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School directors govern the school district. They set policy, establish curricula, adopt a budget, and determine the tax rate necessary to support it. They select the superintendent and approve appointments of staff. They serve part-time.Salary: none; Term: 4 yearsYour ballot may contain more races than you see here

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    Paige Brookins
    (Dem)

  • Ashley Jones
    (Dem)

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    Nick Philippides
    (Dem)

  • Patricia Wright
    (Dem)

Información Biográfica

What motivates you to run for the office of School Board Director?

Please explain your qualifications for this position.

What is the most important issue(s) facing our schools and how will you resolve it?

Education PhD- Concentration Community Leadership- Alvernia University MBA- Concentration Management- West Chester University of Pennsylvania BS- Management & Finance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Qualifications Educator for over 18 years Faithful worker within my community and church in the Reading, PA area for over 25 years. Dissertation Research-“Mentoring in the Urban Community: Leadership and Spirituality of Adult Mentors”
The Students of our great city, motivate Dr. Brookins to run for the Office of School Board Director. Dr. Brookins believes that investing in the lives of youth is a responsibility of the family and the community, therefore in her endeavors as a change agent, she aspires to create opportunities that will aid in their development. Mentoring is a tool she uses to influence young people as she models the words of Mahatma Gandhi “We must be the change we wish to see in the world. "Education is Key...Students First!" - Dr. Paige Brookins
Dr. Brookins’ passion and love to help others is seen in her professional and personal positions. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean in the College of Business at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as she provides personalized academic support to the students of KU and oversees various programs and projects in the College of Business. In this role she facilitates a Student Success Program, which incorporates peer to peer mentoring, and is the Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. She is very active in her church and in her local community as she mentors many young people.
Resources being equitably distributed, and thus hindering the present and future success of our students.
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Campaign Phone (610) 823-1462
Education B.A., International Studies, Emory University
I am running for Reading School Director because it is my passion to serve kids. I have worked with kids, of varying ages and backgrounds, through most of my professional life. This has included helping to coordinate after-school programs and summer camps locally, and prior to that as an ESL teacher in a high school in South America and online. I see all those efforts not merely as jobs, but instead as part of a mission to do everything I can to help ensure the present wellbeing and future success of younger generations.

While I passionately believe that involving children and teens in positive out-of-school activities, as I do in my current role, is of critical importance, I want to be able to make an impact for them, simultaneously, in their educational process.
I believe that my experience working with a variety of Reading students in positive out-of-school programs provides me unique insight on the challenges with which they are faced at home, in the community, and at school. Struggles at school manifest themselves in out-of-school programs such as those I work in, just as struggles at home or with peers inevitably manifest themselves in the classroom. As a school director, my decision-making would always account for, and be informed by, this comprehensive view of students' lives. I think a perspective such as this is critical for a school board member, and school board as a whole, that functions in the genuine best interest of its students.

Additionally, my experience teaching ESL in a classroom setting provides me insight on the challenges that teachers are faced with in cultivating an effective teaching-and-learning environment.
A very pressing challenge facing the Reading School District is the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the learning loss from lost instructional time in spring 2020, coupled with the full virtual-learning model employed for most of the 2020-21 school year, has resulted in significant learning loss and emotional instability in students. I see these effects firsthand on an everyday basis in my professional role working with and for the kids. Struggles in ELA, science, and math, as well as the students’ social-emotional wellbeing – all significant challenges prior to the pandemic – have been exacerbated over the last 14 months. I believe strongly that a coherent and targeted strategy for combatting this COVID-related learning loss is needed, and as a school director I would advocate for such an approach. I believe, furthermore, that equitable state funding is crucial for enabling the district to meet this challenge and others.
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