Do you have questions? JPEF did and these were the answers.

What are your priorities for the
district in the coming year? Why and how did you select these issues? 
The immediate priority is to make
sure teachers and students return to school in a safe and timely fashion. Next
it would be to help pass the referendum, help elect pro-education candidates
for various offices and to make sure teachers finally had a voice on the school
board because the better things are for teachers, the better things will be for
School board members are elected
to represent not only the interests of the schools located in their district,
but also the school system as a whole. In the past, this has at times led to
conflict among board members. What is your philosophy on this issue? What would
you do to keep cohesiveness and communication among school board members?
I would visit schools across the
district to try and leans their needs. Currently, I teach in district 4 and have
taught in district 5 while I live in district 3. Some districts have more needs
than others and since as a system we are only as good as our weakest member I
would work to make sure those schools received the support and resources they
What would you do to improve
communication and strengthen your relationships between the schools, parents
and community members, especially when a new program or policy is introduced?
It is not just communication between
those groups, but it is also between the administration and teachers which is
often poor. Sometimes the district initiates policies and does not think about
how it affects various groups or people until it affects various groups or
people. I would lead the fight to change that.
Then through my Blog Education
Matters I have over 30k education conversations a month for over a decade. If I
was on the school board it could be ten times that. I am in a unique position
to inform the community unlike any school board member has before.   
Please check out Education Matters
to learn more.
Then I am a big believer in town
halls, group meetings, and office hours. I will be there to listen and work to
make things better for all involved parties.
In addition to voting for school
board members, members of our community will also vote on a half-penny sales tax
referendum to fund an extensive capital facilities plan in November. Do you
support the referendum and capital plan, and how do you plan to engage with it
as a school board candidate and member?
Absolutely I support it. As a
teacher and education activist, I have already written dozens of pieces about
why it is a necessity and even reached out to the group running the initiative
and offered my services.
Over the last few years, the The legislature has had a big impact on local public education. What are your top
issues at the state level, and how would you work with legislators in
Tallahassee to represent the needs of our students?
The reality is we must elect pro-education candidates if we want to see meaningful change and support at the
state level. I will campaign for them and do all I can to help get them,
elected. Then I will continue to inform the public about what is going on
because I believe they will be shocked and want better. As I mentioned above as
a blogger, I already have 30k education conversations a month. As a school
board member, I hope my reach will be ten times that and it is my thought informing
the people can help positive change can occur. 
Duval County, like districts
across the country, has a teacher recruitment and retention problem. How do you
think our district can address this shortage?
In the short term, we have to put in
place supports and resources to help teachers succeed, and then we have to make
sure those same teachers are not marginalized or overwhelmed and that will slow
the retention problem. Then we must work on the pay issue and that means
electing pro-education representatives. Finally, we must recruit teachers that
may make teaching a career. It might surprise you but we don’t really do that
As Duval County has made great
progress in education, there are still students who are falling behind. How
would you keep a focus on addressing inequities in student performance and
supporting schools in low-income neighborhoods?
Some kids need more time to master
the material for them we may need a longer school day or a longer school year.
Then we also need more mental health counselors and social workers because
quite often why a child acts up or does poorly in school has nothing to do with

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