I am a parent, an educator, and a scientist. And I would like to serve our community as a member of the Salem School Committee. I ask for your consideration and for your vote.
My oldest is a fourth-grader at the Bates Elementary School and my youngest is in kindergarten there. As a chemistry professor at Salem State University, I have worked with the third grade teachers and students at the Horace Mann Laboratory School, and I’ve been involved in science outreach with students from Bates Elementary, Collins Middle and New Liberty Innovation Schools. I've also taught Salem Public School graduates and so I know first-hand the strengths and the challenges that our district has when it comes to preparing our students for success.
I have seen first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm our children have for learning about the world. I’ve witnessed the impressive skill, excellence and dedication that our teachers and school professionals demonstrate in their work. But I have also experienced some of the frustrations of being in this district and, as someone who has taught Salem Public School graduates, I know how to help our schools in their crucial work of preparing our kids to succeed in college and beyond.
On the School Committee I will be a progressive voice for equity and inclusion, evidence-based decision-making and transparency and communication. While progress has been made in some areas of our schools, much work remains to be done. And I think it is critical that Salem Public School families have voices at the table while that work is undertaken.
Just as I do in my classroom and in my research, I will approach issues before the School Committee thoughtfully and actively seek additional perspectives. Evidence and equity drive my decision making. I believe our public conversations should be open and civil, but honest. And I believe our elected leaders have a responsibility - to the voters and to our kids - to be engaged, present, and accessible.
I look forward to talking with you about our schools over the coming months - and, I hope, earning your support this fall.