What qualifies you to hold this position? I grew up in Maplewood, and have owned a home in Oakdale since 2012. My wife Rachel and I have 2 kids in the schools, and our 3rd child is a newborn. I have 4 years experience already serving on the school board. I have a business degree, and I have over 12 years experience serving on statewide, city, and nonprofit boards. I love my community.
What would your top priorities be if elected? With the national teacher shortage, we must work to make sure that there is a high-quality teacher in every classroom. We must also work to make sure our buildings are safe, welcoming, and cost-effective. We also need to expand career exploration and pathways, in addition to opportunities for earning college credit before graduation.
What do you think is the primary role of government? Government exists to help ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Schools are one of the greatest tools to accomplish this. Schools must be safe. Schools should foster informed, civic-minded members of the community. Schools must provide our students the building blocks needed for college and career success.
Website or contact: Facebook.com/voteforcalebanderson
What qualifies you to hold this position? I am currently a member of the Padres Latinos Committee in District 622, and we have noticed how important the parents’ role in their children’s continuous learning is, getting knowledge on parents’ and students’ concerns and expectations. I grew up in a family environment of educators, they taught me their passion for children’s education.
What would your top priorities be if elected? One of the priorities would be the importance of balancing, maintaining or even better increasing the district’s budget. Second the teachers’ stability because they are the connector that links students, curriculum, parents and the administration. Closing the achievement gap, I think this still needs to be correctly embedded for diversity.
What do you think is the primary role of government? As it relates to school districts, the role of the government is to provide the funding for education, and the lack of adequate funding from governments has caused an encumbrance on local school districts understanding that the funding has to consider keeping up with the inflation. If elected, I would work closely with local and state government.
Website or contact: Facebook.com/andresgonzalezbutron
Benjamin Adam Jarman
What qualifies you to hold this position? I have been living within the district for over ten years with a son attending a district school. I am the co-president of the parent-teacher group at my son’s school and I was the co-chair for the successful 2016 district levy campaign. I would also like to use my experience as a former teacher to improve all education opportunities.
What would your top priorities be if elected? I want to focus on enhancing diversity inclusion in the district so all students can learn from different perspectives. I also want to continue promoting post-secondary options so students know what they can do when they graduate. Finally, I want the district to increase pre-K efforts so every student is prepared for elementary school.
What do you think is the primary role of government? The primary role of government is to prepare and maintain the infrastructure to support fair opportunities for all.
Website or contact: votebenjaminjarman.wordpress.com
What qualifies you to hold this position? I am a passionate advocate for public education and ISD622. I have a doctorate of education and work as a data analyst. I have served on the board for the last eight years. I am also an active volunteer in the schools. I am deeply invested in the success of the district and am proud to send my three kids to 622 schools.
What would your top priorities be if elected? My top priorities include: Every student should graduate and be highly qualified for the next phase of their life; Our buildings should be secure and our community should be trained on research-based safety protocols; We must efficiently deliver personalized instruction to meet the unique needs of each student, and close the achievement gap.
What do you think is the primary role of government? Ideally, our government provides a free and equal education, regardless of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, or religion. This “universal right” to education has been affirmed in the courts and legislation. However, educators are acutely aware that we fall short. The government’s role, then, is to remove barriers to equal education.
Website or contact: michelleyener.com
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