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Brandywine School Board - District F

School boards are elected trustees who oversee the local school district and represent the community in matters affecting education. In Delaware, school board service is an unpaid position with a term of 5 years. School board elections are nonpartisan, and are held on the second Tuesday in May each year.The school board…Sets the vision and goals for the school districtEstablishes policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goalsHires and evaluates the superintendentAdopts and oversees the annual budgetManages the collective bargaining process for district employeesSets student performance standardsApproves curriculumApproves the school calendarSelects transportation systemsApproves contracts with outside vendorsManages facilities/construction issuesSeven citizens elected by the residents of the Brandywine School District serve as the Board of Education. Collectively they set the direction and develop policy for 17 schools that serve approximately 11,000 students. Each board member lives in a separate election district, but is elected at large. The five-year terms are staggered so that one or two seats on the board are open each year.

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    Scott A Gesty

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    Tanya Hettler

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    Kimberly Stock

Información Biográfica

What is your vision for education in your community?

What is your background and how do/would those experiences and skills allow you to be an effective school board member?

The biggest dilemma in Delaware public schools right now is the reopening of public schools. When should your District resume full classroom instruction, and what is the school board's role in the safe return to physical buildings for students and staff?

Are you satisfied with the education outcomes in your school district such as literacy, numeracy, and graduation rates? If yes, please elaborate. If no, please explain.

What do you believe is a school board member’s role and responsibilities? Please elaborate.

How do you view the Education Equity Lawsuit Settlement currently on the table before the General Assembly?

Residence (neighborhood/area): Brandywine Hundred / Windybush
Campaign email: Gesty4BSB@gmail.com
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): I moved to Delaware in 1995 and have lived in the Brandywine Hundred for the last 18 years. My wife Maria and I are the proud parents of an 11 year old daughter who is currently a student at Talley Middle School. I hold a Bachelors degree in accounting, an MBA, and am a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After spending 25 years employed in financial services industry, of which 16 years was as a Director / Vice President supporting Talent & Development for a global investment holding company, I retired to open my own consulting firm and pursue my passion for teaching. I'm currently employed as Adjunct Faculty with four local colleges and universities where I teach accounting, wealth management, and personal finance. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in various outdoor activities. I'm also an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
I envision an educational system that enables our children to be successful after graduation. Whether going to college or entering the workforce, the education they receive should provide them with the knowledge and experiences necessary to achieve their life goals.
I am a licensed CPA and spent the first 25 years of my career employed in the global financial services industry. During that time, I spent 16 years in Talent & Development. I ended my corporate career as a Vice President responsible for providing development products and services to up to 1,000 accounting professionals. I am currently employed as adjunct faculty at four local colleges and universities. My time in financial services gave me hands on experience in delivering educational services within a budget and being held accountable for achieving expected outcomes. My current experience in education has given me insights to the challenges educators experience daily. I know exactly what our teachers went through when the pandemic hit because I was right there with them. I believe my past and current experience uniquely qualifies me to represent the constituents in the BSD as well working with all parties involved in providing an exceptional education for our children.
The school board needs to work with state and local health professionals to develop a plan that will allow students and teachers to not only return to live instruction safely, but also provide a learning environment that makes them feel comfortable. The school board then needs to allocate the resources that they are provided to execute this plan in an efficient and effective manner. Proper controls and measurements of success also need to be agreed upon before any plan is placed into action.
I am not satisfied the Brandywine School Districts (BSD) education outcomes. The latest data from the Rodel Foundation of Delaware shows that despite increasing spending per student by 8.4%, proficiency scores in ELA, Math, SAT Read & Write, and SAT Math have all decreased. These decreases were pre COVID 19. I shudder to think what the data will show post COVID. Also it should be noted that if you remove Tech schools from the data, BSD spends the second most per student in the state, but all outcomes previously stated fall somewhere in the middle of all the other districts and some are below Delaware’s average. Math SAT proficiency was 32% in 2018-2019. What was being done wasn’t working. We need to find out why and address the challenges that are causing these results.
I believe a school board member’s role is twofold. First, a school board member represents their constituents regarding the educational services being provided by the school district. It’s the member’s responsibility to ensure the superintendent, administrators, and educators are doing everything they can with the resources they have to provide the highest quality education experience for the children in the district. Second, a school board member should work as a strategic partner with the superintendent, administrators, educators, and district families. In this role the school board member would be involved in planning, allocating financial resources, and monitoring the execution of the plan to ensure expected outcomes are being achieved.
After reading the settlement, I am encouraged that there will be more focus on funding for students that need additional support to be successful. But I am concerned with accountability with regards to the additional money spent. As Rep. John Kowalko stated, “We have to do something more than create a pot of money and hope that nobody gets into the room and takes pieces of it.” In addition to that, we need to ensure that money being spent is providing results that are achieving the expected goals. Throwing money at a challenge doesn’t always ensure success. I am excited about the Certificate of Equity Statement part of the settlement that will be required to request funds for capital expenditures. These expenditures are usually the most expensive and should target schools in areas that have long been neglected with state funding. Local tax dollars should remain in the districts, state funding needs to go where it’s most needed if we’re ever going to improve results.
Residence (neighborhood/area): North Wilmington DE
Campaign email: drtanya4bsd@gmail.com
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) No
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 3
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): I have lived in the Brandywine School District for 25 years. I have two kids in the district--one in high school and one in middle school. My husband and I came to Delaware for me to get my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology at the University of Delaware. In addition to my Ph.D. in Psychology I am a blogger and psychologist. I am a deaconess at my church. I enjoy gardening, reading, hiking, drawing, and taking daily walks with my dogs.
Website or social media link: http://www.tanyathedoc.com/school-board
My goal is for the Brandywine school district to meet the educational needs of all of our students. This includes those with special needs as well as those who are from low-income families. I desire to develop a greater appreciation among our students of the benefit of a good education that leads to greater personal engagement in school as well as an increased desire to learn and grow socially, emotionally, and educationally. I believe that the local teachers and administration are the best judge of what our students need and that they should be given the freedom to be creative and adopt and develop the best curriculum and ways of teaching to meet the needs of our students. I also desire that the Brandywine School District be a community that works together to achieve our various goals and one in which students, parents, and teachers all feel heard, appreciated and supported by administration and the school board. I want everyone in our district to feel that their suggestions and conc
I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware. My husband and I moved to Delaware for me to go to graduate school here and we fell in love with the state and decided to stay. We have lived in the Brandywine School District for 25 years.

I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware. My husband and I moved to Delaware for me to go to graduate school here and we fell in love with the state and decided to stay. We have lived in the Brandywine School District for 25 years.

I am a psychologist, writer, and blogger. I blog about counseling, spiritual, family, and parenting topics and current issues. I am married and have 2 kids in the Brandywine School District--one in 11th grade at Brandywine High School and one in the gifted program at P.S. duPont Middle School in the 7th grade.

As a school board member I hope to bring to bear my teaching experience during my 6 years of graduate school and as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaw
The suicide rate among children in situations like that which our district and state are currently imposing is very high. One of the principles in our district reported that they have completely lost contact with 15% of their students. This is likely going to lead these students to not graduate from high school and to become involved in crime and drug use, if it has not already done so.

I would like our school district to focus more on the social, emotional, mental health and societal problems caused by COVID-19 and our students not being in school for more than a year and to focus less on the.potential physical health issues caused by COVID-19.

I have heard estimates that our kids will be more than one year behind in school because of this year of remote learning. I just attended a meeting of our Delaware State Board of Education on March 18th and they are currently planning summer programs to try to help bring kids up to speed after this difficult year.
The BSD falls 4th in spending per student among the 44 districts in Delaware and yet falls below the average for the state on Smarter Balanced test scores for both math and ELA. As a school board member I would seek to find out why there is a discrepancy between the amount spent and the outcomes achieved.

I feel that our district spends too much money on administrators. There are too many administrators at the highest levels who have no contact with the students. BSD’s previous superintendent created 2 new assistant superintendent positions to be filled by his friends while he was the superintendent. These positions were likely no
As a school board member I will encourage honesty, accountability, and responsibility within our school district. We must look without bias at our purposes and goals, and honestly evaluate our success in achieving them. We must strive to obtain the best outcomes for the money spent. Simply spending more money doesn't guarantee better outcomes for our kids.

I believe a school board member’s job is to carefully evaluate programs, curriculum and spending to determine whether they will provide the greatest benefit to the students in our district. A school board member is responsible to wisely and responsibly use the taxpayer money in the best way to improve the academics, social and emotional development, extracurricular activities, and future opportunities of our students.

The goal of the school board member should be to make decisions to encourage the well rounded growth of all students preK-12 including those with disabilities in order to make them effective, thoughtful, contributin
I agree with the need for more up-to-date property tax assessments to determine the taxes that should be paid by individuals in different neighborhoods. It has been several decades since these assessments were last done.

English Language Learners and low-income children are certainly at a disadvantage when it comes to education in Delaware. I believe that there are issues that go beyond a lack of funds that cause low-income students to not perform well in the classroom.

I would support programs that help to get low-income families more involved in their children's education and that assist low-income parents to be in a better position to encourage their children to do well in school. I would also support programs that assist both high school students and their parents in training for a career and in finding satisfying work.
Residence (neighborhood/area): Surrey Park
Campaign email: stockforbsd@gmail.com
Related affiliations and roles: 2021 Delaware Teacher of the Year
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N) N
How many school board meetings did you attend last year? 10+ online
Brief background bio (a single paragraph): I am both the 2021 Delaware Teacher of the Year and have been a BSD parent since 2006. I am married to Greg Williams, and our family lived in Beacon Hill and now live in the Surrey Park neighborhood. We have made North Wilmington our home since 2003. My oldest daughter was in the Gifted Program from k-8, and then she graduated from Cab Calloway School of the Arts. She is a current medical lab science major at the University of Delaware. My youngest daughter has been a BSD student since her 2nd grade year when she transferred from a private school. She has loved Hanby, Springer, and now she is a freshman at Brandywine High School. I’ve enjoyed being part of the PTAs and even on a parent committee to the district when my youngest was in middle school. I am a published author and an English language arts and English-learner (EL) teacher at McKean High School for Red Clay Consolidated School District.
Website or social media link: http://kimstockteacher.com
Since I am a parent and teacher, I take education very seriously. I want to create schools and districts that are equitable in opportunities and are culturally responsive for all students and staff. I also believe teachers should be viewed as partners and given more of a voice, and we should pay teachers to recruit new teachers. We also need a plan to retain teachers by offering them additional incentives. i also believe we should expand our best programs by evaluating how we assess students who speak a language other than English and we should partner community organizations and businesses in a mentor role. I am also advocating for a student on the school board and using them as advisors to policy and curriculum changes. I also think now is the time for BSD to become a district that offers adult education.
I am a published author and an English language arts and English-learner (EL) teacher at McKean High School for Red Clay Consolidated School District where I teach Advanced Placement literature and 11th-grade English language arts for newcomer ELs, and my team manages language-acquisition plans for more than 160 EL students in grades 9 through 12. I’ve led and executed programs and curricula serving more students with rigorous, grade-level material – resulting in 100 percent of McKean High’s EL seniors graduating in 2020.

In addition to my career as a teacher, I was the manager of an education non-profit, the Claymont Community Center, where I secured partnerships with school districts, other non-profits, and BHS educators to create a new, adult basic education and GED program. During my tenure there, the center’s adult English as a Second Language program more than doubled the number of immigrant students served. All of our k-12 students and adult students were BSD residents.
School boards need to understand and follow what science, the CDC says, and the Governor's recommendations for our public schools. I also think it would be wise for school districts in the same county adopt similar plans. The wisest thing is for the school district to have a couple models ready for fall reopening. It is also very important to get stakeholders to the table like teachers, parents, and students.
No. Unfortunately there is a gap between white and black students and proficiency levels in ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science. As a parent, it appears there is a lot of emphasis and focus on IB, and the Gifted Program, but if a child cannot qualify for the elite programs, this is not providing equitable opportunities and the opportunity gap continues. I am not interested in blaming anyone because the causes are complex, systemic, and not due to our actions, efforts, or intentions to educate all effectively. As someone who has been and is part of the solutions to equitably educate all students, I intend to use my experience and knowledge to design solutions that we all can be part of creating. If we want to know what will help our students, why don't we ask them? Our students are ready to advocate for themselves and each other.
A School board member serves but is a partner with the Superintendent, educators, families, students, and the community. They are representatives of the district and they should reflect the make up of who lives, works, and goes to schools in the district. A school board member is an advocate for everyone in the school district. I intend to continue to use my voice to uplift students, families, teachers, and schools. My family stands behind our choice: BSD.
This lawsuit was a longtime coming. Unfortunately in the past, English learners were not given any additional state funding so schools and school districts could meet their basic federally mandated services. As a teacher, I can tell you that our ELs, and our students from low incomes are some of our most vulnerable students. It's our responsibility, as a state, to make sure we have equitable funding to provide our students with services to help them become the people they are meant to be. This is our moral, philosophical, and legal responsibility so all students can succeed.

Passing the Opportunity Funding SB56 will help satisfy the lawsuit settlement, but this is just the beginning. This is one of the reasons I want to be on the BSD school board so I can help our district utilize this funding with the most effective forward-thinking plan. I have practical experience, and I intend to advocate for these students, families, and teachers who serve them.