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ISD #622 School Board Member at Large {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

School board members oversee the care, management, and control of schools within the district. This includes hiring, firing, and overseeing superintendents, who manage the day-to-day affairs of the district. They also set budgets and policies that affect students in classes and other activities that affect the students’ wellbeing and education.

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    Caleb Anderson

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    Dan Peltzman

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    Michelle Yener

Información Biográfica

Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

How will you work with staff and teachers to promote safety in our schools? (500 characters)

I grew up in Maplewood. My wife Rachel and I have lived in our Oakdale home for 11 years. I am a parent of a 7th grader at Skyview Middle, a 3rd grader at Eagle Point, and a 4 yr old in pre-k.

I am a 5th year preschool teacher in Woodbury, and I love my job. I also have a business degree from Hamline University, and prior career in sales, and financial sectors.

Prior, I was active with the district’s Hmong Parent Committee. I am in my 8th year on the school board, and am the treasurer.

I have 16 years experience serving on boards. I served on the MnSCU Board under Gov. Pawlenty, the MN Civil War Task force under Gov Dayton, past commissioner for the City of Maplewood, and a past Century College Alumni Association president.
I want all of our students to graduate college, career, and life ready. Not only do we need to maintain strong academic standards, we need to ensure we continue to build pathways for high demand trades and tech related jobs, encourage and support PSEO, CIS, and AP courses, and offer more education on financial literacy and helping the community.

Enhance School safety to foster a better learning environment.

We must do more to address teacher and other education staff shortages.
I will continue to advocate for the importance of mental health support for students and district employees. I will continue to dialogue with families, teachers, and staff about ways to intervene before behaviors can disrupt the sense of safety and community that everyone in the district should have. Additionally, I’ll continue to network with local lawmakers to try to increase access to counselors, social workers, and external mental health organizations.
A vote for me is a vote to support the progress of our district, support 622 staff and families, and support our community. I believe every child has a right to quality education, and in my time as a parent in 622 and then as a board member for the last four years, I have worked tirelessly to support that belief. I make time to do my research and fully understand an issue before it comes to a vote, attend as many district functions as able, and be available as needed for staff and families.
My first priority is making sure students are getting the education they deserve after the last several years of a pandemic. I also want to continue equity discussions so all students feel welcome to a quality education. Finally I want to advocate at the state level to make sure our district is not ignored.
Visiting the classrooms in the district is the best way to promote safety in our schools. By visiting, I can see what is happening in a class and the rooms around. In addition, I can talk face to face with the teachers and staff helping the students. By listening, I can educate myself and others on school safety.
Campaign Website http://www.danpeltzman.com
Campaign Mailing Address 2312 16TH AVE E
I am eager to get to work for ISD 622's community of educators, administrators, and, first and foremost, students and families. As the son of a public school teacher and father to a 622 student, I know that quality public schools are the backbone of healthy, inclusive communities. Together we can do the important work of ensuring excellent educational outcomes for all of our students.

My guiding light will always be what is best for our students.
1) Excellent educational outcomes for students - I believe we owe all of our students the resources they need to succeed academically and socially. 2) School safety - I believe that students need to be safe, and feel safe, in order to get the most out of their education. 3) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - I believe our schools must be places where the identities of every student, teacher, and administrator are celebrated.
Staff and teachers are the experts; they are the ones who are in our schools and with our students every day. I will seek out conversations about what they need to create a safe school environment, and I will listen to them. While things like security cameras and improvements to physical space are important, school safety also includes things like mental health resources. I will promote a well-rounded approach to school safety.
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