The Board of Education's (BOE) goal is to ensure and advance student success. To maximize student achievement, the BOE must work with all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, school faculty and staff, and community members. My background enables me to act as a voice for each of these stakeholder groups.
I am a Stonington graduate. I attended Stonington Public Schools for my entire K-12 career. I credit SPS for helping me build a foundation for success well beyond my 2009 high school graduation. I participated in many of SPS's rich extracurricular curricular activities including band, cross-country, track, basketball, student government, theatre, and a variety of after-school clubs and groups. I understand the positive impact that these activities have on skill development, relationship building, and physical and mental health.
I’m a parent. My wife, Ellen, and I have two beautiful daughters, Tess (2) and Neve (4 months). By the end of my first term as a BOE representative, Tess will be a student at West Vine. I have skin in the game in ensuring that Stonington offers ample educational opportunities for Stonington students.
I was a teacher. I understand the day-to-day life of a teacher. I know how to work closely with parents and administrators to meet the individual needs of every student. I have attended interviews for faculty and administrative hires. I have worked with district and state curriculum directors to tailor lessons to maximize student achievement. I have attended PPT meetingsand conferences to advocate for student’s needs. I have fostered meaningful relationships with students, fellow teachers, faculty, staff, community members and understand the importance of each in student success.
I have strong ties to the Stonington community. My family has resided in Stonington and has been active in the community for over 70 years. My father grew up in Pawcatuck, my mother in the Borough, and my siblings and I were raised in Pawcatuck. I have held a variety of jobs in town, starting at ten years old as a New London Day paperboy. I was also a bank teller and a basketball referee. Along the way, I have made valuable and lasting connections with community members.
I have extensive professional education experience. I have held positions as a high school teacher, educational consultant, conference presenter, published educational researcher, data analyst for an educational software company, undergraduate and graduate university instructor, and university guest lecturer. I have a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. I am also working on my dissertation toward a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. Through this in-depth study of education, I have developed a deep understanding of the current body of research in educational assessment, evaluation, instruction, policy, and student learning. I pledge to align my policy decisions to research and data wherever possible.
I love this town, have a deep understanding of what makes Stonington tic, and will work passionately to advance the community that has served my family and me so well.
I believe my background will allow me to advocate for students, parents, teachers, and community members and would appreciate your support and your vote on November 2nd!
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