One person can make a difference

By From page A13 | November 04, 2012

As a Davis parent and educator, I know the difference that one dedicated, passionate, conscientious and highly skilled individual can make. Having served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Special Education with Alan Fernandes, I believe he brings the experience, integrity and commitment to collaboration that our school district needs.

Alan is a strong communicator who is committed to listening to all perspectives, understanding the facts and working collaboratively to come up with innovative and effective solutions to complex problems. Alan willingly embraces challenge and change, and he is committed to ensuring that decisions made best meet the needs of all students and schools.

I share Alan’s belief that teachers are the heart of our educational system, and I value his desire to engage them in district decision-making. I believe Alan’s commitment to instructional leadership and increasing equity within and between our schools set him apart as a candidate.

Alan understands that every teacher at each of our school sites must be provided with the tools and support necessary to effectively differentiate instruction in order to engage, challenge and educate each and every DJUSD student. Davis teachers saw the values and skills Alan would bring to our school board and chose to give him their sole endorsement.

I have known Alan and Lia since their oldest son started preschool in 2007. Over the past five years, I have gotten to know them, their sons and both sets of grandparents as they have served in our preschool classrooms and participated in preschool events. There are few extended families as dedicated to our community or as invested in our schools. Alan and his family have helped build an inclusive, caring, positive preschool community; the kind of community I wish for all of our students and schools.

Please join me in voting for Alan Fernandes for school board, as well as yes on Measure E and Proposition 30. Each of us can make a difference by voting, and I believe Alan is a passionate leader ready to make a positive difference on behalf of our students and schools.

Amy Duffy

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