English Department Chair, Grade Leader, and English Teacher at Maritime Academy
Drexel University: M.Ed
Penn State: BA in Communications
I have been increasingly concerned about the lack of respect for teachers, support staff, and administrators; lack of diversity in curriculum; lack of equity; and the role personal political beliefs are playing in school board decisions. Since I am an educator, I plan on working for the benefit of all of the students. Many decisions often benefit the majority and exclude students who are not considered "mainstream"; I plan on using my voice to speak for all students, especially those often left on the sidelines. I will also be an advocate for diversity in our curriculum and necessary professional development and resources for our educators. I will make decisions grounded in logic, reason, and science. Finally, I plan on being transparent in this position and will encourage parents, taxpayers, and all other stakeholders in the district to express their needs and concerns prior to making any important decision.
I have an extremely diverse background, which makes me especially understanding of people from all walks of life. I am a Russian Jewish refugee. I went to Hebrew school, public school in Philadelphia, and then public school in Central Bucks. I have worked as a copywriter and editor for an engineering company, a major healthcare company, and an incredibly fast-paced healthcare consulting company. I have been an educator for over 7 years with experience in public schools and charter schools. As an educational leader, I have implemented curriculum, various teacher programs, and training. My eclectic professional background allows me to learn almost any skill quickly and with ease. As an immigrant, I am empathetic to the needs and struggles of children who don't always fit in. All of my personal experience translates into empathy and understanding the needs of all students. I am able to look at any situation from every angle and make decisions under immense pressure.
I am certified in Culturally Responsive Literature and DEI work is very important to me. I believe when students read literature with characters who look like them, they feel valued. Emily Style, the author of “Curriculum as Window and Mirror,” insisted that standard curriculum has "blind spots" and some members in our society have "many mirrors to look in, and few windows which frame others’ lives." Because not all are represented in the standard curriculum, many students feel left out and as if their stories don't matter. Therefore, I will listen to the experts in the field of DEI work to make sure we have a culturally responsive and historically authentic curriculum.
I would change the current plan to include mandatory masking for elementary students who are unable to be vaccinated, contact tracing, and a dashboard with in-school case counts. It's important to protect our families, teachers, and staff and the medical and scientific communities agree masks work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I would trust the advice of the doctors and experts who have studied infectious diseases and follow the guidance of those who are way more knowledgeable than I am. I also believe it's important to be flexible with the ever-changing virus and its yet unknown risks and long-term effects.
Taught high school history for five years.
Attorney for 17 years.
Temple University, J.D. 1998/
University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A. 1996/
Allentown College, B.A. 1991
"Now more than ever our community needs sound leadership and a school board they can count on. Our children, parents, and taxpayers are facing a crisis and we need adults in the room who will fight for what’s best for our children. There’s a responsibility that comes with leadership, and I intend on bringing the integrity and accountability to this position that it deserves."
I appreciate the unique role education plays in helping children succeed in life.
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