through a Mexican American lens. I created an annual Mexican American Arts Festival while at UNC, bringing such outstanding role models as a world-champion slam poet and a pioneering "Operachi" singer. I continue my community involvement by coordinating Greeley's Annual "Dìa de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) Celebration, which includes a beautiful display of altars at the Tointon Gallery every Oct/Nov.
I would find out my school district’s current revenues and current prioritization as well as the reasons for increased or decreased revenues. I would base my own prioritization on psychological knowledge about the hierarchy of humans' needs. Consequently, I would prioritize in this order: physical, relationships, and philosophical. I would merge this prioritization with considerations to urgency and importance, thus, placing urgent needs first, followed by important not urgent needs.
My first concern is standardized tests, that is, their reliability, validity, and origin—are they relevant, valid, and appropriate for all the students in our schools. Secondly, I would share knowledge on interrelationships among testing, culture, and economic issues.
My second concern is differences in academic achievement based on gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. I would address this concern, first, by highlighting factors external to students, e.g., curriculum and school policies.
Secondly, I would advocate against the “Deficit Model,” that is, theory, language, or strategies that blame the culture of Students of Color for their lower academic achievement. Their culture is declared “deficient. The model is evident in the use of such terms as “disadvantaged,” “at risk,” “limited” (English), and “broken”—as in “broken English.”
My style of conflict resolution is a work in progress. That is, I know the psychology and principles of effective conflict resolution and do by best to apply them when I have conflicts at work or at home but I still need improvement. Specifically, and initially, I have thoughts and feelings (dread, denial) of wanting to ignore the conflict. Once I face the challenge, I ask to talk, privately, to the person with whom I have a conflict. I then try to deliver an assertive—not aggressive or passive—message by: (a) using “I” statements to convey my feelings; (2) describing the other person’s behaviors that are at issue for me, using non-judgmental language; (3) telling the other person what the impact of their behavior(s) had on me; and (4) stating what I want in future interactions.
Do I follow this classic, psychological formula perfectly, that is, in the recommended order and with the recommended measured tone of voice? Mostly, yes. Do I make mistakes? Yes. Do I keep trying? Yes.