It seems like much of my time in Glendale has led to serving on the School Board. My wife Judy and I have had three sons and two grandsons attend Glendale public schools. I served as President of Glendale High’s PTA and then taught English there for eight years. When I meet or hear from former students who tell me about their work, their college, or their families and thank me for having been their teacher, I feel proud to have played a part in their education, in their future. With my background, I can also play a valuable part on our school board.
My experiences will help in understanding the points of view of at least three different groups:
FIRST, Glendale parents whose primary concerns are their children’s health, safety and security. Schools must have the staffing necessary to address these issues. Well-trained counselors, nurses, psychologists, maintenance staffs and security officers must share a high priority with teachers and administrators.
SECOND, teachers and students whose experiences in the classroom I have shared and whose problems I understand. Unlike other professionals, teachers get little time to observe other teachers, to be coached by the best teachers around, to get the same help that medical doctors, attorneys and pro athletes get from more senior members of their profession or expert coaches. Teachers, just like their students, need regular evaluation, feedback and professional development to achieve their potential. I intend to be a voice for seeing that these needs are met.
THIRD, the citizens of Glendale among whom I have been active for over 30 years. We want schools that we can brag about, schools with students who are proud of their beautiful campuses, their academic successes, and their sports and arts programs. There is no better investment than our schools. The return on this investment is a Glendale future with better educated voters, workers, leaders and parents.
FINALLY, I do have experience with budgets and long term planning, but more than ANYTHING, I think people who know me will tell you that when I commit to a cause, I give it my all. And I can think of no more worthy cause than the education of Glendale’s children, our city’s future.
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