I would like to announce my candidacy for reelection to the North Shore Board of Education. Through my experiences as a board member over the last three years, I have gained a great deal of insight about the workings of public education both on a local and national scale. I believe this experience makes me an even stronger candidate now than I was three years ago, and I hope to have the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills to work for the North Shore community for another term.
During my tenure on the board of education, I have advocated for a curriculum that focuses on creating life-long learners and engaged citizens. As such, I authored the board’s resolution on high stakes testing, which argued for limiting the impact of government mandated testing on our high-performing schools.
My work on the board has also focused on promoting and protecting the overall well-being of our students. I am a board representative to the Wellness and Health & Safety Committees and have also initiated a review of our student data privacy policies.
As a CEO and business owner, I am very conscious of the duty of a school district to be fiscally responsible. For the past 16 years, I have owned and run a national, catalog-based company, an experience that has honed my skills in long term planning, budgeting, and creative problem-solving. I also bring to the board a significant background in fundraising and public/private partnerships through my work for Citymeals-on-Wheels.
In addition to serving on the board of education, I have greatly enjoyed volunteering in our schools and community. Most recently, I co-founded the volunteer run, nonprofit Sea Cliff MAKEshop, which brings new opportunities for the children in our district to learn coding, math and engineering.
My wife and I have lived in Sea Cliff for 16 years and currently have a daughter at North Shore Middle School and a son at Sea Cliff School. We consider ourselves lucky to live in a community where so many residents, even those without children in the schools, are such staunch supporters of our district. I believe our strong schools contribute to the value of our homes and our community, and I ask that you vote on May 17 to reelect me to the North Shore Board of Education.