Our schools build our future community framework and our community is waiting for students to pour back into it. By investing in the whole of our students, we strengthen and improve our quality of life. “It takes the community.”
- “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”
- “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”
Of course we need to teach children core curriculum, but there is more it doesn’t stop there! A child’s future, emotional and interpersonal growth is also very important. Older children need purpose, direction and helpful guidance towards their future.
By integrating into enrichment, home room and seminar courses two systems, we can achieve this. “Future Finder and “Student Focus”. “Future finder” which would incrementally help students identify their own unique strengths, abilities and future plan as well as guide them to it. “Student Focus” where in tandem this other critical student focused program would build the students emotional health, emotional intelligence, interpersonal growth, respect for themselves, for their teachers, and for others while helping them manage stress.
These initiatives will help students find traction and purpose, will help them believe in themselves and build empathy while curbing student emotional issues, reducing physical and cyber bullying by student self examination. Children built with solid direction can then propagate themselves from a foundation in a clear direction. With this better understanding of themselves, the student is informed well to decide if after graduation: further education, trade school, internships or certifications will work for them. It will also inform them which occupational or elective courses would serve them best along the way towards their goal.
Further, we could ask professionals, institutions and industries, to come into schools physically or virtually and meet with student groups with like-minded interests to help answer questions and help guide the students area of interest as identified. Using student, parent, teacher, counselor interactive software, together little by little, from k-12 we inquire, we identify, discover, encourage and reveal to the student their shining light as a beacon to know and unlock their potential and realize their inherent gifts. We will help them achieve their dreams and direction as they discover their future.
Now is the time to collectively renew our sense of trust, pride, hope, opportunity, and unity, for our children, teachers, and community. Together we take up the essential attitude of “whatever it takes” and shine a guiding light into each child’s future. It makes sense that it takes an all-In effort to be successful. It is not just our educators who make that difference but, each person of the community should begin to ask themselves, “can I personally make a difference?” To achieve unity and congruency in our community we can encourage, implement, grow and compliment educational and extra curricular programs. In and apart from WCSD there are ideas and people, waiting in the wings to serve needs, solve problems and add value in various ways. We will empower our precious teachers to use their creativity, experience, studies, gifts and passions, to inform and enhance curriculum, discover how to instruct and teach each child singularly how to learn and not just how to pass a standardized test. Washoe County is marked by each invaluable and unique contribution, achievement or idea from our educators, students and community as together we leave no stone unturned or child left behind. The spirit of unity and common good in the community and the service to preserve its beauty is priceless. We each ask ourselves, “ do I have the passion, competency and capacity to make a unique positive difference?” Complimenting and employing various community youth programs will be essential in empowering a healthy community to make a lasting impact.
My school experience:
I owe where I am to my many teachers throughout my educational experience, as do many others.
At a young age, my imagination was strong as I would be outside for hours thinking and playing. I can still remember the bones of the body from 6th grade and the numerous things taught to me e.g rocks and cloud formations. I was mis-diagnosed with a learning disability and at the same time gifted and talented. (Talk about confused) I didn’t fit in a presupposed standard-sized box like many others who are gifted in some areas and not in others. I was awarded a scholarship for my creative ability, but my analytical interest in “understanding how things work” was misunderstood and my wonder of science was not encouraged or realized.
During college, soon realizing after my 30 credits of unproven purpose, yet valuable education the debt I would incur continuing education could cripple me. After not knowing how my ability and college path was viable towards survival to an unknown job market in my singular areas of study I had to find a plan quickly. I didn’t want to accumulate debt and couldn’t see an occupation that matched my talents and interests. After not finding a viable niche in Arts or Business I then had to seek employment looking for a good paying job while leaving my creative tendencies and inquisitiveness of science behind.
Using my creativity, I found favor serving customers in many capacities to earn a decent paycheck in run of the mill jobs. Through years of diversity, I found a great job. Longing to create during my work, I developed ideas of how to improve my industry, but hadn’t the educational backing to make it happen and create my visions. I carried this longing to create with me until I realized that my other strong suites were communication and science. I could use technology to learn how tech things work and the only way to be given a chance to create and improve upon them would be to know them well.
I have been back in school with a purpose and am just six courses away from my associates degree in communication and science. Unfortunately the 30 credits I had from my early community college studies were lost and I like many others, am now playing catch up.
My wish is to provide students by the time they are graduating high school with a comprehensive idea towards an A, B and C plan of where their gifts and talents can be propagated and celebrated by those like them in their occupational community. Here, students can do what they love to their enjoyment, right out of high school. They can make a meaningful difference in serving the community and bringing themselves a good salary. We can push back mediocrity, melancholy and malaise. This foundation can give the student time to earn money and think about the possibility of further education as they go, not going in debt without a plan.
As one who works in the IT field, I along with others in tech, realize the evolving need to simplify, safeguard and further develop technologies. There is an ever increasing opportunity and need for well trained IT personnel and many career options that are and will be made available locally. Our local economy continues to evolve and big tech businesses that continue to moves to TRIC and USA will need qualified personnel.
As development of technology continues, jobs in tech: ethics, consumer privacy, security, AI, identity misuse, theft and Cybersecurity are growing. There are many certificates achievable online and locally from local public and private companies, schools and universities that can integrate into our school system to start a student tech career. This will help interested students propel into great paying jobs right out of high school or start a rewarding higher learning program into schools that will pave the way into uncharted rewarding careers.
Additionally, these careers in tech not only assist in creating new innovations, but will safeguard our communities technical future. Developing technologies further open up the need for ethical boundaries and safety, to our online experience, user identity and homeland security. The various platforms we use everyday as consumers, businesses people or simply for fun and leisure will need innovative protection. There are various threats on the rise of attempts on our citizens everyday from criminals in our country and from abroad. These criminal threats include, scam calls, spamming, fishing and other grooming threats and tactics used to exploit unsuspecting children, adults and seniors of our community. Our trailblazing students of washoe county; working with, our government and law enforcement can lead the way towards defending our citizens, simplifying and developing the next platform.
My acquaintances with others in information technology fields makes me an asset to the School Board as I understand how much technology is beneficial and how much is possibly detrimental to important human connections. I have studied BYOD technology which is similar to software programs needed to secure network access that which will need to be device deployed in distance learning plans using a platform from a vendor. In addition to distance learning strategy, if elected I will also partner with District IT and Engineers to review and enhance technology security and privacy strategy. I will be an advocate to the next generation of students wanting to pursue careers in tech, developing and safeguarding our virtual lives.
Children can be more than gamers…
There is more of a call on a kids life than that!
As parents of school aged children and residents of our community, we all appreciate trustees with the chief ideal of service to our children, teachers and the future of our community. A large part of the present and future impact on our schools and community is determined by the decisions and policy our WCSD School Board Trustees set. A trustee is accountable to those who entrusted them.