Community and Citywide Education Council
2011 – 2013 Election
Candidate Information and Voter Guide

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Welcome To Your Community and/or Citywide Education Council Voter Guide

This online Voter Guide includes all the information and facts you need to know in order to cast your advisory vote in New York City’s Community and Citywide Education Council elections this year.

Each Community and Citywide Education Council candidate had the opportunity to include an Applicant Background and a Personal Statement when submitting their application. For those candidates that submitted an Applicant Background and a Personal Statement that information is included below, as well as the candidate’s name and the qualifying school his/her child attends. Within this online Voter Guide, candidate information is separated into both district and citywide councils.

Parents, you will have the opportunity to cast an advisory vote to show support for candidates you believe will best represent and advocate for your child’s educational interests and needs on the education council. It is recommended that you use this online Voter Guide to learn about the candidates running for a seat on the 2011-2013 Community and Citywide Education Councils.

Beginning Wednesday, May 18th, all students will receive information intended for your use about voting. Students in grades K-8 will receive this information at school, so remember to check their book bags. Parents of high school students will receive it by mail, directly at the address provided to the school at the beginning of the school year.

Your vote is important!

  • You can cast your vote ONLINE from May 18th - May 25th, 2011 at www.powertotheparents.org.
  • Vote anytime, day or night from any computer with internet access.
  • It tells your PA/PTA Officers who you believe will best represent you!
  • May 27th through June 3rd, PA/PTA Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers (official selectors) will be given a tally of how you and other parents voted.
  • Afterwards, they will cast your school’s official vote. Make sure your voice is heard—VOTE.

Your vote is YOUR VOICE .

  • In just a few steps and in a matter of minutes, after turning on your computer, you will be just a “click” away from casting your vote online!

What do Community and Citywide Education Council members do?

Community and Citywide Education Council members advocate on behalf of parents and families in their district to help better our schools and ensure community needs are addressed.

  • Key responsibilities of Community and Citywide Education Council members include:
  • Promoting the achievement of education standards relating to the instruction of students;
  • Reviewing the district’s educational programs and assessing their effect on student achievement;
  • Approving zoning lines as submitted by the superintendent;
  • Holding public meetings at least once a month with the superintendent where the public may speak;
  • Liaising with and providing assistance to School Leadership Teams (SLT);
  • Participating in training and continuing education programs.

How to Vote

Information on voting will also be sent home from schools during the week of May 16th. From May 18th through May 25th, parents will be able to cast a vote in each district where their children attend school. Voting is quick and easy and can be conducted from any computer with internet access during any hour of the day or night.

  1. From May 18th through May 25th, go on the internet to www.powertotheparents.org
  2. Click button on the screen that says “VOTE HERE”
  3. Enter your Student’s ID # (OSIS Number) to login
  4. Enter your Zip Code as the password
  5. When the candidate list appears, click the box next to the name of candidates that you want to support.
  6. Click the button that says “SUBMIT”
  7. That’s it! An acknowledgement of your vote will appear on the screen so you know your vote has been received.

    If you have questions or would like more information about the Community or Citywide Education Council (CEC) Elections, visit www.powertotheparents.org or call 212-374-2323.



    Candidates

    Community Education Council - District 1

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    Daniel Scott Becker

    Qualifiying School:01M110

    Applicant Background

    I have always been active in my children's school PTAs. Last year when I heard that the CEC in my home district was short members, I submitted an application, was approved and unanimously voted on to the District One CEC. Over the past year I have also served as the Secretary to the PS 110 PTA. I have experience and knowledge regarding Special Education as my oldest son now has a Section 504 (previously had an IEP) and my youngest son currently has an IEP. I have previously experienced and learned to seek help in obtaining varied services to help my children achieve the highest level of education.

    Personal Statement

    Although very time consuming, I have enjoyed being a member of the CEC for District One. The CEC is one of the few places where a parent can have a voice in New York City public school education and engage other parents, other schools and other communities in conversations as to how best to bring quality education and necessary resources to all of our children. I believe that I have been and will continue to be an effective advocate in serving our entire community. I will continue the conversation with parents, school leaders, our neighboring districts and communities and representatives the Department of Education. Parents need to voice their concerns over the quality of education that our children are receiving and/or should be receiving.

    Cynthia Bonano

    Qualifiying School:01M188

    Applicant Background

    I currently am part of the SLT and PSA in PS/MS 188. I am also a Learning Leader parent volunteer.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the CEC because as a member of the SLT and the PSA in my daughter Allison Castillo's school I could be an asset knowing first hand the issues in her school. I would also like to serve on the CEC because I feel that I can help make a difference an I am a dedicated volunteer and parent.

    Jacqueline Borde

    Qualifiying School:01M315

    Applicant Background

    1 PA Vice President 2010/2011 EVCS PS 315 2 I have served on the Executive Committee for 3 years at EVCS

    Personal Statement

    I believe in Public School Education and I believe that our children's success and our school's success is a direct result of parent/community involvement. Serving on the Executive Committee for the last 3 years, I have had the opportunity to witness parents effect positive change with in our schools community. During this time I have help parent voice and reflect their desires and concerns to our schools administration. We are a school dedicated to understanding the divers needs of our population. Social services/educational programs are rapidly depleting and it is imperative for parents to know their rights and feel represented when facing the DOE and powers that be. I am a dedicated parent who wants the best for their children. And I am very aware that my children's growth is shaped by the health of their environment. I would very much like to serve on this council and to help ensure the productive health and vitality of our public school system.

    Lisa B Donlan

    Qualifiying School:01M839* (Candidate’s child currently attends an out-of-state public school)

    Applicant Background

    I began volunteering as a class parent in the community school next door to my house that my children attended for elementary school. After one year I agreed to serve as the Treasurer for the PTA, which I did for the next 5 years. As my eldest moved up to a new community initiated small Middle School i served as Vice president and the President of that school's PTA. Asa PTA president I became actively involved in my district Presidents Council where I was asked to run for a seat on the CEC. I have served on my district CEC for the last three terms, as an office ( two years as First VP and 4 years as President).

    Personal Statement

    While the rights and responsibilities of the CEC are clearly limited, I believe strongly n the power of engaged, informed and united parents teachers and community members to make shared decisions about their schools and communities. . The CEC is the only forum currently where concerned citizens, parents, teachers, students and administrators can meet monthly to share information, discuss issues, get answers for the DoE and take actions on the school district level. For this reason, I have contributed my time and energy to my local district Education Council, and would relish the opportunity to continue this work over the next two years. Each Council is made up of a new group of elected and appointed members who together establish their goals, processes and mission. In past Councils we have worked together in the struggle to: fight school budget cuts; reduce class size and overcrowding; protect our highest needs students from unfair co locations; create equitable, choice driven admissions policies that reflect our local values and priorities; to name a few. I would be grateful to be elected to the 2011-2013 Council to be able to continue serving the inspiring District One Schools community.

    Tamika Kelly Felix

    Qualifiying School:01M188

    Applicant Background

    I am currently part of the SLT in my sons school. I have also been apart of the PSA in my sons school as a Title I Representative and currently serve on the DPAC Title I Outreach as the Chairperson. Another program I am currently apart of PS/MS 188 The Island School is Learning Leaders as a parent volunteer.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in serving on the CEC because as a member of the SLT and DPAC I feel I could be an asset knowing first hand the issues going on in my school. I would also like to serve on the CEC because I feel that I can help make a difference and am a dedicated parent.

    Corinna Lindenberg

    Qualifiying School:01M364

    Applicant Background

    PA president of Earth School (2005-2008) and I.C.E. (2010-..), President's Council president District 1 (2006-2008), CPAC rep District 1 (2006-2008)

    Personal Statement

    My engagement in the education of School District 1 so far has helped me embrace all our different backgrounds even more and therefore my personal agenda for the next term would be to ensure that the Lower East Side remains diverse in every classroom and that our teachers will be provided with the resources they need to meet each of our children wherer they are at. Only together can we thrive to become a better people while respecting our individualities.

    Andrew Reicher

    Qualifiying School:01M839* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 01M696)

    Applicant Background

    I have been a resident of the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1978. Since that time I have been actively involved in community issues around the neighborhood and throughout the City and both through my work and volunteer memberships. These issues include affordable housing, community gardens, economic development and community development. I have also served on the PTA in my children's elementary school, have been a member of the PTA President's Council and the Community School Board for District 1 and a member of the CEC for District 1 since CECs were created.

    Personal Statement

    I wish to continue to serve on the Community Education Council for District One to further the struggle to preserve and protect the education gains that have been made in District One; to involve parents in this struggle and work for further improvements in our District's schools. I will continue to lead the annual Capital Plan approval that is part of the CEC's responsibilities and would like to see the CEC focus more on space planning and space needs for our schools. Further, I would like to see more emphasis put on improving the Middle School choices for District One families. Finally, I hope to work with my fellow CEC members and the District One School Community to make the role of the CEC more relevant and effective in the effort to improve the education and the education opportunities for all of our district's children.

    Gary Shaw

    Qualifiying School:01M110

    Applicant Background

    PTA Treasurer at PS110 2006-2009 PTA President at PS110 2009-2010 Elected SLT member PS110 2006-2008

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the CEC because I do not think that the current membership accurately represents the views of all of the parents in District 1. I wholeheartedly support the opening and expansion of Girls Prep., which most of the current CEC members oppose. I would like to see an all boys equivalent and an English/Spanish bi-lingual school in our district. I would also like to see the lack of adequate Middle school choices in our district addressed. For the school system as a whole, I would like to see the over-long 11 week Summer vacation reduced by at least 3 weeks. Compared to children in most other OECD countries, over the time spent at school from Elementary school through High school, American children are losing the equivalent of a whole school year. I would also like the school day extended until 4pm after first grade. I think I would be effective because of the time I have spent working with the parents at PS110 on the PTA.

    Julie Stark

    Qualifiying School:01M361

    Applicant Background

    PTA Vice President, 2010-2011 Member of various school committees, 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Practicing Attorney committed to providing pro bono representation as part of my practice. I have been involved with my children's school since they began attending in Pre-K. This year I ran for an office on the PTA Exec Board and I have become involved in writing grants, helping to develop our school website, and adding new enrichment programs to our the after-school options available for our students. I have many friends and neighbors with children who attend our school as well as several other District 1 schools. I am eager to get involved on a broader level and help all of the families in our district have access to a superior education as well as information about their school and their school district.

    Personal Statement

    I have many friends and neighbors with children who attend our school as well as several other District 1 schools. I am eager to get involved on a broader level, beyond assisting solely at our school, and help improve the education for all the families in my our school district. I also want to help families the parents in our school district learn more about their schools and our district so that more of them can also become involved. I believe that my skills and experience would mane a positive contribution to the CEC and it would be an honor to serve.

    Douglas Stern

    Qualifiying School:01M110

    Applicant Background

    I am an active participant in my child's Parent Teacher Association, I volunteer at functions and help with fundraising activities wherever possible. I am also currently a member of the CEC1; I serve as the secretary.

    Personal Statement

    I want to help provide a school environment that meets the needs of all of the children of District 1. I strive to maintain a diverse school system that encourages children to learn and achieve their goals.

    Katy Stokes

    Qualifiying School:01M539

    Applicant Background

    I have served as PTA Co-President (for 5 years), as a member of our School Leadership Team (for 5 years), as Co-President of the District 1 Presidents Council (for 2 years), and as a member of the District 1 Leadership Team (for 1 year). I have been immersed in educational issues and would like to deepen my involvement and do what I can to help ensure that all parents have their voices heard. I also have been re-elected to the Board of our church and I serve as its Treasurer.

    Personal Statement

    Every parent counts! Education can't be effective and multi-dimensional if it is determined only by DOE administrators and teachers -- no matter how good they are. To be effective, educational policy decisions need to include more input from parents. Too often, parental input is dismissed as self-interested and uninformed. But if parents were given a more powerful voice in the educational process, everyone would benefit greatly. As an elected parent volunteer for several years (5 yrs as PTA Co-President), and as a former lawyer, I have learned how to represent the needs of parents in an effective and calm manner. If elected to the CEC, I intend to be a strong voice who can represent the very valid concerns of District 1 parents to ensure the best possible education for all District 1 students.



    Community Education Council - District 2

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    Cynthia Alvarez

    Qualifiying School:02M167

    Applicant Background

    I am very vested in the empowerment of all children in the New York City Public Schools.

    Personal Statement

    I am a member of CEC D2 and my position has always stood on that I am here to represent the parents that are not able and are afraid to speak for themselves and their children. Our responsibility as members of the CEC is to represent all of the children of the district and not any particular zone.

    Beth Cirone

    Qualifiying School:02M006

    Applicant Background

    I have served as a member of the Community Education Council in District 2 (CECD2) for the past two years. I have advocated for parents and students in District 2 on a variety of issues including rezoning in lower Manhattan and on the upper east side, overcrowding, the need for more public schools throughout our District, providing assistance to children with special education needs, the need for assistant teachers in our classrooms and allocation of funds by the DOE. I have consistently advocated against charter schools being allowed to share space with traditional public schools for reasons set forth in more detail in my personal statement. In addition, I have been a public servant throughout my career. I served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan for 16 years and in that position advocated for and helped many inmembers of our community. Aside from my duties investigating and prosecuting cases, I would meet with community members to discuss safety issues and I assisted in training counselors who aided crime victims in hospitals throughout Manhattan.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue on the work I have engaged in for the past two years as a member of the Community Education Council. Rezoning is an ongoing issue and the experience I have gained over the past two years will be invaluable as the CEC continues to address issues relating to rezoning and overcrowding. I want to continue to advocate against charter schools that are allowed to co-locate in traditional public schools. Charter schools are allowed to have far smaller class sizes than the host public school. When a charter school is given classrooms in a traditional public school, it results in the larger classes of children in the host public school being crammed into even fewer classrooms, increasing their class sizes even more. Charter schools are allowed to receive public funding from the DOE and private funding, while traditional public school schools are not allowed to accept private funding. This creates divisiveness in communities as parents in public schools see children in co-located charter schools receiving many amenities that their children are not receiving. It is not a fair system. I also want to continue the fight for more elementary and middle schools in our community.

    T. Elzora Cleveland

    Qualifiying School:02M312

    Applicant Background

    I will be the immediate past President of the Community Education Council for both years of my two year term. I am a former Chair of the School Leadership Team, President of the PTA, President of the Title 1 Committee and Fundraising Chair at Chelsea Prep. I attend Community Board 4 Meetings and events held by the United Federation of Teachers. I am a Learning Leader, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and an Accountant.

    Personal Statement

    As ,the soon to be, past President of the Community Education Council, for two years, I've learned more about the needs and wants for our district. Having formed excellent relationships with PTA Presidents, SLT Chairs, Principals, Parent Coordinators, other CEC's, OFIA, the UFT, the DOE, Elected Officials, and multiple community board members I feel it is my responsibility to be a voice for the parents and our children in district 2. I am a leader. I do not have a personal agenda; my decisions are never based solely on the decisions of any Elected Official, Community Board or Privately held parent groups. I listen to the facts, solicit input from the community (Parents, children, Principals, teachers, staff, elected officials, community boards and multiple groups, before determining how to advocate for my constituents' ... making me a very effective individual.

    Felicia Finch

    Qualifiying School:02M167

    Applicant Background

    I AM A PROBATION OFFICER FOR CHILDREN AND I AM HEAVENLY INVOLED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLIS MANHATTAN BECAUSE MY PROBATIONERS ATTEND THOSE SCHOOLS. I SIT IN ON MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE SAFETY MEASURE OF OTHER STUDENTS IN THE VARIOUS SCHOOL IF THERE IS GANG INVOLVMENT ON MY CASES TO MAKE THE ADMINISTRATIS AWARE OF THE SITUATION THEY ARE DEALING WITH. I GO TO TOWN HALL MEETINGS,FOR EXAMPLE WHEN PS116 IN MY COMMUNITY WAS BEING THREATENED TO HAVE TRAILORS PUT UP IN THE SCHOOL YARD, I SPOKE UP AS A PARENT AND AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL FOR CHILDREN.

    Personal Statement

    I WANT TO SERVE ON THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL TO BE MORE INFORMED IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM BECAUSE AS A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG BOYS WHO ARE STRIVING TO DO THEIR BEST IN SCHOOL,THE EDUCATION SYSTEM CHANGES DAILY. I WANT TO BE MORE INFORMED ABOUT THE SYSTEM SO I CAN BETTER HELP MY CHILDREN AS WELL AS MY CHILDREN ON MY CASELOAD AS A PROBATION OFFICER.

    Demetri Ganiaris

    Qualifiying School:02M234

    Applicant Background

    During 2009-2010 school year was a member of PS 234 PTA as a community outreach - focused on attending CB#1 mtgs and CEC 2 mtgs and reporting back to PTA, and helped create awareness among parents about rezoning and budge issues effecting our schools

    Personal Statement

    I want to represent PS 234 and downtown on CEC 2 b/c I feel I can effectively communicate our downtown community concerns in a manner that keeps all of CEC 2's issues in context. We are one school system and one school district and we must work together to achieve our mutual goals.

    Lorrie Allyson Giventer

    Qualifiying School:02M006

    Applicant Background

    We lived in Washington, DC until last summer, and our kids attended DC PS Horace Mann (not the private school in NY). At Horace Mann, I was a member of the LSRT (Local School Restructuring Team), which addressed instructional and management issues related to the school. Also, I was a member of Horace Mann's renovation committee, and of it's green/school lunch committee. In addition, for the past six years, I have served Brown University as an area chair for alumni interviews (3 years co-chairing the Maryland suburbs; 1 year heading DC; and this past year I became a co-chair for Manhattan).

    Personal Statement

    Next year, I will have three children attending PS 6, and I am truly motivated to help improve educational quality in our district. My training as a lawyer (I was a litigator or a judicial law clerk for 8 years) helps me to serve as an advocate for the interests of students and families. It also helps me to communicate with families about the needs of the Department of Education and the district schools. I also successfully served in a similar role on the LSRT (Local School Restructuring Team) at the DC PS Horace Mann, which my children attended from pre-k until our move last summer to New York. I would be very grateful fo the opportunity to continue this service.

    Cheryl Darlene Glover

    Qualifiying School:02M225

    Applicant Background

    From 1977 through 1986 I was Group Teacher of four year olds in a neighborhood based child care center. I also served as an Associate Director of a CPSE program in a neighborhood day care center. Both of these were located in the Highbridge section of Bronx, New York. From 1995 through 2010, I was employed in numerous positions in the New York City Early Intervention Program. I was also employed from 1986 through 1994 in varying capacities in what is now known as Administration for Children Services (ACS). During those years I worked with many typically developing children and with many special education students. In ACS, I facilitated parenting classes for parents of special needs children and for parents of children who were HIV positive. When my niece was in high school I often accompanied parents and school staff to Albany,NY to express concern over various issues/practices. I am a Sunday School Teacher and have worked with autistic children as well as children who are hearing impaired and their families.

    Personal Statement

    I have always loved children. I have always been an advocate for children. I do not remember a time when I did not have a heart for children. I have also never been employed anywhere wherein children were not the focus and as such always stood for any child's best interest. The most direct answer to this question: I have always been an advocate for children.

    Eric B Goldberg

    Qualifiying School:02M116

    Applicant Background

    In my work at a corporate foundation focused on education, I spend significant time collaborating with groups that are working every day to improve student achievement. This work keeps me in close contact with our schools and most importantly the issues facing our children. I support work in areas that explore teacher effectiveness and principal leadership and much of the Foundation's giving centers on programs that bring communities into our schools. We identify and share effective teaching methods and leadership models across schools and support initiatives that focus on collaboration within the school and with the broader community. In addition, we work closely with youth development programs in both after-school and in-school settings. These youth development programs call on strong mentoring, financial literacy and arts education initiatives to see our young people are prepared for the future.

    Personal Statement

    Hi, I'm Eric Goldberg and my daughter Julia attends PS 116. I have lived in this community for the past 10 years and am eager to serve our parents and children. A strong education system creates a foundation for our children's future. Of course, at its heart education is not about parents, teachers or the CEC but about our children. I am committed to putting our children first and will approach my work on the council with their needs in mind. I can bring a more collaborative spirit to the education discussion in our district. Education issues seem to drives wedges in our community rather than bringing us closer together. To provide a valuable education for our children we must all work together. There are many substantive issues facing our schools - student testing, teacher evaluation and overcrowding/ zoning - and I spend much of my professional time working with organizations focused in these areas. However, to serve our children, I believe the core issues we must address are increasing parent input, building community and enhancing communication. I look forward to listening and learning about the needs of your school and a healthy discussion of the issues facing our district. I hope to have your support.

    Glenn Franklin Hardy

    Qualifiying School:02M151

    Applicant Background

    Vice President of Fund Raising of PTA (2 years), Auction Chair of PS 151 (2 years), one of several parents who started the PTA at 151, Yorkville Youth Atheltic Association baseball coaach for k-1 (4 seasons), "Swim Dad" for 1st grade team at NYSC, Adjunct Professor at St. John's University and NYU, Volunteer Lawyer at Eastside Tenant Clinic, Volunteer Lawyer for the Day for Civil Cases, former Community Board 8 member

    Personal Statement

    Clearly, the school system is under constant attack, by a whole host of problems including budget cuts, under-staffing, over populations, failure to plan, etc. It is only by the strength and committment and concern of the parents that we are able to make the schools managable and responsive, not our needs, but the needs of our children, to help our children navigate the turbulent waters of the education system such that they emerge as captains of their ship, ready and able to pursue the next year of learning. As a parent with one child in 1st grade, and another soon to follow, the imperative to foster a solid education is there. As an attorney in the filed of criinal law, too often I see the children who have turned to crime as the education system, in part, has failed to provide. That can no longer be. We, as parents, are responsible to ensure that all the children have the opportunity to partake not merely of an education, but an education that will teach them the value of the education itself, as well as teach a love of learning, and to strive for more.

    Josselyne Lee Herman-Saccio

    Qualifiying School:02M059

    Applicant Background

    I have served on the SLT of PS59. I was the treasurer at East Side Middle School. I am currently on the Executive Board for the PS59 PTA. I work with the student body of Hunter Elementary School (as an alumni speaker). I have trained trainers at UNICEF through the non profit organization that I founded UNITED GLOBAL SHIFT, which trains people to design initiatives to create sustainable change. I created CO OP CARES NY which empowers New Yorkers to utilize their multi family dwellings as a leverage to make a difference in their communities. I am the President of my 173 unit Co Op Board and serve on the board of SUTTON AREA COMMUNITY. I am a public member of CB6 BASA committee. I regularylt volunteer for my elected officials as well as acting as co-chair of the Government Committee for SAC.

    Personal Statement

    I have really enjoyed all opportunities to serve my children's public schools, as well as my own alma mater (Hunter) and would love to expand my involvement and opportunity to make a difference. I am the parent of 3 NY PUBLIC SCHOOL age children and and very committed to being a resource and of service. I am very organized and am able to produce a lot of results in short amounts of time. I am experienced in finance, community organizing, empowerment and communication. I would like to be of service to our education council in any way possible so as to be a part of enriching the education experience of NYC children. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply to be a part of the CEC

    Sandra Elaine Hyatt

    Qualifiying School:02M111

    Applicant Background

    Rosvelt Hospital volunteer, God's Love We Deliver volunteer van assistant, Brandise High school PTA Executive Board member, PS/IS 111 PTA Executive Board member, District 2 president council coresponding secretary, PS/IS 111 Title l member. I have worked as a Liscence Pratical Nurse and am exprienced working with a diverse community. Active member in the church I attend - New Life Apostolic Church.

    Personal Statement

    I like working to help people and want to give back to my community. I continue to be an involved parent at my daughter's school. I enjoy learning, solving problems and look forward to this opportunity to advocate for children and parents.

    Edward Rice Leather

    Qualifiying School:02M116

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved in helping construct the school's Haunted House for their annual Halloween Boo-Bash, including being the person directly in charge for one year. This year, I assisted with the Spring Benefit and Auction Committee in organizing and maintaining their database of donations, enabling us to see where we stood with pledges and donations. In addition, I worked as a substitute teacher here in NYC, serving all grades from Pre-K through 9th grade. Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, and attending private school my entire life, my experience has been very revealing. I have seen dynamic classrooms, riveting teachers and witnessed the double process of learning and teaching at the same time. My children have similarly benefitted from their extraordinary experience in public school, and particularly at PS 116. I believe paying back with my time and energy is a responsibility I would be honored to perform. I have two children & one in a TAG program and the other with an IEP. Both programs are exceptional and require parental involvement, which I have happily provided over several years.

    Personal Statement

    Being a public school parent for nine years and a resident of the city for over twenty affords me a unique perspective on the city. My children have both had extraordinary educations, whether in the classroom, on fieldtrips or simply taking advantage of the limitless opportunities the city offers. A seat on a Community Education Council would be a perfect opportunity to repay all that the city has provided me. I know first-hand how hard teachers and administrators work to create a learning environment. I have witnessed with amazement the dedication parents have to activities and events from field trips to an annual Spring Benefit. These parents aren't doing this for their children, but for everyone's children. It was this sort of communal energy I witnessed and harnessed when building the haunted house. I want to serve on this committee because of my strong belief in public education; it takes tremendous energy, time and commitment on the part of parents to make events successful, and my children have benefitted enormously from these events. I feel a moral obligation to return the favor.

    Jane Ann Marcinkiewicz

    02M167* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 02M393)

    Applicant Background

    I have been a part of the P.T.A. or P.A. for years and a part of the School Leadership Team as well.

    Personal Statement

    I want to be a part of the C.E.C. because I know I would learn a lot and gain experience in the Board of Education while I will be able to assist it with making our schools better for our children.

    Michael D. Markowitz

    Qualifiying School:02M041

    Applicant Background

    I am a licensed Professional Engineer (California), earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley, and hold an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell. At one point in my career, I worked as a program manager I am just finishing my second 2-year term as a member of Community Education Council District 2, and have served as 2nd VP, 1st VP, a member of the Zoning Committee, and most recently, Chair of the Capital Plan Committee. Education policy is in my DNA. In my youth I spent two years abroad as a foreign language learner, and I have a sibling who has been part of the Special Education community, first as a student and later as an advocate. I was a member of the first cohort from kindergarten through high school in Berkeley, California's voluntarily integrated school district. My father was co-author of the integration plan, and later served as President of the Berkeley Board of Education. "Education is Not the Filling of a Pail, but the Lighting of a Fire" -- William Butler Yeats (Poet, 1865-1939)

    Personal Statement

    For the past four years I have fought for the children and families of District 2, and am committed to continuing that advocacy for two more years should I be elected to a third term. Specific issues that have proven challenges for our Community include interrelated variations on a theme; the number of students in many parts of D2 is going up faster than DOE/SCA is able or willing to build new capacity, and the one true remaining power of CEC's -- to approve, or not approve, or approve with modification, DOE-proposed rezoning -- has proven to be no substitute for forecasting, planning, and new construction. * Overcrowding * * Wait Lists * * Annual Operating Budget Cuts * * An Initially Inadequate Capital Plan, and Proposed Cuts * * Middle School * * Charters * Please help me and other proactive candidates be effective advocates by supporting ONLY proactive candidates -- and by attending and speaking out at CECD2 meetings. CECD2 can be an effective focal entity for parent voices. It has been so at times in the past; please vote wisely, and contribute your own energies to help make it so in the future. I would be honored if you would return me to office. I am at your service. Sincerely, Michael D. Markowitz, P.E.

    Simon Miller

    Qualifiying School:02M158

    Applicant Background

    I have been a parent member of the PS 158 School Leadership for the past 4 years. In that capacity, I have been PS 158's liaison to both the CEC2, Community Board 8 Youth and Education committee and with local elected officials in connection with their efforts to address overcrowding in District 2. In addition, I have been the sole representative from PS 158 in Parent Leaders of the Upper East Side (PLUS), a parent advocacy group seeking to provide coordinated advocacy for parents across the 6 UES elementary schools in connection with their dealings with the DOE. Separately, for the past 6 years, I have been on the Board of Directors of Bowery Residents' Committee ("BRC"), a homeless services organization operating throughout New York City.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent in the New York City public school system for 7 years and as a parent advocate during that time, I have witnessed first hand the fundamental role that parents can and must play in shaping the public school environments in which our kids learn. I believe the CEC can be a positive part of that process. The current transition at the DOE presents an opportunity for a well organized, cohesive CEC to act as a helpful resource for the DOE in terms of assessing local needs and as positive advocates for the parents and kids of District 2 to assure that their voices are heard. There is an opportunity to change what is often a frustrating dynamic between the DOE and parents but it will require active and forceful leadership on the CEC. As a member of PS 158's School Leadership Team for the last 4 years and, as a participant with parent advocacy groups among Upper East Side schools, I have addressed the CEC2 on many occasions and have met with parents, CB8 members as well as elected officials to assure that school overcrowding is addressed in a way that is both fair and rational and, most important, puts the well being and safety of kids first. I hope to be able to bring my enthusiasm, experience and energy to the CEC2.

    Alison Lee Overholser

    Qualifiying School:02M198

    Applicant Background

    I am a mom to twin boys. I have served as Co-VP of the PTA for the past academic year. I have been involved in all PTA decision making processes. I have been instrumental in planning fundraisers, brainstorming ideas for generating income for the PTA. Have acted as a liasion between teachers and parents as part of the PTA, have acted as liason between parents and administration as part of the PTA.

    Personal Statement

    My boys are my passion. Since they are in NYC Schools, NYC Schools have become my passion. My goal is to help ensure that our children's education & environment be fun, fulfilling, safe, reasonable & monitored . I feel that I am a good listener, and also have ideas that may be worth listening to.

    Peter Pao

    Qualifiying School:02M126

    Applicant Background

    Present elected member of the SLT ( School Leadership Team at PS 126 MAT. A former junior assistent Scout Master of Boy Scouts of America,, Manhattan. A privious student tutor. College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Son of Chinese immigrant parents.

    Personal Statement

    I am a concerned parent of a student attending a NYC Public School, District 2. I feel that I can be an asset to the Community Education Council of District 2 and thereby improve and facilitate the educational decision-making process, which affects all our children. The youth are the future of our great country. It is easy to complain about the problems of our school system, however it takes effort and vision to affect change for the better, if it is needed. What better way than to be active in the education of our children. " What can I do for my country? "

    Revlyn Philip

    Qualifiying School:02M896

    Applicant Background

    I have been an active member of both the PTA and SLT at my daughter's school. I am currently Co-Tresurer of the PTA. I also volunteer for many activities during the school year.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in being a part of the Community Education Council because I would like to participate more in my child's education. There has been a trend lately in education and I believe parents are not represented when these decisions are made. I am very passionate about education and believe that all children deserve a quality education no matter where they live or go to school.

    Tamara J Rowe

    Qualifiying School:02M260

    Applicant Background

    I have been actively involved in the public school system for over 12 years. I have volunteered on many committees, served as PTA president at both the elementary and middle school levels, continue to serve on the middle school SLT and was Co-President and then President of the District 2 Presidents Council. I regularly attend CEC meetings as a representative of my schools and was a core member of the Parent Commission on School Governance. I also have a daughter who received special education services for 10 years and have served as a parent advocate at the elementary school level to support parents going through the evaluation process. In addition I have a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education. I ran my own group family daycare for 17 years and am now an Assistant Director at a large university childcare center. I have taught children with a range of abilities and home languages.

    Personal Statement

    Public education is my passion. As PTA president of my elementary school many years ago, I realized the need to network with other parent leaders to address systemic problems affecting our schools. At Community School Board meetings, Presidents Council meetings, CEC meetings and Community Board meetings, I have met other committed parents and community members from all five boroughs who have shared ideas to improve our schools and have banded together to advocate for all of our children. Together we have worked on curriculum, testing, school overcrowding, school relocations, zoning and school governance issues. My goal is always to look for common ground, make constructive suggestions, network to broaden support for changes and fight for what is truly in the best interest of the children. As a CEC member, I am committed to serving the broader educational needs of the district and city, with a focus on how to best support children from elementary to high school.

    Shino Tanikawa

    Qualifiying School:02M003

    Applicant Background

    I have served as Treasurer and Co-President of elementary and middle school PTAs, on the SLT at both elementary and middle school levels, as Treasurer of the District 2 PTA Presidents Council and currently serve on the Community Education Council District 2. I have taught as an environmental educator regularly at my daughters' elementary school and as a guest lecturer at the middle school. I have lectured at numerous high schools as a climate change presenter.

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the CECD2 and on the District 2 Presidents Council. These experiences have given me a broader understanding of the complexity of education issues in our city. I see the CEC as an important vehicle for parents to voice their concerns and would like to serve again to ensure that the CECD2 remains a strong advocate for parents in District 2. On the CECD2, I co-authored or authored nine resolutions speaking out on behalf of the parents in District 2. There is still much work ahead in ensuring all our children receive a quality education. I am particularly interested in analyzing middle school enrollment and capacity in the coming years as well as continuing to tackle overcrowding at the elementary level. I would also like to make a better effort to reach out to communities that have been underrepresented (e.g., Chinatown). I feel that my work is not done with the CECD2!

    Carolyn Trufelman

    Qualifiying School:02M212

    Applicant Background

    I currently sit on the PTA Executive Committee of my older son's school. I have been active in his school since his preschool years and have continue this in his current public school. I am active in my community and volunteer when able.

    Personal Statement

    I'm not entirely sure what affect, if any, this council can or will have on the education of our kids, but I feel parents need to do whatever they can to have some kind of voice.

    Gina Valeri

    Qualifiying School:02M033

    Applicant Background

    I am a pro bono attorney with two children. I volunteer my legal services through the Pro Bono Partnership, a group which connects volunteer lawyers with nonprofit organizations that require legal services but can't afford them. In particular, many of these groups focus on the care of children. These include a shelter for male youth awaiting trial, a faith-based childcare center and an adoption services charity. In addition, I have advised an orphanage overseas. Each of the organizations I choose to give my services to without charge are near and dear to my heart. In the past, I was a teacher in the Czech Republic teaching English language classes to high school and college-age students. I believe that these experiences demonstrate my commitment to community-based service and, in particular, education.

    Personal Statement

    My older son has been in the New York public school system for several years while my younger son is about to enter it. Our experience has been very worthwhile and rewarding on many levels. We have become very attached to our school community. I believe that I can do my part to improve and enrich the public school experience for other families like us through service on the Education Council.

    Emiliano Velazquez

    Qualifiying School:02M126

    Applicant Background

    Serving in SLT, this is my 4 year in said capacity. (2 terms) Serve as Chairperson for nominating committee for PA executive board. Help parents of our close to 800 student participate in PA activities and get involved with our school. Have work for further communication with our spanish and oriental parents to take an active role in school and there offsprings education. A sponsor of Human Rights for children base on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights accepted in 1948.

    Personal Statement

    I want to assist the Politicians, DOE, Council, Teachers, Staff, Parent and our Children in assisting our children to learn, to love to learn I am a father of 5 son, four of them are contributing and constructive citizens with families of there own. Has a child I went to district 2 schools, PS 42, JH 22, and Seward Park HS. I am a 57 year old man. I own and operate my own real estate firm. I have lived in 10 states and 3 countries so you see I have been around. I know because of experience.

    Elizabeth A Weiss

    Qualifiying School:02M077

    Applicant Background

    I serve on the PTA executive board External Affairs Committee at PS 77. I am Girl Scout Leader-Brownies 2nd-3rd grade girls. I am an active member and leader for community advocacy (social action/social justice) though my synagogue, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. Have been active for 5 years= environmental advocacy, marriage equality and volunteer (with my daughter) at a homeless shelter.

    Personal Statement

    I feel very strongly that citizen's need to work together to advocate for change. When I have participated on various campaigns and met with elected officials, or visited Albany to meet with NYS representatives, I believe this paves the path for change. As a parent of a child who attends a wonderful public school, I wish to protect her experience in the system, as well as advocate for other children who are subject to re- zoning, cuts in services, etc. which may have a devastating impact on their ability to succeed in the public school system. I would like to be a representative on CEC2 to hear from the community and communicate with the BOE at a level that may have a greater impact than the local PTA level.



    Community Education Council - District 3

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    Christine Annechino

    Qualifiying School:03M199

    Applicant Background

    I have been on the SLT of PS 199 for four years. I am a coach for Westside Little League girls' softball. I have served as a CEC3 member for the past two years as Vice President. I currently chair the middle school committee and I co-chair the overcrowding and rezoning committee. I have been active in lobbying in Albany for our students. I have actively participated in fighting for those public school children who are in schools where a charter school has been co-located.

    Personal Statement

    It has been a long two years. I have learned that the DOE's way of doing things for the “greater good” and centralizing everything, goes against our school system and our kids. The result has been that too many schools and students have fallen through the cracks. That is not right and I want to find a way to help those students and schools. On the positive side, I have seen change. Our CEC and community created a new school that wasn't in anyone's mind two years ago. We all successfully blocked a terrible co-location, twice. We started discussions with the DOE to review and change the entire middle school process. We are getting the community and the DOE to look at the needs of our special needs students. Yet, there is so much work to be done. We need to focus on the inequities of our district and help those schools that have been crying for help for years. My experience will make me more effective. I have seen the power of working together as a community and I believe I can foster that. I continue to speak my mind and to offer solutions. I understand how to compromise. I have the full support of my family, even though the CEC takes up so much time. I am ready, willing and able to keep on fighting for our kids and our schools.

    Jimmie Brown

    Qualifiying School:03M076

    Applicant Background

    I have raised my 6 children through the public school system as well as my grandchildren who attends now. I have taught grades K-8 in general education as a substitute teacher. In addition, I have taught kindergarten, third, seventh and eighth grade special education. Before my teaching career I was a parent member on the CPSE and CSE. I'm committed to working with the Head Start/UPK population. Also I tutor children besides my own children and grandchildren. I've been on the board of a non-for-profit agency who works to reduce infant morality, and women and their families as a whole. The agency also deals with fathers to involve them more. In addition, I volunteer at the Head Start /UPK program the agency have in the Washington Heights area.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve as a member of CEC3 because I enjoy helping others and speaking out for those who are too busy, afraid or just don't get involved unless it's about them. I believe I would be effective in getting the word out to the parents as well as the community as a whole. It also will allow me to be the voice of those who are not able to be present. It gives me the opportunity to give back to the community who has helped to educate my children and grandchildren.

    Olaiya Deen

    Qualifiying School:03M075

    Applicant Background

    I've been an active member of the CEC3 for four years. I've represented parent and community concerns on behalf of PS 241; PS 149; Wadleigh Secondary; FDA II; PS 185: PS 208 and PS 75. I was member of Charter School subcommittee in 2009-10. I attended Manhattan Borough President and CEC3 Uptown District 3 "War Room" meetings and advocated for the fair co-location of schools in District 3. I am the President of 527th Tenant's Association since 2004 and on the executive board for over 10 years. I have assisted Senator Bill Perkins with Harlem community outreach, focusing on educational issues .

    Personal Statement

    I feel that the upper portion of District 3 is under-represented. The issues of families in Harlem are different from issues faced by parents in the lower portion of the district. In serving on the CEC3 for the past 5 years, I have been motivated by the great divide in the district and have tried to bridge that divide by representing uptown family concerns. I have been effective in my advocacy. I know the community and would be honored to represent the community for another 2 years.

    Laurie Frey

    Qualifiying School:03M166

    Applicant Background

    In June, I will complete a two-year term on my school's SLT. I have enjoyed the opportunity of working together with other parents, teachers and administrators to write a Comprehensive Educational Plan which encompasses the school's vision and measurable goals. Previously, I served on the PTA Executive Board as the Recording Secretary. I believe that parent engagement is essential to the well-being of our public schools. Recently, I was honored to serve as a parent representing the CEC3 to a conference given by the Citywide Council on Special Education. As a parent who has three children with IEPs, I understand how important it is for students to have access to an appropriate education. I know that the right services and accommodations can be the ramp which allows a student to meet educational goals. My years as a parent advocating for children with learning disabilities has taught me to think in new ways about what makes a curriculum accessible and how classrooms and technology can facilitate learning.

    Personal Statement

    I have been a District 3 public school parent for 12 years. I am committed to making public education the best it can be for all. My first four years as a public school parent were under the Board of Education. I have seen many changes with mayoral control of the schools. Some I agree with, and some I do not. Regardless, every change in policy has led me to a new understanding of how the NYC educational system works. Currently, two of my children attend school in District 3 at PS 166 in the 2nd and 5th grades. I expect my fifth grader to be enrolled in a District 3 middle school next school year. I also have an 8th grader in District 2 and an 11th grader in a District 5 high school. I have a good understanding of how school issues connect from elementary to middle to high schools. Each experience with a new administration, teachers and program has given me further insight into how things get done between a school, its district and the central offices. I believe that I would be able to make a meaningful contribution to the CEC3, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to serve on the next council.

    Camille Goodridge

    Qualifiying School:03M421

    Applicant Background

    The community/Volunteer experience that I participated for in the past 16 years, I have served on different parent committees. Currently I am the President of the PA and SLT at West Prep Academy, the VP of Title 1 on the President Council and on the District 3 Leadership Team. The various committees were Technology/Media, By-Law, Grievance, Personnel, Finance, Nutrition, Education and Health. I also held the PTA VP and PTA Secretary along with the Chairperson at the Child Care Center and represented parents On the Delegate Agency Policy Committee. I assisted on the planning board at Union Settlement Child Care Program regarding strategies to increase enrollment in the program. I am also an Event Planner in terms of different gathering and Graphic Designer in terms of creating fliers, brochures, invitations and programs. I completed the Child Development Accreditation (CDA) course which consists of 120 hours of training. The CDA covered many components in the Early Childhood Education. I received a certificate in First Aid/CPR along with Detection and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

    Personal Statement

    By serving on the CEC it will allow me to continue to be an advocate on the Department of Education (DOE) level for students. It allows me to continue to review and evaluate schools instructional programs. The passion that I behold allows me to play an essential role in shaping my children's educational path. In the path of my children education I notice that there are not too many advocate for minority students and the power to be just gives our students what they think is correct. With my 16 years of effective experiences in advocating for students educational needs I can help and assist the DOE in molding the school system where every student is taught, treated and educated equally. In today's society minority students are not look upon as high achievers. For example, There was a school created to educate and teach middle school students the foundation that is needed to prepare them for the next level of education which is High School. The knowledge that I gained over the years allowed me to see that the system was failing the students. As an advocate I felt that there was a serious need to help the students. The DOE is in the process of making change to the lives of the students.

    Noah Eliot Gotbaum

    Qualifiying School:03M087

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved in different aspects of education and children's issues for over 30+ years. As a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs in the early 80's I researched and wrote the business plan for the Los Angeles Educational Partnership, the largest and arguably most successful public education foundation in the US. After volunteering as a Spanish ELL tutor to a group of homeless children, I conceived of and co-founded the New York Cares Volunteer organization. 25 years later New York Cares is the largest local volunteer agency in the country serving over 500,000 New Yorkers. I remain on the New York Cares Board of Directors. Two of my children have IEP's requiring mutliple services. One now attends a Special Ed school after having been in a CTT class. As such I am very well versed in the problems that Special Ed parents face on a daily basis. In addition to the above, and my tenure as President of CEC3, I have served on Manhattan Community Board 5; The Fresh Air Fund's Inaugural Junior Board; the PS87 School Leadership Team, and as a Founding Member of the Deny Waiver Coalition against Cathleen Black as Chancellor.

    Personal Statement

    I am running for re-election to CEC3 to continue our work against overcrowding, for adequate funding and attention for our public schools, for Special Ed improvement, againt overtesting and the narrowing of our curriculum, in support of our amazing teachers and, most important, for increased parent involvment and input into our childrens' educations. Given our independence, investment in, and knowledge of OUR public school system, parents - especially elected parent leaders on the CEC - must continue to stand up and fight on these and other issues. I have tried to do so as a leader against overcrowding and in support of all of our district schools, against the misguided charter co-locations, and in support of parent and public school rights - for the entire district. I am proud that working in conjunction with the D3 Presidents' Council and the parents of D3, CEC3 and our District is viewed as a Citywide model for parent activism and leadersihp. As such it would be a privilege to continue serving on CEC3 for another term. Thank you!

    Arifa Iqbal

    Qualifiying School:03M245

    Applicant Background

    Iam member of school pta community in school and serving as class parent in school

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be a part of CEC to help my school community

    Jamie Prince

    Qualifiying School:03M334

    Applicant Background

    My older daughter graduated from PS 87 where I taught in the Arts-in-Action program, served as Treasurer on the PTA and actively participated in all aspects of fundraising, and support for the school. At PS 334 I have served as Co-Budget Chair, a Learning Leader, Registrar for the auction, and in many other informal capacities. I also served as a board member at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and have taught as a part-time professor there.

    Personal Statement

    As an advocate for public education, and a public school parent I think that all parents should actively participate in constructive and appropriate ways to support and improve public education in New York City. Unfortunately most parents do not have the time to devote to this level of service, I am fortunate in that I can and have devoted myself to full-time volunteer service. I have 11 years of experience in the public school system and broad contacts in district 3.

    John J Rosso

    Qualifiying School:03M163

    Applicant Background

    I have experience as the parent of two children in Manhattan. My first is now in 3rd grade (G&T) at PS 163. My second is turning 5 this year and currently has a CPSE IEP and attends a priate pre-school. We look forward to having her in the public school system in the fall. I am very involved with the special needs community due to my daughter's physical disability. Having lived in New York city since 1989, I am a 25 year professional in the media business, my most recent and current position is President of Citadel Media, one of the largest radio networks in the US.

    Personal Statement

    I am a strong supporter of the public education system and would like to do what I can to ensure it's success. My family has a vested interest in that success as we have chosen the public school system for the educaiton of our two children.

    Celeste Sellars

    Qualifiying School:03M165* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84M481)

    Applicant Background

    I served on Democracy Builder; It is a program used to teach parents how to advacate for children.

    Personal Statement

    I would be a strong team player for Community Education Council because I will be presenting my as a team player. I am very receptive to new ideas, and changes. I want the best for all children they are our future.

    Alicia Ann Simpson

    Qualifiying School:03M165

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in the Scholastic Book Fair as a volunteer in setting up and breaking down each day, assisting children in picking out books (mainly for lower grade levels) and coordinating other parent volunteers. I have also assisted the teachers and their classes in Field Day, which is an end-of-year activity day for kids to participate in organized sports and play. I have also participated in Picture Days at the school, helping to coordinate the schedule and parent volunteers, and assist the day of picture day with all classes (PK through 8th) in making sure kids are ready to take pictures, i.e. hair, clothes, etc..are in place.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the Community Education Council because I believe it is important that parents be involved in their child's education. I believe that parental involvement is one of the components in the social and academic success of a child's education. The other components are 1) effective and supportive leadership in the administration and 2) dedicated, talented, and effective teachers. All three are vital for the success of a school. I also want to serve on this council because there are too few upper district 3 parents serving on the council. I feel I would be effective because I am a cautious and attentive listener. I prefer to hear and understand as many points of perspective on an issue before making a decision.

    Brooke Wiese

    Qualifiying School:03M859

    Applicant Background

    I was a Special Education teacher for three years early in my career. Since then I have worked in a variety of well-known community-based organizations in New York City, working with children and youth, mostly in community service programs and after-school programs. I attended Teachers College, Columbia University, to study Special Education. I am on the Advisory Board of First Book-East Harlem, a nonprofit organization that strives to provide free books to children in East Harlem so that they can own their own books and build a library at home. I am a published poet and I have taught poetry to children, youth and adults, including those with special needs.

    Personal Statement

    I have overseen programs that provide tutoring, academic enrichment, arts education and youth development to children and teens during out-of-school time. I have also been a Special Education teacher. Through my work I have seen first hand and up close the successes and the failings of our public schools. We should recognize and applaud the successes, replicate them and build on them, and we should work to address the failings. I have worked closely with parents and I have worked with teachers and educational leaders. I have worked with representatives of the NYC DOE. As Director of Education at one nonprofit organization, I oversaw the development and implementation of an anti-bullying curriculum used throughout NYC schools. I am the parent of two children, a toddler and a first grader who attends public school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- so I have a great personal stake in the public school curriculum and instruction. But it is also very important to me that every child in this great city have access to the best possible education and to phenomenal teachers and administrators, so that they may grow up to be great thinkers and leaders, and to become wise, contributing citizens and community members.

    Rebecca Martin Woodard

    Qualifiying School:03M245

    Applicant Background

    Parent Association Executive Board. Involvement in fight to stop education budget cuts in Albany and New York.

    Personal Statement

    I deeply want to serve the entire District to protect our children and the needs of parents and staff regardless of location, grade or population.



    Community Education Council - District 4

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    Leslie L Eaton

    Qualifiying School:04M964

    Applicant Background

    I am in my 4th year of teaching Math and Engineering at the Academies@Englewood High School in Englewood, NJ. For 2 years I have been the coordinator of the Senior Experience Program and dedicated to provide learning opportunities beyond classroom walls. I have placed more than 100 students each year in internships throughout the tri-state area. I was on the Executive Board at the Red Balloon Child Care Center when my children attended the school for pre-school. I was influential in implementing the use to technology as a better means of communication as well as a tool for teaching. During my time on the Board, the school raised 10% more in fundraising than in previous years. I served 2-years as Treasurer on the Parent Association of my children's school & Central Park East II. I responsibly supervised a balanced and healthy PA budget, and helped to identify new income sources. I am currently a member of the School Leadership Team at CPE II. In my 2 years on the SLT I have been involved with revising the CEP and providing structure for effective shared decision-making at the school level. I, along with other parent members, conducted the first parent-to-parent middle school forum for 4th and 5th-grade families.

    Personal Statement

    Since becoming a high school Math and Engineering teacher, I've seen more and more waste of resources that could have been used in the classroom, but instead were squandered away. In my few years in education, I have been trained each year on the newest initiative that will “turn around” test scores. If more time is spent implementing just one of these initiatives, in time the results will come. Too many dollars are being spent on renovating school buildings that will ultimately be given to a charter school & with a non-union faculty and staff & will draw children from other public schools leaving them with empty classrooms ready to be turned over to more charter schools. As a result of cutbacks to classroom funds, teachers are left with not enough money to buy the most basic of supplies. I want to help re-create an environment where teachers can use their creativity and skills to make children life-long learners, not just proficient test takers. I would like to push for curriculum with more flexibility. I want to be on the Community Education Council to help children get a better education; one that will help them to have the knowledge necessary to enter the job market and lead successful, healthy and productive lives.

    Elender Foxe

    Qualifiying School:04M372

    Applicant Background

    I have served as a school volunteer for 19 years. During this time I have worked with students in the classroom under the supervision of teachers, chaperoned trips, and assisted students during health and art workshops conducted in schools. I served on Presidents' Council's and Title 1 Committees and Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council's. I have also served on the District Leadership Team and School Leadership Teams. I have conducted hands-on training with parents throughout the district related to PA and PTA responsibilities. I have facilitated PA/PTA elections and SLT elections. I have attended board meetings of community based organizations with school administrators. For example, I went to a meeting held by Mount Sinai with a Principal of an elementary school regarding a construction project plan for the community. I have advocated for the families in my community through the media and this I believe has contributed to many of the changes that has taken place.

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the Community Education Council in the past. I filled a vacancy some years ago in an effort to help the adminstration handle a business mattter. I also assisted the Council in their effort to provide support and training to the schools in the district. I didn't continue after my term was over because I had some personal business that required my full atttention. I now have fewer obligations and would like to assist my community with issues related to the education of the students and parents. I have done much to contribute to the support and nurturing of school administrators, students and parents in my community throughout the 19 years of experience I have gained in the various duties that I performed in elementary, middle and high schools. I have been involved on local, district and city levels and I feel that I have much to contribute to the training and support of those in my community.

    Marie Hines

    Qualifiying School:04M013

    Applicant Background

    I have been an active member of CEC4, J13's PA and SLT. I have advocated for parents under each of those hats for about ten years.

    Personal Statement

    I have raised my birth children and I have adopted children. I am also a foster mother and a grand mother. Through out the years on the CEC I have advocated not only for my family but for all district 4 families. I would like the opportunity to continue advocating for them and be their voice.

    Michele Ivey

    Qualifiying School:04M375

    Applicant Background

    - A former City of Philadelphia, PA Substitute Teacher for grades 3rd thru 5th (1999-2001) (General Education) - Currently, teaches knitting to various Connecticut state schools in the Waterbury school district. (General Education)

    Personal Statement

    I wish to serve my community (District 4) as a Community Education Council member because I believe our district deserves a voice. The are reformation that are needed to improve the quality of educatioin of our youth and I believe with my knowledge, skills, and life experience I would be very effective as a Community Education Council member.

    Margarita Martinez

    Qualifiying School:04M112

    Applicant Background

    Forme PTA Secretary School Leadership Team Member Title 1 Chairperson

    Personal Statement

    I have always been an active parent in my children's school community. I feel strongly about advocating for students with disabilities and for students in the general education population. If I have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, I will be able to further assist the families in this community.

    Hector R. Nazario

    Qualifiying School:04M171* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 02M439)

    Applicant Background

    I was born and raised in East Harlem, and am uniquely aware of the needs of my community. The following is a snapshot of some of my accomplishments throughout the years: Currently serving as a Member of the Youth and Education and Parks and Recreation Committee of Community Board 11, Currently serve as President & Community Education Council for District 4 since 2003, Chair of the Grants and Safety committees for CEC4, Member on the District 4 Leadership Team, Organize annual Council-sponsored Health, Special Education and Safety Information Forums, Special Education, English Language Learners, and General Public Education advocate, Maintain close ties with local elected officials and collaborate on community centered events, Member of Randall's Island Task Force, Founded the East Harlem Fathers on the Move group that encourages father involvement, Currently serving as a community member with Mount Sinai Hospital's Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnership, Chair of the Obesity and Diabetes Grant Committee, Former P. S. 112 PTA President and SLT member for three years, Certified Learning Leader for the past ten years, President & District 4 Presidents' Council 2003-2004.

    Personal Statement

    I am a civic minded and community centered individual who believes in the empowerment of self and others. I want the opportunity to continue to advocate and empower the District 4 Community. I feel that it is important for parents to know that there are other parents supporting them in the struggle to secure a safe and unbiased quality education for their children.

    Ronald A Prattis

    Qualifiying School:04M171

    Applicant Background

    * CEC4 2nd Vice President * SLT Chair person * DLT member

    Personal Statement

    I'm not afraid to take a stand for all children and their families!

    Lynn Sanchez

    Qualifiying School:04M182

    Applicant Background

    I am a parent leader with New Settlement Parent Action Committee in Bronx. I volunteered to work with a low preforming school in district 9 P.S. 64. Every month i would seat in a meeting with the prior Principal, district superintendent, CBO's and parents. We helped the school get a medical clinic with full staff and services from Montefiore Hospital. We (New Settlement Parent Action Committee and myself) sat in meetings with School Construction Authority and political officials to work out a plan to remodel 4 out of 6 bathrooms in P.S. 64. I am also a parent leader with a City Wide Coalition to improve our school system for all children in NYC. I have sat in meetings with the former chancellor Joel Klein to come up with a plan to help PLA (Persistently Low Achieving schools). I have rallied and protested at PEP meetings against Joel Klein and Cathy Black against school closures, etc.

    Personal Statement

    I want to be able to help parents when they have issues. Many parents when they have problems they do not know where to turn or where to get help from. I also want to help schools in anyway possible; I would love to see our black and latino students ALL graduate and go to college. I would love to see the achievement gap get smaller instead of bigger. I understand that one person can not fix the system, but I have hope that our school system will do better for ALL CHILDREN IN NYC.

    Beatriz Soria

    Qualifiying School:04M182

    Applicant Background

    In the community they know me for helping those that speak Spanish, for celebrating Kids Day, and, on behalf of other organizations, for helping inform the Hispanic community of parents' rights.

    Personal Statement

    Because I feel committed to my people and my community. I like to help and feel resourceful to others.

    Lydia Soto

    Qualifiying School:04M155

    Applicant Background

    I have advocated for parents in reference to: * Special Education * PA / PTA * SLT * Safety

    Personal Statement

    I have been a parent volunteer for 14 years in numerous schools and districts. I have knowledge of the Chancellor's Regulations and I have been part of PA's and PTA's for 12 years. I want to be a CEC4 member because I want to use the knowledge I have to continue to help others across the district.

    Kesha T Taylor

    Qualifiying School:04M038

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in various PTA's in the district and on the District 4 CEC. I am the chair of the Special Education Committee and a true advocate for parents across the district.

    Personal Statement

    I would like the opportunity to continue to advocate for my community here in District 4.

    James Wesley Thomas

    Qualifiying School:04M375

    Applicant Background

    I walk to every school in District four and do everyday because i care about the children. I do everything i can to keep up with all the schools and I like to see things get back the way use to be. I go to meetings at all schools so that if they need help and I like a calendar for the year and also sit and talk with the parents. I also would like to met with the coordinators. I will like to met with the staff so we can talk to see how we can make our schools better for everyone.

    Personal Statement

    I am here for every child in our city schools and I do everything I can to help them. Begin on the community education council is a job that every community education council members do they job to help out with all children just not some of them not little of them this is for all children i am make sure that this take places in city schools and also it time for a change. I am also a role model 2 -18-11

    Yves Andres Vital (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:04M171

    Applicant Background

    I have provided assistance to youth in after-school programs as a young adult. Also as a young adult, I volunteered at a local head-start to assist in teaching children. I have also volunteered at the Children's Aid Society (102nd Street and Madison branch) as a basketball coach.

    Personal Background

    I have a four year old who is going to public school and I am unhappy about the negative reputation that the nyc educational system and its teachers receives. These criticism are not warranted as I personally know several teachers who are the hardest working people I know. I believe a position on such a board would allow me to better understand the NYC education system so that I may, along with other dedicated parents, assist in helping it progress as much as possible for the future of our kids. I would use my legal background and experience to be effective in providing research and analysis, approach problems with a different viewpoint and thereby make suggestions that may be overlooked, and use negotiation skills to help meetings progress so that as a board we may meet our goals.

    Vera Walcott

    Qualifiying School:04M381

    Applicant Background

    I have been a parent member for CSE and CPSE for over eleven years.

    Personal Statement

    I feel working as a parent member for years I may have information to share with other parents seeking advice and where to go for help in our area.



    Community Education Council - District 5

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    Ernest Bryant Jr.

    Qualifiying School:05M469

    Applicant Background

    Ever since my children have been of the age to attend school, i have been involved with their educational process starting at the grade level kindergarten at P.S 36 Marget Douglass. In Marget Douglass, i served one year as vice president and 3 years as president of the parents association . The latter of the three years,i also served as president of District 5 President council. i am very much familiar with the three main educational environments: public, private and charter. With this knowledge i believe this advantage allows me to address the concerns of the parents and the needs of the student. Currently i serve as the President of Choir Academy of Harlem P.A . I am also vice president of District 5 Presidents Council.

    Personal Statement

    i believe i can be effective serving on the C.E.C, due to the relationship i have developed with the parents, not only in my childrens school, but throughout District 5. By applying to the C.E.C it is not to pursue any political aspiration, but to serve parents and students by providing them with the tools needed to achieve educational excellence. As a father of two teenagers, i believe that one of the greatest jobs given to anyone is, to be a life coach and an advocate for quality education. That's what i will bring, if elected to District 5 C.E.C

    Lloyd Burwick

    Qualifiying School:05M161

    Applicant Background

    I worked for 14 years as a Bilingual Teacher. I also was a Bilingual Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator of a Dual Language Project. I worked closely with students, teachers and parents, providing help in working together for a better successful learning process. Durante 14 años me desempeñé como maestro bilingue. También ejecuté funciones de Coordinador Bilingue y Asistente de Coordinador de un proyecto de Idioma Dual. Trabajé cooperativemente con estudiantes, maestros y padres, proveyendo ayuda en trabajar juntos para un mejor y mas exitoso proceso de aprendizaje.

    Personal Statement

    I was an educator, and now I am also a parent. The knowledge and experience I can share with the knowledge and experience of other members, I am sure would help and support making the education of the children in our communities better, specially our English Language Learners, new arrival students, who have to face in addition to learn a different language, to adapt emotionally to a total cultural change. Fui un educador, pero ahora soy tambien un padre. El conocimiento y experiencia que puedo compartir con el conocimiento y experiencia de otros miembros, estoy seguro ayudarían y apoyarían a hacer mejor la educación de los niños en nuestras comunidades, especialmente los de Inglés como Segundo Idioma, estudiantes recién llegados, quienes tienen que enfrentarse en adición a aprender un segundo idioma, a adaptarse emocionalmente a un cambio cultural total.

    Adine S Connor

    Qualifiying School:05M194

    Applicant Background

    I attend Refugee Temple Church as a member. I attend most of the school workshops and I am also a volunteer of Learning Leaders Program.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I enjoy working with kids. I personally feel it would benefit the students because I am willing to focus on the important role as a leader for the public schools in the community. I would Focus on the important factors such as academics, respect, empathy, and sympathy. I would find positive ways to focus on the problem (s) and have understanding of what is important to improve the situation.

    Ayishah G Irvin

    Qualifiying School:05M036

    Applicant Background

    I CURRENTLY HELP THE PARENT ASSOCIATION AT PS 36 WHERE BOTH OF MY CHILDREN ATTEND

    Personal Statement

    I WANT TO BE A PART OF HELPING MY TO MAINTAIN AN EDUCATION THAT IS SUITABLE FOR MY CHILDREN AND ALL THE OTHER CHILDREN IN NYC SCHOOLS

    Nianette Jackson

    Qualifiying School:05M046

    Applicant Background

    was on the pta in ps 46

    Personal Statement

    I believe that every child should no and understand that higher education is a must.. also that they can do anything they set there mind to..with the proper education..i intend to help any child and every child i can..

    Dianne Johnson

    Qualifiying School:05M046

    Applicant Background

    I am serving on the Community District Education Council 5 as president

    Personal Statement

    Address the needs and concerns of parents and guardians in district 5 in regards to their children's education hold at least one Meet with the Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association (PA/PTA) officers and principals at least quarterly to share information pertaining to matters of student achievement and the school community

    Sonja Jones

    Qualifiying School:05M499

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the Co-President of the Presidents' Council and formally served as the Secretary of the Presidents' Council. In addition, I have served as the President of Parent Associations, as well as Secretary to Parent Associations. Additionally, I have volunteered my time to community based organizations that serve children as well as their families.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in serving on the Community Education Council in order to continue my partnership with the Department of Education as they work towards increasing the achievement of educational standards and objectives as it relates to the instruction of students within District 5. I feel that my experience in working with parent and parent leaders, as well as school and district administrators to futher parent involvement in the schools has provided me with insight on what is currently happening within our schools, as well as provided me with firsthand knowledge of current DOE regulations regarding parent involvement, school leadership teams, discipline, etc.

    Rita McClinton

    Qualifiying School:05M046

    Applicant Background

    WELL I WAS A SILENT HERO FROM 1998-2004 AT 303vERNON AVE I SERVED ON THE COUNTY COMITTEEDISRTICT 56 I SEVED ON ADVISORYBOARD AT 303 VERNON AVE MY MAIN FOCUS IS IN SPECIAL ED DUE TO THE FACT THAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW THERE IS SOMEONE IN THAT DISTRICT THAT CAN HELP THEM

    Personal Statement

    I CAN HELP OUR SCHOOLS TO EXCEL I WOULD BE A GOOD PARENT LEADER TO HELP OUR CHILDREN TO DO THE BEST THEY CAN DO AND TO HELP OUR CHILDREN

    Elizabeth Porter (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:05M469

    Applicant Background

    The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Expo is something I am participating in and I am glad it is reaching the entire student population.

    Personal Background

    I want to serve on the Community Education Council because I feel that the parent voice is important and needs to be heard. My effectiveness will come from my experiences. It is time to make my voice be heard.

    Halana Denise Richardson

    Qualifiying School:05M197

    Applicant Background

    National Organization for Women Supervisory School Aide United States Navy Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue tosupport all involved in giving our children an excellent foundation to a successful career. I want to advocate continually for parents who are not aware of their rights. To make a change in how we interact with our parents and the NYC Board of education. To be part of the solution.



    Community Education Council - District 6

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    Judith Amaro

    Qualifiying School:06M187

    Applicant Background

    For the last 8 years i have participated as a parent volunteer within my son's school and the community at large. I have been PA president, an executive broad member of District 6 President's council and am the president of CEC 6 at the present moment. Within that time i have come to understand that the only way we can make positive changes for our children within the Public School educational system is to build an informed parent base that will advocate for their child/children education.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue serving on the CEC because there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. We need to keep working on building up our parents and help them to understand that they are the key that will produce the changes that are needed to ensure that our children will have the education they deserve.

    Rita Yolanda Cortez

    Qualifiying School:06M008

    Applicant Background

    PTA Secretary PTA President Parent Involvement Meetings

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be a member of the Community Education Council because by doing so I can learn about educational policy. I am new to this country and I would like to help the community and my children so they can finish their college studies, which is where I would like to guide them towards. I would also help the rest of the parents by providing them with enough information so that their children could also achieve the same, because they are the future and because if they do not prepare themselves with a career, they will not be able to accomplish things.This is why the parents are there for: to provide them with the necessary tools for them to achieve their goals.

    Bryan Glenn Davis

    Qualifiying School:06M314* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84M478)

    Applicant Background

    I have served as a PA President for two years and served on the Community Education Council for 3 years. In addition I have served on the school leadership team at two different schools for a total of 4 years. My wife is a special Ed teacher and my son also is in special education.

    Personal Statement

    I look at the opportunity to serve on the Community Education Council as an opportunity to serve the parents and students of District Six. Parents need someone who understands their needs and the years I have served as a PA president, my service on school leadership teams, and the training and experience I have gained from serving on the Community Education council the past three years has prepared me to advocate for the parents of in District Six. As the spouse of a Special Ed teacher and the parent of a Special Ed child I know that we need to do much more work to make sure that every child with special needs receives an excellent education. As well we need to make sure that the English Language Learners in our district receive additional support. Every child in district six deserves an excellent education. One of the major accomplishments of the work of the CEC recently has been bring middle school choice to district six parents. I plan to continue to fight to make sure that every parent has access to great schools.

    Victoria Frye

    Qualifiying School:06M187

    Applicant Background

    During the past 4 years that my oldest son has attended PS/IS 187, I have been active in the Parents' Association (PA) and the School Leadership Team (SLT). I was the PA Fundraising Committee Co-Chair during my son's first grade year (08-09) and was elected to serve on the SLT beginning in his second grade year (09-10), acting as SLT Co-Chair for the past two years. I recently organized a "Fight Back Friday" rally at PS/IS 187, protesting the state budget cuts to education. Prior to that, I organized parents angry about the loss of a $500,000 General Electric (GE) grant to our middle school that would have transformed science education at 187. This grant was rescinded by the NYCDOE and in response we organized letter writing campaigns to both GE and the Fund for Public Schools. I am a married, full-time working scientist who studies HIV/AIDS and violence against women and I have a younger child who just turned 4.

    Personal Statement

    For the past four years, I have been intensely involved with my son's school, PS/IS 187. As SLT Co-chair I have worked to maintain fidelity to the Chancellor's mandate that the SLT collaboratively guides the pedagogical vision and teaching and learning practices at the school. Through this experience and intensive immersion in the issues, I have a sound understanding of the policies and practices that affect teaching and learning at our district schools. As the poorest district in Manhattan, D6 faces serious challenges to our shared goal of excellent and equitable educational opportunities for all children. To achieve this goal, we need not just parent involvement, but parent organizing. Recently, I organized a rally at 187, attended by over 100 parents and children, to protest the state's (then) proposed budget cuts to education. I am working with another 187 parent to conduct small group discussions of parents' roles in education reform. I see the CEC as an opportunity to connect with like-minded D6 parents to increase parent voice at the DOE as well as in local political processes. I would welcome this opportunity to serve the students of District 6 and their parents.

    Anthony Francis Kelso

    Qualifiying School:06M311

    Applicant Background

    --I am currently a tenured Associate Professor of Media Studies. --I am active in volunteering at my son's school (Amistad Dual Language, PS 311) for various events and regularly attend PTA meetings. --I have become quite active in local politics lately. Some of my recent activity includes serving as a researcher for a local candidate running for State Attorney General and serving as Director of Social Media for a candidate running for State Senate in the 31st District during the 2010 election season. I am also a participant in Executive Committee meetings for one of the Northern Manhattan Democratic clubs.

    Personal Statement

    There is no doubt that public education is the backbone of our community. Yet the school system--both locally and nationally--has been especially under assault since the dawn of the "Great Recession": Teachers are demonized. The unions that represent them are attacked. Our elected officials approve budgets that dramatically reduce funding for education. Meanwhile, teachers are forced to rely less on their own expertise and creativity and focus too much attention on rigid "metrics," such as raising scores on standardized tests. This must stop. I see serving on the Community Education Council as a way to defend our kids'--ALL our kids'--right to a first-class education. As a fellow educator and parent, I have insight into what it takes to promote a healthy learning environment. And as a politically active member of the community, I have an understanding of the way things work and how to get things done.

    Tatiana Mahoney

    Qualifiying School:06M187

    Applicant Background

    Since I moved to Washington Heights, I have been passionate about helping the ELL students particularly of Hispanic descent. I currently work as the parent coordinator of a community based organization that offers year-round educational out-of-school and mentoring services to students of low-income families. I listen to the parents' concerns on a daily basis and look for solutions and ways to open paths of opportunities for their children's educational future.

    Personal Statement

    I applied to the CEC in the winter of 2009 and since I have been serving as a member I have experienced in a deeper way the great need for parents to be involved and contribute to our children's education. I have attended collocation hearings, seen a charter school start in our district, was very involved in the capital plan and currently have been chairing a conference for English Language Learners. I believe that equipping and informing parents will lead to better education for all students in our district.

    Evelyn Suero

    Qualifiying School:06M008

    Applicant Background

    I have been working in this community in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. Participated as an elected parent in the CEC6 for two years. I am one of the Special Education parent representatives for the CEC 6.

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue to serve as a Community Education Council because I have leraned to discover new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of students in our schools. Education is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers, principals, state board, business and the community. My involvement in the council has given me the opportunity to streghen those partnerships. I feel that I have played a vital role in the NYC Education system by being an important partner in the education system, contributing to the shared goal of improving student acheivement, having a vehicle through which to express opinions and being informed about what is happeneing at the schools in the district. Participating in the CEC has been a rewarding experience and has provided me with a unique involvement opportunity and learning teamwork skills . I have every confidence that parents in partnership with the school community, will rise to the challenge in determining the future directions of our schools.

    Magaly Velez

    Qualifiying School:06M178

    Applicant Background

    Involved in Inwood Community for over 15 years. Have served as a CDEC member for about 2 years. Also been on the Parent Teacher Association of several schools my children have attended as well as on the School Leadership Team (SLT) for over 10 years. Serving on smaller sub committees with Community Based Organization as well as within the schools.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue serving on the CDEC6 which I've attended since they were school boards and then became a member of the CDEC6 almost 2 years ago. Since being a member I feel that I've been impartial and have made decisions and recommendations based on the issues presented. My desire throughout my service within the community has been to empower parents so in turn they can advocate for their childrens educational rights. As a parent of a child with an I.E.P can understand some of the challenges parents are faced with in seeking services. I'd like to continue to ensure that our community is well represented on all levels of educational policy making and that ALL students receive the proper education they deserve.



    Community Education Council - District 7

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    Consuelo Elaine Bacote (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:07X030

    Applicant Background

    I was a Lead Volunteer, on the School Leadership Team at PS 65 and MS162 and New Explorers High School. I am currently PTA President of New Explorers High School. I am President of the Classroom Committee at South Bronx Head Start. I also served on Community Education Council in 1999.

    Personal Background

    I want to serve on the council because I feel it is important to be closely knit with the children's education and move forward as they move forward. I know that I will be effective on the council because I have a lot of experience in the field of education and have been working with all parent volunteer committees for over 30 years. From all of that experience I know that I can contribute a lot of valuable input and learn more myself. In the years past I have worked with the Community Education Council and enjoyed working with the team. I was a very valuable member of this team in the past, making strides in nutrition education, curriculum development, resources for parents and increased parental involvement.

    Neyda I Franco

    Qualifiying School:07X551

    Applicant Background

    During the pass 30 yrs. I have service the community in the roles of Educational Trustee, Housing Specialist, Educational & Community Advocate. As a mother of four children, guardian of three children and grandmother of 11 children all have been and still are in the Public Education, I have been involve in all aspects of their educational learning.

    Personal Statement

    As a Guardian, Parent, Grandparent, and Children & Parent Advocate in CSD#7 for over 30 years. I feel that I can help the community continue to understand their parential role in their childrens education.

    Tanya Jones

    Qualifiying School:07X343

    Applicant Background

    N/A

    Personal Statement

    I HAVE SERVED ON THE CEC FOR THE LAST4 YEARS. WHEN I FIRST STARTED IT WAS A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE AS I CONTINUED TO SERVE I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH AND HAVE SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH THE SCHOOLS AND PARENTS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE CEC SO THAT I CAN STILL MAINTAIN AN OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOLS, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY. WHEN YOU GO TO THE SCHOOLS YOU LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT THE DIFFERENT LEARNING TECHNIQUES THAT EACH SCHOOL USES TO TEACH THE CHILDREN. ALSO IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO SEE THE WAT THE CHILDREN INTERACT WITH THE ADULTS AND THEIR PEERS.

    Ada V. Martinez

    Qualifiying School:07X298

    Applicant Background

    I currently serve on the school leadership team and PTA at Academy of Public Relations and Dr. Ellis Scope. I help the schools out in setting up for meetings and guiding parents who come for the meetings. I also volunteer in helping teachers and students during school field trips.

    Personal Statement

    I want to be part of the community education of distric 7 to better help the students and parents in the community.

    Saran McGlothin

    Qualifiying School:07X031* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 05M469)

    Applicant Background

    I have been a volunteer in th e public schools since the 1998. This has been a great experience for me. I've had the opportunitiy to work with children of many diverse cultures. For over eight years I held the position of P.A. President. I have also served as a teacher assistant for Over 2 years in the early 90's. I also have been a learning leader for over 8 years. I' ve also been able to experience the needs and hurts of these innocent children. Sometimes they are not understood however, with some love, patience,and kindness we can create the perfect antidote for a child's success.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve my community with the love, compassion, & knowledge that's in me. I have a passion and desire to help the people of my community. This is where I'm from. This is who I am. I can't turn away from my roots because they're grounded deeply inside of me. Without the components mentioned above we can, will, and have lost our children. We can't change the past but we sure can take control of our future. This is why I want to serve and this is why I feel I will be effective as a leader serving on the Comunity Educational Council.

    Almeta Trammel

    Qualifiying School:07X162

    Applicant Background

    CEC D7 2009-2011 continuing to serve the district needs, Learning Leader 1999-2010 serving mainly PS/MS 29x learning about the education layout from workshops, and meetings. City Harvest 2005-2011 helping to make sure seniors is added, and the PS 385 parents take advantage of the services. Tenant Association 2007-2011 helping parents be inform of the educational changes and rights President Council 2010-2011 helping Presidents and their schools improve on leadership. CPAC 2010-2011 lobbying for the changes those parents is seeking working with UFT, and other organizations. Christ Love Ministries Community Services Programs helping the community obtain jobs, food, clothing, drug placements, and housing assistance. I have knowledge about special education from serving as a parent rep. in the I.E.P. meetings, ELL's attending conferences and workshops. Serving as a DLT member learning and discussing all of our schools in district 7.

    Personal Statement

    I appreciate the opportunity to have served as your Representative in the Community Education Council District 7 since 2005. My commitment to the 7 District is clear: I respond to your needs in this district by representing you in the South Bronx, and New York City As your voice in our state's capital, I work extremely hard each and every day to improve the quality of learning for all students, and families. I will continue to protect parents and teachers rights, to demand better oversight of educational spending, and help limit changes to all of our schools in District 7. I want you to support me by voting for me to serve as one of your leaders in the CEC Council. I learned that my positive reaction is key to being proactive. I know that I will seek to reduce the mindset of those who say this organization have no power. We have the power to inform, teach, and train our parent leaders to become better learners, advocates, and seekers of all educational opportunities. My name is Almeta Trammel and I thank you for voting for me. "The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on." - Walter Lippman

    Evelyn Varela

    Qualifiying School:07X369

    Applicant Background

    I have and continue to work with middle school and teen population through preventive services and advocacy. I have a daughter who is currently in the second grade with attention and emotional issues who has been through many systems. I believe my personal and professional experience will make me an outstanding candidate.

    Personal Statement

    I strongly believe I am a qualified candidate and want to serve on the council because I would Luke to advocate for all the under represented populations. I have many great ideas on how to improve the quality of services that are currently implemented in our schools. I also would like to contribute to The committee's efforts to bring about positve change. My experience in mental health and preventive services make me a very qualified candidate.

    Tracy Alecia Woodall

    Qualifiying School:07X001

    Applicant Background

    Member of Community Board 1/ Neighborhood Advisory Board 40th Community Precinct Council

    Personal Statement

    I am actively a member of CEC7. I've established a solid fondation with the parents of district 7 and I know that I would be even more effective now due to all the changes in our education system. I've learned so much during the course of my term as a member amd built some positive bridges as well as joining forces with other boards to give parents the information and knowledge they need to help their children to succeed in this educational crisis.This year is going to be a challenging year for our district, and with the expirence I've learned as a CEC member, I can best serve the Parents and my community of my district.



    Community Education Council - District 8

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    Laurine Berry

    Qualifiying School:08X366* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 11X270)

    Applicant Background

    I have always been a advocate for the children through schools or any othe civic organizatrion. I am a learning leader. I have been involve with the Boy Scouts of America, Cadet program reaching out teach concepts of life issues respect of people rights. I enjoy teach and sharing the concept of what is accepted to being a young person it the society.

    Personal Statement

    Being a member of CEC it is important the focus is on our children education to make sure each chld get the best offered and beyond to me the working world. It is also just as important to bring the parents to the table to address the needs expectations of each child. To keep a strong beleive that together we can reach the goal for the children. Education is the most and foremost endenvor of our future chldren to be the best of best. As a memmber our will always fight the need of each child right to be taught and succeed.

    Janet Lee Bosch

    Qualifiying School:08X125

    Applicant Background

    For the 2009/1020 school year I was the Title1 chairperson. I also volunteered for our school dances as well as our movie night. I was a key player in helping to organize our school's Multi Cultural Fair where over 300 community members attended. I chaperoned class trips as well as grade trips when there were not enough chaperones. In additiion, I was a parent member of the school Leadership Team. For the 2010/1011 school year I presently hold the position of 1st Vice President as well as continuing my role as chairperson of Title 1. Once again I have been asked to chaperone as well as help organize class and grade trips as well as other functions we hold in our school. I am also still a parent member and secretary of the School Leadership team.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I feel I am an excellent advocate. I am hard working and always complete any task given to me. Being an executive board member of the Parent Association in my children's school and being in the school on a daily basis, I know what is expected by staff, students and parents in a school setting.

    Shareen K Branch

    Qualifiying School:08X371

    Applicant Background

    I am currently pta treasure in ps 72 for the past 3 years. I am also and slt member as a title 1 rep.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to join the cec because i would like to know what is going on inside my childs school district. Also i like to help others that are in need.

    Leah DelVecchio

    Qualifiying School:08X371

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of the Executive Board of my childrens' grammer school (P.@. 108) serving as secretary, vice-president and co-president. I have been a member of the Executive Board of my childrens' middle schools (I.S. 192 and Urban Insitute of Mathematics) serving as the secretary and president. I have served on the SLTs of all three schools. I have served as the secretary of PAPEC, which is the PA/PTA President's Council. I have served as a member of CEC8

    Personal Statement

    I feel that having had over 13 years of experience serving on PA/PTAs, SLTs and CEC8 I am qualified to continue as a member of CEC8. The continuing education of the children of New York is an issue which I feel is well worth me volunteering my time for. This year, the members of CEC8 have been able, as a group, to assist the staff and parents of one of the districts' most successful schools remove its new principal who was disparaging the integrity of that school. We were also, as a group, able to help another school in renaming itself to suit its new vision. The CEC8 under the leadership of the Superintendent Behr is assuming a new and active role in District 8 and I feel that I have been contributing part of that and would like to continue in that endeavor.

    Frank Charles DiNardo

    Qualifiying School:08X072

    Applicant Background

    I've participated at PS 72 as a PTA trustee over the past few years, this present school year I was elected as PTA VP. I wanted to be more involved at Community Level so last year 2009 / 2010 school yearI appliedfor CEC8 and was cleared and accepted. This past year I was also elected as CEC 8 1st VP.

    Personal Statement

    I've been on Community Education Council 8 for approximately 1 1/2 years now. It has been a learning experience. You become and see how you can be more involved. Sitting on the Board you hear and see alot. You realize you have parents and children that are not getting whats best for them. You see and hear of schools not suceeding. You reach out to your community schools and parents to give a helping hand. It gets discouraging but when parents and children say thank you ITS ALL WORTH IT. I can give my time and knowledge of giving help from my heart. I know how it is because at my school age I,ve been and done it all. I'm not afraid to reach out and listen for all concerns. My only personal agenda will be CHILDREN FIRST and always.

    Tasha Harris

    Qualifiying School:08X100

    Applicant Background

    I served on the board as the P.A. president , a core member on the DLT,a core member of the school leadership team, recently participated with CPAC and the PAPEC president of district 8, for the past two years. I also participated as a Learners Leader.

    Personal Statement

    I enjoy being a parent advocate for my community. I am a very active member on all boards. I encourage students to reach their highest potential, no matter what level of education they are on and i also provide parents with the resources to be an effective and knowledgeable parent, based on my experience, i feel i would be the best candidate, for district 8. I am professional,energetic,responsible and ready to serve my community, for the well being of all families.

    Norma Mendez-Cruz

    Qualifiying School:08X131

    Applicant Background

    I started to be invlved since my children enter pre K and my son who is cerebral palsy enter the Waters School for Special Children. Was president for my children's school for 12 yers. Then when I adopted my son and dauthter that are attending school now. I am one of the original members of CEC in District 8 since their beginnings in 2000. Also worked fo rthe school system and for a day care center on Fulton Ave in the Bronx. Also was chair of ABC Montessia Pre-School.

    Personal Statement

    Tana Li Rivera

    Qualifiying School:08X119

    Applicant Background

    Parent Volunteer, Learning Leader Volunteer

    Personal Statement

    After spending the last two years volunteering in the NYC public school system I have seen that there is a great need for parent involvment within the schools. Having someone like myself who not only has a child in the systems but is also a voluteer within the schools I can offer perspective to both parties to work for the advantage of the student. I would like to think of myself as a substitute parent for those who can't be as involved as they'd like in their childs education. I would only hope that option would be available to me if I weren't able to deticate myself to the schools the way I do now.

    Monique Charisse Sheppard

    Qualifiying School:08X048

    Applicant Background

    Well I am part of a non profit organization called, Moving The Chains and our goal is to reinforce academics through athletics. I have also studied early childhood development during my associates degree internship. I am also the community liaison for my community and the organization of MTC. I've worked with children from 5-15 and young adults 16-25-.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the CEC because I have valuable information that the children of our future need to be expose to, such as The New York Historical Society, this would open their minds cultruly and will motivate them not to become a product of their environment. There is more to learn then what a teachers curriculm has to offer. In the past I have attended CEC meetings and it was disappointing to hear so much talk about ideas, but viewed very little and very slow changing process that would allow our students to have the upper hand on their education. I aske that I be given a chance to make that change to better our students and boost motivation. Thank you.

    Otis Santana Thomas

    Qualifiying School:08X100

    Applicant Background

    Currently CEC8 board member and Vice-President of the PTA for PS 100 Bronx.

    Personal Statement

    During my first year with the Community Education Council for District 8 I've shared some ideas with my board members, voted no for zoning changes for five schools, helped a new PA in a school that haven't had a working board last semester, helped another school with the parents concerns on a charter school situation, and helped a community turn a failing school into a thriving school. I would like to continue being the voice of the parents in District 8 for our children.

    Sajo Kumbamang Touray

    Qualifiying School:08X302

    Applicant Background

    P T A MEMBER, AND TREASURER IN MS 302 FOR 3 YEARS, SLT MEMBER FOR 2 YEARS IN MS 302, PTA MEMBER IN EXIMIUS ACADEMY SLT MEMBER IN EXIMIUS , TITLE 1 MEMBER IN EXIMIUS , PTA MEMBER AND, SLT MEMBER, IN JANE ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL.. I am still running these positions and still attending regular meetings in all these three schools without failure and on time too. You can ask ali these principals about me. They know me very well.

    Personal Statement

    I did degrees,BA and MA in Education and secondly 3 of children are attending colleges in New York State and 3 of my other children are attending schools as indicated above in New York schools. Everyday I go to one of the schools for something .. You can ask the teachers and all the workers in these schools.



    Community Education Council - District 9

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    Carlton Arthur Curry

    Qualifiying School:09X126

    Applicant Background

    I've been envoled with kids in my commmunity for tweenty five years. I taught kung-fu , boxing and etc... I've taken kids out of the community to different events such as water parks,plays,concerts,Baseball games(Yankees) basketball, I had the DA come to our schools so that the kids can learn there rights as productive citizens,teach the kids that they can do any thing if they put there mind to it . I expose them to all kinds of things some things that there use to and some things that they never knew was available to them.

    Personal Statement

    So that our kids can get the best there is. I will go to where ever there is to go ,to get what our kids need to achevie there goals ,sky is the limit with there feet on the ground.I'am a good listener.And i am a go Getter.

    Marilyn Espada

    Qualifiying School:09X064

    Applicant Background

    I have been a parent of District 9 for nine years. I started as a Learning Leader for three years, I have served as a Parent Association president and Title 1 Representetive for four years. I have also sat on the SLT, I have conducted workshops and trainings for the community and parents, I've also represented the President Council as the Recording Secretary. At the present time i am a very active CEC member.

    Personal Statement

    As a present CEC member i have learned alot of things i did not know as a parent, I have worked very closely with different schools, parents and the community. I have done several school visits and attented Albany trips to stop budget cuts. I would like to serve on the Community Education Council for another term to assist in making dessisions for children, our children need to be set up for succsess. As a parent i am against schools closing.

    Nancy Cristina Graciano

    Qualifiying School:09X218

    Applicant Background

    Currently I am the Vice-President of my daughter's school and I participate actively in all the workshops and activities the school offers. I have participated as a volunteer since 1997; I have been the Title I President.

    Personal Statement

    I would like for parents to participate more in their children's education. I would contribute with my experience for that success so that parents and their children have better results as a community.

    Nicole Graham-McCathern

    Qualifiying School:09X215

    Applicant Background

    I have been a scholarship chairperson for the New York Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Woman's Club from 2008-2011. I h ave provided youth from New York and Westchester with over $10,000 in scholarship for higher education to tutorial programs. I also work on oratorical competitions for youth between to ages of 12 years old - 18 years old.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in helping the Community Education Council understand the services that are necessary for the students in the district. My experience with youth in the ages 12-18 years old I have insight of what they would like to see as of programs, learning materials, after school activists, and sports programs. I have experience in evaluating programs at district level from the organizations I am a member.

    Leslie Elyse Grant

    Qualifiying School:09X053

    Applicant Background

    My professional background is rooted in community and direct service application in low income communities. For the greater part of career, my work has been centered on providing leadership development and trainings to pregnant and parenting high school age teenagers. I became a young mother at the age of 16, after being unlawfully kicked out of school because of my pregnancy I was recruited by Sistas on the Rise.Inc to help support young mothers in the Bronx's Martha Nelson Pregnant and Parenting high school. I currently work as the Development Director for Sistas on the Rise.Inc.

    Personal Statement

    My seven year old son is my inspiration for the self nomination, my son is currently in Special education in a 12-1 setting; It was my choice to have him evaluated after I noticed that he had a regression in his speech when he was 1 1/2 years old. Since then I have learned the ins and outs of the specials education system. I have been consisted and diligent in my role as advocator for my son's services. I understand and want to support other parents who might struggle in learning all the rights and procedures that govern the Special Education Department. I have an organizational management background and my undergraduate studies are in children and family behavior, while currently studying at the graduate level in public administration and policy I know this has strengthen my capacity to do this work. There is no doubt in my mind that my expanding skill set will be beneficial to which ever committee I serve on. Coupled with strong public speaking skills there is only opportunity for active participation.

    Eukeysha Gregory

    Qualifiying School:09X328

    Applicant Background

    I have initiated a rewards program where I donate gifts and prizes to children with good or improved behavior. I also listen to the children about their problems. I also volunteer at lunch,

    Personal Statement

    I will be a valuable asset to the council. I have a great insight on the students and relate to the problems of the Board of Education. I am very open minded to ideas. I would like to contribute some of my own ideas to prevent bullying in the school system.

    Nancy Medina

    Qualifiying School:09X035

    Applicant Background

    OFFICE WORK , FILING MAKING COPY'S AND GIVING THEM OUT TO THNE CLASS ROOM TEACHERS.

    Personal Statement

    I DO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE AND MY GOAL IS TO HELP OTHER PARENT LIKE ME IF I CAN, AND IF I HAVE THE TIME TO DO JUST THAT .

    Nora Mercado

    Qualifiying School:09X114

    Applicant Background

    At the moment I am an active parent involved the CEC. Also I do voluteer work at my daughters school, when I can. I am very happy to be part of the CEC. I have learned so much. Hopefully I will have a few more months to learn even more. I was also part of the P.A. in my daughters first school,P.S. 23. I am also part of the parent outreach committy.

    Personal Statement

    I will always care about ower kids education. As long as I make a difference I will. Parent are sometimes discouraged to paticipate, but I feel my job is to help these parents become more involved. I will try my best to help and inform parents to become more involved with their childs education. Ower children are the future. Only the parents can make a brighter and better future for ower kids education.

    Carmen Milagros Ramos

    Qualifiying School:09X042

    Applicant Background

    I have been a parent volunteer for nine years, been with learning leaders for seven years. I had work in classrooms and in the book volt. Recently a council member for the English Language Learners. My child recently pass the ELL's test.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve in the cec9 because I would like to help the parents and the children that needs the help. In my experience I have heard the school staff lying to the parents when they need help and they never help them out. According to the parents bill of rights we the parents are allow to know what goes on in our children school and every time something happens they stay quite. And then they get upset if a parent comes to school and start a fight.

    Marie E Randolph-Tejeda

    Qualifiying School:09X339

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in the clean parks department for three years, I have also volunteered with suicide hotline for over two years. In adition I monthly donate clothing and used items to the good will and salvation army. I also was a middle school substitue teacher for six months during the strike in 1990 for the state of Connecticut .

    Personal Statement

    I live in a crime infested neighborhood, many of my neighbors are illegal immigrants that don't speak english. I feel because of the community we live in many of these people don't have a voice. Rather they dont feel they have the right to speak up or out. I know I can be that voice of change in my community, I know I can bring change.

    MJarilin Rodriguez

    Qualifiying School:09X324

    Applicant Background

    I have been a school volunteer. I am currently working with Learning Leaders training as a parent volunteer for the Junior High School population. I am an active member of the Bronx Early College Academy's Parent's Association. I have contributed my time to school fundraisers. I am also a member of B.E.C.A's No Place For Hate Club which puts me in direct contact with students in both middle and high school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because I would like to be an active effective advocate for true quality education for all NYC public school children. I feel I can be effective because I am a team player as long as the goal of the team is to actively, effectively advocate for the students of the New York City, Public School system. I am able to asses when I am needed to take on a prominate role and will do so, I am also able to take on a supportive role when that is what the situation requires. I will work hard and diligently, I am passionate about education. My only goal is to see a successful education system where students are given an equal quality education enabling students to truly compete in the global intellectual economy, I will work tirelessly to reach that goal. I hope my experience or lack of experience does not discourage you from allowing me to serve on a Community Education Council, because I am an eager learner who can and will adapt and utilize newly acquired skills easily and competently.

    Wendy Lorraine Williams

    Qualifiying School:09X324

    Applicant Background

    I AM INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND CLOSING THE GAPS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL NEEDS. I HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MY SON PARTICIPATED IN EARLY INTERVENTIONS, AND HE HAS HAD AN ACTIVE IEP SINCE HE WAS 14 MONTHS OLD. I HAVE FOUND THAT WITH DEDICATION AND CONSISTENCY ALL CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF ADVANCING AND REACHING GOALS. I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS IN PITTSBURGH WHICH HELPED CHILDREN ACADEMICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND SOCIALLY.

    Personal Statement

    I BELIEVE THAT MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, THE CHILDREN, THE COUNCIL, AND THE COMMUNITY.



    Community Education Council - District 10

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    Margaret Denise Adams

    Qualifiying School:10X118

    Applicant Background

    I attend most of the Parent association meetings held at both of my children's schools. Any time there is an opportunity to lend a helping hand around the school I am honored to do so. I try and attend most community meetings and training programs. I have also attended several workshops on education, parenting, organizational skills, public speaking, budgeting and many more. I normally interact with my children, families, neighbors and friends children who are of many different educational backgrounds.

    Personal Statement

    I have a lot of skills that I would love to utilize for the greater good of my community. Another reason I would like to serve on the Community Education Council is so I will be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Being on the CEC will give me the opportunity to have a say in my community; it will also help my children to see the difference between action and talk.

    Rubnelia Agostini

    Qualifiying School:10X118

    Applicant Background

    I am the PA President at MS118 2010- 2011 we have lots of activities with students and parents, we also have work shops for parents to provide inportant information about education and ways to understand the changes our kids go thru in life I love doing what I am doing at my school and I will love to learn more for me , my school and my community.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on a Comminity Education Council because I have kids that go to new york public school everything that go on in our schools whether is good or bad has an effect in our kids I feel that if I am part of the Council I will Have the opotunity as a parent to inform my self I could inform my parents more in how the DOE System works and Help them understand it. I feel the more information parents have, the better we could teach our children at home. I know I'm effective in the position because I am a person who likes to listen, open-minded, I have no fear of expressing my ideas, I want my voice to be heard, I am looking for new changes and experince I am also a team player.

    Alaira Ashford

    Qualifiying School:10X032

    Applicant Background

    Learning Leaders Where I spend most of my time with the children in the cafeteria. I also volunteer with the Parent Association

    Personal Statement

    I have been very concerned with the Education of children and the progression of their ability to learn shapes them for the future. I grew up with an understanding that children can learn and be very productive. I would really like to make sure that our children get the best possibilities.

    Renee Janice Bock

    Qualifiying School:10X024

    Applicant Background

    I have been a preschool classroom teacher for eight years and am now the Director of a preschool called The Children's Learning Center of Morningside Heights. I have an MS in Early Childhood Education. I have taught children with special needs, adovocated for children to get services through the DOE. My own children have attended both private Jewish schools in New York and also PS 24 and MS 141. EAch of my sons has had special needs over the years and I have learned my advocacy through my life with them.

    Personal Statement

    I have a very strong background in educational issues, looking at both the small picture as a parent and the larger picture as a school director. I understand the needs of the whole child and how the family plays a role in the educational life of the child. My work at Bank Street College taught me to think boradly about educational issues and to not get mired in thei idea that there is one right answer. I'm able to work collaboratively as part of a team to come up with multiple workable solutions. I have strong feelings about the culture of testing in the city and the way it impacts children and I would like to work as part of a group to think through the challenges of this reality for the city right now.

    Carmen Elena Estrella

    Qualifiying School:10X209

    Applicant Background

    I would like my daughter to go to P.S. 209 for Pre-K

    Personal Statement

    I need to find a school for my son Angel X Vega also ... I need to apply for Ps. 9 ? Please help first time applying online.

    Raquel Fedebagha

    Qualifiying School:10X051

    Applicant Background

    I volunteered with HOPE for Harlem canvassing the Harlem neighborhoods during their campaign to registered as many children to receive free vaccinations with CHIP (Child Health PLUS) Campaign. As a volunter for HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) I also participated in their blood drives. As a Children' Ministry Coordinator for the NYC Church of Christ, I volunteered for eight years every Sunday to monitor and organize the Sunday school classes. I coordinated the orientation workshops and worked with parents to ensure that the classes were running smoothly on a weekly basis. The majority of the students were in general education.

    Personal Statement

    My six year old son is in the first grade in general education. I value my son's education and I want to become an Education Council Member so that I can greater serve my community and possibly improve the education system in NYC. I believe if more parents were involved in his/her child's education our school system would improve for the better. I feel I would be effective as a Council Member because as someone who grew-up and graduated in the NYC school system, I have a vested interest in contributing my time and effort to helping the school system become the best it can be in order to serve our children better.

    Evelyn Feliciano

    Qualifiying School:10X331* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 11X544)

    Applicant Background

    PA Secretary 2007, Learning Leader 2008, School Leadership Team 2009-10, Boy Scout Youth leader 2009-2011, PA Secretary 2011, Parent Leader for (NYCPP) New York Civic Participation Project. (CEJ) Coalition For Educational Justice. www.nycpp.org, www.nyccej.org. Because of the Love I have for children I kindly donated my services. God Bless Peace. Evelyn

    Personal Statement

    I believe I can help plan to make correct changes in our education system. I believe

    Janice Ford

    Qualifiying School:10X009

    Applicant Background

    I am on the school leadership team at PS 9.

    Personal Statement

    I've been on the board since 2005. I enjoy my work on the board and feel that I'm not finish yet.

    Valerie Greaves

    Qualifiying School:10X037

    Applicant Background

    Past PA Secretary and President of the PA at P.S. 7 (2006-2008) Past LST member/parent at P.S. 7 (2006-2008) Present CEC member of Dist 10 (2009-2011) Present SLT member of PS/MS 37-BX (2010-2011) Present Parent Volunteer at RKA (141) Bx. for the PA (2010-2011)

    Personal Statement

    My passion is volunteering at schools that my children attend and schools they don't attend. I lived and attended Dist. 10 schools all my life. So have my four children. My oldest goes to a college in Dist 10, I also have a high schooler, one in middle school, and one in elementary school. I attend Dist. trainings, workshops, PA mtgs., and community board 8 in Riverdale mtgs. I love what I do and the parents I get involved. My ultimate goal is to get a PA mtg at the schools I help with to have a mtg. big enough to be held in an auditorium. Thanks.

    Heather Guerino

    Qualifiying School:10X340 

    Applicant Background

    Co-founder for Crusaders for Children's Rights, Founder of Just Like Home Daycare, Community Activist in the Kingsbridge Heights Neighborhood Association, graduate of the New York City Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy.

    Personal Statement

    As a community activist for 17 years in Kingsbridge Heights community and a owner of a daycare in the Bronx, foster parent to 6 teenage boys and a parent of 3 boys. I feel that I have been a positive activist in my community, I am an effective leader because I was involved in my 30 year old son who attended PS 56, MS 80, graduated high school and served in the army including overseas in Iraq. My 7 year old twin boys who attend PS 340, I have been involved with their education and participated in activities in their school. With all my years of experience in raising a young man who served our country, I am a positive leader for our children and teenagers.

    Laura Jane Liebman

    Qualifiying School:10X024

    Applicant Background

    I am a social worker at a local hospital. Professionally, I have worked with all ages including a residential treatment facility for the mentally disabled. In my work I supervise teenagers in a special work program. I have volunteered to coach baseball and have been a union delegate for the last 18 years.

    Personal Statement

    I am the mother of a child with an IEP and who was in ELL. I want to make the board of education more accessible. I also hope that I can bring the voices of all families to the table.I want to affect change beyond the local school.

    Obioma Richardson

    Qualifiying School:10X020

    Applicant Background

    I HAVE CHAPERONED ON SCHOOLS TRIPS, I HAVE TRIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PTA UNFORTUNATELY MEETING ARE HELD DURING WORKING HOURS. I HAVE TRIED TO PETITION FOR THEM TO CHANGE OR AT LEAST WORK WITH WORKING PARENTS AND THAT WAS NOT ACCOMPLISHED.

    Personal Statement

    I NEED TO HAVE A DIRECT DECISION IN MY CHILD EDUCATION. I DO NOT WANT PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE TO CONSTANTLY MAKE DECISIONS FOR MY CHILD, ESPECIALLY WHEN I KNOW HER BEST. MY MOTHER WAS VERY INVOVLED IN MY EDUCATION AND I WAS ABLETO GET VERY FAR, BECAUSE TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL STAFF UNDERSTOOD I HAD SUPPORT.

    Marvin Shelton

    Qualifiying School:10X024

    Applicant Background

    I have served as Community District Education Councilmember since their inception. One of my children has an Individualized Education Plan, the other is Gifted and Talented, so I've had experience with just about all the DOE can offer. I also coach Little League baseball, ages 6-8

    Personal Statement

    As we move forward under the new Chancellor's leadership, I want ot continue to ensure that the Public is informed, engaged and has a role in the decisions regarding the educational policies that affect our communities.



    Community Education Council - District 11

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    Shakawat Ali

    Qualifiying School:11X097

    Applicant Background

    I have been very active parent advocate of an 8 years old autistic child. I also founded Angels Association of America. We conduct free information seminar for parents of disabled children, especially for immigrant community. I have done extensive research on IEP, ABA, VB for autistic children. I am currently serving as a president of Rotary Club of Central Bronx, District 7230 of Rotary International, an international humanitarian organization. I also served in Community Board 9 from 1997-2000.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent of a special need child and a general education child in honor roll, I think can bring new ideas to improve our local school and special education policies. My work experience as an IT Audit supervisor for NYC office of the Comptroller, research experience and diverse educational background and cultural background can be an asset for the council.

    Elisabeth Mbeleck Bikoko

    Qualifiying School:11X468

    Applicant Background

    I have been a Learning Leader parent since 2006-2007 at P,S75 in Bronx,NY,in the same School I also volunteered as a translator in French-English for special Ed students when the School was in need. I was also in a SLT,a treasurer at P,S 75.Serving in my children school helped me to become not only a better parent but also a very strong activist dedicate for all chidren in NYC Public Schools. From my experience ,I learned that when a parent is involved in school's activities children will do good in school Academic achievement . This is an opportunity to encourage many parents to take the same path because Parent Involvment is the key in Education.Teachers and the hole school Administration in every single school need our help without our input,they can't get outstanding results.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because I believe in educating our children,our future.It also help to impact in the Community in which we live.Visiting all my shools I was assigned to create a passion in me.Without passion we can't achieve important goals.I gained a lot of experience on the field when visiting my schools,working together with Principals,Parents Cordinators,parents and students.I just want to continue to serve because I am committed to bring a change in the NYC publics Schools. I feel I will be effective by being more active ,by working closely with my colleagues,attending many CEC Meetings as possible,attending different Workshops and training mandated for all CECs members and of course by visiting and reporting any activities going on in each school I am assigned to.

    Michelle L Dixon

    Qualifiying School:11X153

    Applicant Background

    I attend all school trips and activities when they have them.

    Personal Statement

    I'm well informed with what is going on with the parents in my sons class. Parent involvement is very important and I hope that I could be an example for others in the school.

    Stephanie Jackson

    Qualifiying School:11X189

    Applicant Background

    Chair of Sixth-Grade Committee & Academia Benchmark at Merrick Academy Charter School, Queens, NY. Member of ADHOC Committee at Merrick Academy Charter School, Queens, NY. Secretary of the PA, Board of Trustees and Title 1 at M.S. 180, Bronx, NY. Active Member of the NY Wildcards Sports Program.

    Personal Statement

    I have always been an active member in my sons schools. But I pulled out my high school student from a public school and put him into a Catholic school which leaves me with my youngest son in a public school. But since my youngest son has attended this school, I have yet to have found my voice. I have attended several PA meetings and I have found them to be extremely unorganized. I would like to become active again as I used to be and continue to make a difference.

    Grace Lovaghio

    Qualifiying School:11X076

    Applicant Background

    I have been on the PA Board in 2007 and again in 2010-11. I was Co-President, then PA Secretary. I was also President's Council Secretary and DPAC Alternate Chair in 2007 and 2011. I am a parent advocate as well.

    Personal Statement

    I would be very effective because I know how the DOE works. I am familiar with it because I have endured alot of adversity from it, mostly because I believe in making Principals and all administrators accountable to the parents whom they serve. I have a 'thick' skin and do not back down easily. However I am a team player and work well with others, given the chance.

    Steve Miller

    Qualifiying School:11X169

    Applicant Background

    I have been an executive board member for Baychester Academy PTA/Title I for the past two years. Serviing as Title I Alternate chair and presently PTA President. I am also on the SLT and serve as DPAC Treasurer. At Baychester Academy we have worked hard to create an agenda which is inclusive of the variety of students we service. Parents need workshops and opportunities that will help them maximize their child's educational development. We also have done community minded activities such as Halloween Safe Afternoon, where the school was open on Sunday October 31st, 2010, students and their families came to the school dressed in career minded attire. The children announced what they wanted to be when they grow up and enjoyed activities and received goodie bags. We have encouraged our parents to access our webpage on the school website to keep abreast of upcoming activities and give feedback. We have done fundraisers to get library ready books from scholastic for the school. At our Fall book fair, parents and students donated over $600 worth of books to the classrooms. We have built a sense of pride and community which is in line our school of great expectations.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on District 11's CEC because I am a product of District 11's public school's graduating from PS 111, IS 144 and Harry S. Truman. After graduating from Hunter College I was proud to return to this neighborhood to raise my family. I want the best from our school system and want to be part of the solution. I want to bring my energy and enthusiasm to an already vibrant group. As a father, I want to be a role model for other fathers' to encourage their involvement. With our present economy there are not many parents who get to stay home, as such there is more pressure on parents regarding time to spend with and for their children. We must provide appropriate leadership that enables our parents in this process.

    Etta Smith

    Qualifiying School:11X087

    Applicant Background

    CEC 11 PS 16 - volunteer , PS 87 volunteer

    Personal Statement

    I have served on CEC D 11 for 2 years and I wish to continue working and supporting the students and families of distrcit 11.



    Community Education Council - District 12

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    Catherine Baez

    Qualifiying School:12X102

    Applicant Background

    I am a parent volunteer for already 4 years at my daughter's school. I am a learning leader, and CEC member for District 12.

    Personal Statement

    Since I became a member I have learned a lot of things that I did not know before. I like helping parents and kids. A lot of parents don't there rights or what is CEC. I think every parent should know they rights and who they have to go if they have a situation. I wan to serve CEC because I love helping and our school are struggling and any help I can do I be more than willing to do.

    Starlina Shavonne Branch

    Qualifiying School:12X150

    Applicant Background

    I have voluntered in the schools Parent Association the last 4 years and in the 2010-2011 school year was the president. I have participated in SLT as well as DLT for 2010-2011 and was the secretary of Presidents Council the same year as well. I am the vice president of x269 in District 8.

    Personal Statement

    I hate to see families fall in the crack due to lack of education or resources. I want to be apart of a team that is making change and progress for the education of our children in the community. I like the positive things I see the CEC doing and I have been a witness to the ways they have helped our children. I think if more parents got involved with things like this our schools and communities would be a lot better off. I want to be able to help children and parents in the community in all schools know their rights when it comes to their childs school and education so they do not settle for less than the best.

    Winifred Coulton

    Qualifiying School:12X242

    Applicant Background

    Presently, I serve as 1st Vice President to Community School District 12's Community Education Council.

    Personal Statement

    I would want to serve on the CEC because I feel that my past experience as 1st Vice President to CEC D12 has made some change. I have reached out to my community and informed them about CEC's and have empowered them to attend meetings and to be more vocal and attentive to educational issues.

    Natividad Delgadillo

    Qualifiying School:12X300

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    Suzanna Figueroa

    Qualifiying School:12X150

    Applicant Background

    I have voluntered in my childrens schools in District 12 since my oldest now 12 was in head start. I have also patricipate in the Parent Association at my childrens schools where at one point I held the position of president and vice president another year. I am currently the president of a jr high/high school PTA in District 8. I was on the SLT team for 2 years in my childrens school and I have been on the CEC the last 2 years in District 12 where I deal with the parents who have children with IEP's.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve because I love to help parents who want to help their children but dont know where to go. I am a very good asset to the community and I am good at finding out resources and information that I might not have on hand. I know many people in this community and they always come to me forinformation or with questions and by being on the CEC I will be able to provide them with accurate information.

    Demetria K Gibbs

    Qualifiying School:12X383

    Applicant Background

    I was a learning leader I taught students which had low reading scores.

    Personal Statement

    I can give some good ideas to help improve failing schools and I can learn about other programs within the school district.

    Marta Latimer

    Qualifiying School:12X341

    Applicant Background

    Ive done School Leadership Team . Ive done PTA threw out the years ive been elceted to Title 1 Rep , secretary , Treserer. ive been also been certified learning leaders

    Personal Statement

    Ive done PTA and vouleteer for over 10 years I enjoy working with families. Our childrens education is important to me because they are our future.Ever since I had my children my passion has grown towards the rights of our parents and children to suceed with the help of the school and community.

    Thomasina Moore

    Qualifiying School:12X384

    Applicant Background

    I was a tutor at Ps. 18 in Staten Island, Cs. 150 and Cs.140 in The Bronx. I volunteered as a learning Leader n helped with the PA in Cs 150 and Entrada Academy. I am presently the PA President at Entrada Academy.

    Personal Statement

    I think that I would be a good asset to The CEC because I take eduation very serious and I'm very dedicated to my children's eduation. I need to be able to know what's going on in my children's schools. I am one parent that likes to know what's going on in the schools system so I can be able to understand and be able to inform other parents that work and can't make it out to any meeting that the council my have. I am a parent that thinks Education is the key to success and I stand my it's meaning.

    Maryluz Reyes

    Qualifiying School:12X383

    Applicant Background

    Currently hold position as President of Emolior Academy and hold position of member of Community Education Council for district 12. I am also a volunteer at the Children's aid society, Esperanza and also still an active member of the President's council for district 12.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council so that I can educate the parents of my school and other schools who are unable to attend meetings or are not informed about the CEC's.

    Ilka Rios

    Qualifiying School:12X098

    Applicant Background

    Title 1 rep in both schools; slt member in both schools

    Personal Statement

    i just wanna be a voice for all children in my district who may need help with services, or their education

    Pedro Angel Torres

    Qualifiying School:12X050

    Applicant Background

    P.T.A vice president

    Personal Statement

    i would like to be a cec member becuase iam a cec member allready and would like to get more experinces and be more involved with my kids future and the kids in my community

    Marisol Torres

    Qualifiying School:12X214

    Applicant Background

    I'm currently PTA President and on the school leadership. I serve on the student population of the school.

    Personal Statement

    I'm currently serving on the community education council since 2/9/2011 in which I was appointed but would like to serve for more time.



    Community Education Council - District 13

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    Cassandra M. Alston Townsley

    Qualifiying School:13K003* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 17K590)

    Applicant Background

    Community Education Council (CEC) District 13; Member Townsley's Oratory Group~Voices of Youth; Founder/CEO St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church; First Lady, Soloist Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, PTA; Member NAACP-Brooklyn Branch; Vice Chair Education Committee, Member Martin Luther King Commissions; Member New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union; Member American Postal Workers Union; Member High School Admissions Ambassador, Certificate June, 2010 Citizens Police Academy, Certificate June, 2010

    Personal Statement

    I am passionate about the youth and their education. I come with experience and ideas. I am ready to work.

    Arthurene Baugh

    Qualifiying School:13K282

    Applicant Background

    I am currently serving my second year as an AmeriCorps member. As an AmeriCorps member, I have committed to a year of service to America, volunteering with nonprofit organizations in addressing critical community needs. During my first year, I've worked diligently with the NYC Civic Corps fighting to eradicate poverty in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. As an AmeriCorps VISTA I helped to build capacity in one of Brooklyn's premiere community development corporations. Currently serving with AmeriCorps' State and National program, I am providing direct service working with New York City High School students. I provide educational and emotional support for students in the 9th -11th grades. I serve as a tutor, activities specialist, mentor and counselor and advocate for the student s I come in contact with on a daily basis. In my own school community, I work closely with the PTA organization in planning activities for the students. I have brought the annual, Jumpstart Read for the Record, reading campaign to the school for the past three years. I also volunteer in my four children's classes.

    Personal Statement

    As a citizen, professional, and a parent in a free and democratic society, I understand the need to be active in our participatory government. Serving on the Community Education Council provides a great opportunity for parents to be a part of the decision-making process of issues that affect their children's education. Being proactive and providing assistance in shaping public policy is a great way to have your concerns heard and to work with public officials willing to advocate on behalf of the issues you are concerned with. I believe I would be an effective member of the Community Education Council because I am an emerging leader. As a recent graduate of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, I have been trained to think critically, act for the common good, demonstrate moral courage and promote ethical decision-making.

    Ayanna Blaize

    Qualifiying School:13K020

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the PTA President at my children's school, and a member of the President's Council in District 13. I volunteer through the school and throughout the district, serving all the children of District 13. I am also an active member of the Student Leadership Team, and a vocal entity for the parents as well as in the community.

    Personal Statement

    If given the opportunity to serve on the District 13 Community Education Council, I will be a positive advocate that shapes the future of District 13. Being a proven leader in my school, and being a part of the current changes within the school community, it would be an excellent fit to the Council.

    Tameka Brooks

    Qualifiying School:13K113

    Applicant Background

    Im currently actively involved with both of my children PTA . I have volunteered in the school and in the classroom in the past. I am a former employer of NYC Children Services and worked closely with parent coordinator and guidance counselors to make assessment and service recommendation to support the children educational development and growth.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in learning and understanding how innovative methods are brought to my children schools. I feel like I can be a viable source in the process of change in both of mhy sons lives, along with children in my community being a part of this committee. I'm also interested how with proposed budget cuts, how if cuts are made the plans of action to do more with less. I would also like to take part of ensuring the budget doesn't continue to be negatively affected our community at a unequal level.

    Michelle Nichole Espinosa

    Qualifiying School:13K282

    Applicant Background

    I worked with the Board of Education from Sept 1993 to June 1998. I helped students in need of medical help. I enjoyed helpin the children and giving counsel if they needed it. I also volunteered at Project Chance Day Care, when my children attended the daycare which was in the late 90's, I was an 2nd Chairperson which meant if the first Chairperson was unavailable to run the meeting, I would continue in her spot. I did very much enjoy advocating for the children there and having fun with the staff and families when we had meetings.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I have children that I advocate for and I truly believe all children need an education and that all parents need to know their rights when they are advocating for their children.I also believe that children and parents should know what is goin on in their schools and communities, what they can do to contribute to their community and make a better life for themselves.

    David Paul Goldsmith

    Qualifiying School:13K492

    Applicant Background

    I have been active in the PTA of my daughter's elementary school, PS8, as PTA president and chairperson of the SLT. I am now PA President of the Parent Association of the middle school , Uaaal, my daughter attends. I am also on the SLT of the same school.

    Personal Statement

    I believe there is great potential in the parent and local communities to push the agenda of public education. Tragically many of the parents and the diverse communities within District #13 remain divided when in comes to public education issues. When we figure out a way to truly convey the message that an injury to one student is an injury to all students in our district ; then the standard for the education of of all our children will be raised. The challenges to insuring that ALL children in District #13 receive a quality public education are greater than ever. Unfortunately it seems more and more that the plans for the education of our children centers increasingly on "business" decisions. Our children truly represent the future and this short sighted business model for education is doomed to fail. I believe the CECs are limited in their ability to make substantial changes because of mayoral control. Nevertheless, the CEC can serve as a mechanism to help parents and members of the community in District #13 organize to make sure that the the DOE " does right by our children". and our city's future. I hope as a member of the CEC I can help make this happen.

    Benjamin Greene

    Qualifiying School:13K256

    Applicant Background

    Over the last 16 years I have served my school community as the president of the PTA and the Presidents' Council. I was also a member of the CEC and presently I am serving as Co-Chair of the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council. I was a mentor for a program called Project Male and currently I am a member of my community Block Assocation. In the past I have served as the president of the 79th PCT youth council. I always strive to be the best at whatever I do, Through my due diligence as a community leader I have provided the parents of the community in which I serve with a voice to speak out against injustice and maintained that the children of this community receive a fair and quality education.

    Personal Statement

    I feel as a member of community education council for district 13 I will provide the school community with experience as to how to navigate through the educational system. To speak out on behalf of the entire school district to ensure that District 13 has the same opportunities to strive for excellence for all of our children. By maintaining 16 years of experience as a community leader for District 13 I know that I will ensure that the parents and children have a choice and demand that this district is not left behind in receiving a sound quality education.

    Renee Holmes

    Qualifiying School:13K282

    Applicant Background

    I am current member of Community Education Council for District 13 and a member of my children's schools PTA. I am an advocate for children.

    Personal Statement

    This was my first term on the CEC 13 and I have learned a lot. I want to move the CEC forward into a progressive and active board that helps to make District 13 schools gateways to a productive well-rounded education for all students. All students in this city deserve access to a quality education that is academically rigorous, culturally diverse and socially inclusive and enriching. My goals are to increase parental involvement, programs and services for special education students at all schools and to ensure that all schools provide all students with a liberal arts education. All schools in the district should be given the resources and services that they need to grow and to properly service all students in their schools. I believe in fair and equal funding and support of all schools and the building up of neighborhood schools by helping them serve the neighborhoods where they are located. District 13 is a great district and we must work to make it great for all students.

    Nancy Hsueh-Bruni

    Qualifiying School:13K492

    Applicant Background

    I have volunteered for the past 18 years to assist public schools to create community where it may not exist. I've also volunteered for the past 8 years to help minority and low-income students with college planning and counsel. I am still mentoring those students who are now in college, and assist them with employment and internships. My main experience has been with students from 9-12 in general education, however, I've also worked with over-age students to help them and their families to find resources and act as intermediary between them and the school.

    Personal Statement

    I am a big proponent in leveling the education field for minority and low-income students. My experience, reputation can speak for itself. I also believe that we ought to align with students' interest rather than with educational heads and/or political ideals.

    Khem D. Irby

    Qualifiying School:13K133

    Applicant Background

    Presently, I am a member of the Community Education Council in District 13 and the PTA President of Park Place Community Middle School in District 13 and also the Title I Representative of Susan S. McKinney. As a parent of a special education student, I have become an advocate for children with special needs. I am also a member of Parents Across America, P.S. 133 Taskforce, Deny Waiver Coalition, NY Charter Parents Association and The Mothers' Agenda of New York.

    Personal Statement

    Serving on a Community Education Council has been a great learning experience. I have been fortuante to be able to attend most meetings and trainings offered by the DOE and other district schools. The relationships that I have built with the DOE have been rewarding. I believe that I will continue to be effective on the Community Education Council by continuing to work with the Superintendent and the Presidents' Council to put forth the agenda of our community parents. I continue to be outspoken at the Panel for Education Policy meetings when needed. Not only will I advocate for parents and chidlren but I will actively recruit other parents to be trained and informed about their child's school and the department of education structure. The community education council is an opportunity to be in the frontline of parent empowerment. I continue to attend meetings with the Community Boards and local and state politicians to ensure that parentshave a voice and ear to all decision-making concerning their children.

    Stephanie Elizabeth Keith

    Qualifiying School:13K009

    Applicant Background

    From 1989-1992: school teacher in the Oakland, CA school district. Taught as a substitute K-12 and then as a specialty teacher for Phys. ed. and Science for K-5. 1992-3: Staff substitute American International School in Cairo, Egypt for K-12. Community service award in 2001 from the Gates Ave. Youth Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for involvement with their "at-risk" teens. School volunteer at my daughter's NYC public school as regular chaperone and involved with the PTA.

    Personal Statement

    I have always been interested in education and schools. I believe that education is one of the most important factors in our society today. Being involved with the PTA of my child's school has led me to believe that I have leadership qualities. Having an Anthropology degree from Stanford University is reflective of my ability to appreciate all kinds of experiences. I am a good writer, good public speaker and good at synthesizing information.

    Angela D. King

    Qualifiying School:13K282

    Applicant Background

    For the past two year, I served as Chair, School Leadership Team (SLT) at PS/MS 282. I participate in meetings with the school principal, supervisors, teachers, parents and administrators to discuss program curriculum, program progress, and potential modifications to better address aspiring and current school leaders' needs, including development of the CEP. Non-Traditional Employment for Women, New York, NY Organized and conducted career counseling/coaching sessions to enhance students' employability. Conceptualized and implemented a promotional strategy to recruit volunteers throughout New York City. I served as Chair & WINS Community Outreach Program This program benefited the women at Grace Institute. The students are economically disadvantage women of all ages who are studying office administration skills in order to gain economic independence.

    Personal Statement

    The past two years have been a great learning opportunity for me and to actively serve as a member of CEC for District 13. I would like to continue my service because I feel that as a member of the Council I can help to ensure that each child receives a quality education and empower parents to become involved in their children(s) education. As a parent of a small child in the public school system, I am excited to be part of a platform where ordinary parents can have a direct impact on the system that govern the educational process of New York City. I will be a visual presence and source of information for the parents, ensuring that they are aware of the programs available and to educate and pursue dedication, commitment and excellence from everyone. Sharing information and education will be my main goals initially, since I have recognized that a lack of knowledge is no longer an excuse.

    Aris L Norton

    Qualifiying School:13K067

    Applicant Background

    PS 67 PTA President and Financial secretary of district 13 President council

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC to ensure the parents of my community that our children educational needs are not overlooked. I feel that I would be an effective member because I have no hidden agendas. I believe that all the children in district 13 deserve an quality education. I stand for what is right.

    Wendy-Ann Nathalia Small

    Qualifiying School:13K307

    Applicant Background

    I have not participated in any school related activities in this school. I have always wanted to so no i am taking that step. I see that there is a great need for parents like myself to be aware of whats going on in the school system as well as representing their children school. Its like the forbidden voices talking out Education A Must no matter what age, colour or background.

    Personal Statement

    I know i would be a great asset to the council for i have a great love and admiration for EDUCATION , strong will children and parents. I am also a caregiver of four children and education has played a vast part and concern in my head.Homeworks not being done ontime or given in,teachers underpayed, students lacking discipline, school uniform not being worn ( I'm part of that ), and even the school lunch concerns me. These all pay a part in EDUCATION eventhough they are many other parts the Community EducationCouncil play I would be gratified to be apart of this Council.

    Kathryne Lucille Viskup (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:13K009

    Applicant Background

    Class parent at ps9. Held position on condo board of managers serving unit owners.

    Personal Background

    I'd like to help change the attitudes of parents in the way they believe they should be involved in there child's education. I'd also like to help improve the way we educate our children in school.



    Community Education Council - District 14

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    Maureen Dantzler

    Qualifiying School:14K059

    Applicant Background

    I am currently involved with education council. I have sat in on hearrings on building utilizations, conflicts that may arise in a particular school. I am also involed with the iep process with various individuals to help make sure that every one get the proper services allowed to them.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the council because I love giving the information that I receive to all parents who may not know what school, programs or services that are entitled to their child. If I know something that can help make a parents decision on their childs education to make it better my job has been done and I feel good about doing so.

    Celina Dowie-Deonarine

    Qualifiying School:14K318

    Applicant Background

    I have served for over 20 years on various Day Care Councils, School Boards, City Council Panels and PTA Boards. I became involved because my son needed an advocate and I have continued to serve ever since. My son was mislabled as a troubled and difficult student with learning disabilities. The truth was that my son simply needed someone to help him realize his potential and see his dream, My son needed an Advocate and I decided that, that aadvocate would be me since I knew him better than anyone else in the world. My so who almost got lost in the system is now a 2nd year Engineering student at NYU/POLY. Because of my involvement ant the assistance of other parents and advocates my son was able to realize and achieve his dream. Every child deserves the same chance.

    Personal Statement

    My first experience with the New York City Education system came when I migrated from the UK as a child. My HERO was a man named Mr. Mason. Mr. Mason worked at Juan Morel Campos Junior High school and he had a talent for helping lost children find their way. I was one of those lost children and without his belief in me and his tireless dedication to help me discover my potential as a student i would not be the person I am today. I didn't become a teacher but I did become a parent and an Advocate and I have pledge to do my part to help other students like myself and my son find their way and realize their dreams. If re-elected I will do my best to continue to serve with dedication, passion and determination to help every child soar and realize their potention.

    Elaine Baker Manatu

    Qualifiying School:14K318

    Applicant Background

    I am on the Board of Directors of Bushwick Improvement Society Inc. I have also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher in my neighborhood. I am currently a member of the Metro Christian Center (Yogi Bear Sunday School) in Bushwick. Careerwise, I worked in the Mental Retardation field where I was employed for more than 19 years. In this field, I worked in many different capacities. I taught people with special needs. I audited group homes and state developmental centers. I provided recreation for adults with specil needs. I managed a day treatment center and several group homes. I was also a staff trainer.

    Personal Statement

    I've had the pleasure to work with the Community Education Council since the inception of the program. Since I have formally retired from the working world, I have the time to give back. I have the ability to advocate for my children as well as the other children in my community. I want to empower our parents to have a voice in their children's education irregardless of their primary languages, level of education, or religion. Together with the fine educators in our community, we will be able to change the face of education.

    Anna M Martinez

    Qualifiying School:14K132

    Applicant Background

    I am currently on the PTA board at PS132 and have worked directly with the school administration and parents to achieve goals to provide a better foundation for our children. During the year I have worked on Fundraisers steming from Ms. Chocolate, Book Fairs, Halloween Dance, TADA - Annual Spring Gala and Kite Festival. I also volunteer my time when needed within the school in areas that need help.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Communitiy Education Council so that I can make a difference and give back to the community by working with the administration to create policies that will enable the future generation to strive to succeed and get a good education. I feel that I would be an asset to the Community Education Council by bringing my experience in Human Resources (Corporate level) and use those tools to help shape the policies and support my community schools.

    Kenneth Raymond Paneto

    Qualifiying School:14K250

    Applicant Background

    INVOLVED WITH BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, PTA MEMBER FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL.

    Personal Statement

    TO HELP CHILDREN, PARENTS, PRINCIPLES AND TEACHER IN NEED IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. ALSO MY DAUGHTER ATTENDS PUBLIC SCHOOL AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE AND OTHER GET THE SAME EDUCATION.

    Ramon Peguero

    Qualifiying School:14K318

    Applicant Background

    I have been a CEC14 member since the creation of the Community Education Council by the State Legislature. I am proud to say that I was the first ever president of the CEC14, and take pride in feeling that I was one of the individuals called upon to make CEC14 one of the few active CECs left in the City of New York.

    Personal Statement

    As a father of a child in a Distric 14 public School, I feel that it is my duty and responsibility to be as involved as possible in all that deals with my child's education. Being part of the CEC not only allows me to keep abreast of issues that affect my child, it also gives me insight to help other parents navigate the red tape of the Department of Education.

    Tesa C. Wilson

    Qualifiying School:14K318

    Applicant Background

    I have served on CEC 14 for many years. I have held various positions from member to president. I was a learning leader in district 14 and was also involved with a local daycare center. During the recent campain season I went door to door for a local candidate and have been an advisor to my city councilmember. I have advocated on the behalf of this district from City Hall to the State House in Albany. I have worked with children in my past emplyment and have a strong background in volunteer work. I am a chaperone for students who attend the middle school Borough Wide Salute to Music program and regularly attend various school and community events. I also interact with clergy members and the Faith community of this city.

    Personal Statement

    I wish to serve on CEC 14 once again to further the cause of educational equality and to engage parents and the community at large in this effort. I deeply feel that my past experience would allow me to be an effective member and enable me to continue this cause. I have established relationships and contacts within the community and the district that would make me an effective coucil member.



    Community Education Council - District 15

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    John Stasos Battis

    Qualifiying School:15K015

    Applicant Background

    1. I am a co-founder of the Red Hook Playgroup, a parent-cooperative preschool. I was also its first president. 2. I am an active member of Friends of PS-15. 3. I currently am the parent representative on the Shared Space Committee for PS-15. This committee includes members of the charter school co-located with PS-15. 4. Together with another PS-15 parent, I initiated the first legal appeal of a charter school co-location to the State Education Commissioner. Although we lost our appeal, our efforts paved the way for other legal challenges including the one recently won by PS-9. 5. I am a founding member of the Deny the Waiver Coalition which we formed to lead community opposition, and a legal challenge to the appointment of Cathie Black as Chancellor. Our legal case was under review when Ms. Black admitted she had been unprepared and unqualified to be the NYC Chancellor.

    Personal Statement

    From the moment I enrolled by oldest child at PS-15 it was clear to me that parents must be an active force in decision-making at every level of public education. Under the current mayor our collective voice has been marginalized, ridiculed, ignored, and even demonized. I remain optimistic, and energized because I believe that over time, the common wisdom of public educaiton parents will be heard and that our voice of reason and common sense solutions will be valued. I am especially interested in fostering greater communication, cooperation and collective advocacy amongst the parents and schools in District 15.

    Naila Caicedo

    Qualifiying School:15K172

    Applicant Background

    I am a community activst. i am an active member of the Alliance for Quality Education an organization that believes it will take fair funding and smarter spending to support better schools and give every child in New York State a quality education from pre-K to high school graduation. Truly statewide, AQE has active community-based education coalitions in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Capital District (Albany), New York City and Long Island and also serve as a board member of the Latin American International Alliance.

    Personal Statement

    As a bilingual parent of a child in the NYC Public school system I am committed to helping create an education system promotes community development and empowerment. My proactive approach to problem-solving, strong communication skills, diversified network of contacts along with my experience in grassroots mobilization, community organizing and civic engagement can really be an asset to the Community Education Council.

    Jim Devor

    Qualifiying School:15K051

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of he Community Education Council since its inception and in the past,, have served as Secretary and 1st Vice President. Presently , I am its President (the position I have held since July, 2009). Before then, I was Organizational Secretary for the Brooklyn New School PTA.

    Personal Statement

    Because my daughter will be attending Bard High School Early College in September, I am qualified for and seek a position on the Citywide High School Council as a Manhattan representative. If elected to that Council, I would like to focus on the geographically (and racially) discriminatory admissions policies which supposedly (but not actually) maximize "choice" for our children. In addition, I would also like to draw attention to the the perverse (and racially discriminatory) priorities set forth in "fair student student funding" as it is applied to High Schools. At the same time, I remain qualified to participate in CEC-15. As current President of the Council, I believe I have demonstrated both the energy and knowledge to effectively represent the interests of ALL the public school parents and children of our diverse District which includes neighborhoods as different as Red Hook, Boreum Hill, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Gowanus and Kensington. I also thoroughly know what promises have been made to our communities and I have the courage and skills to publicly (and loudly) call out the DOE on those that have not been kept. If given the opportunity by electors, I will continue to do so.

    Jennifer Hunter

    Qualifiying School:15K051

    Applicant Background

    Work background as a psychologist and school psychologist- including with a bilingual Spanish population.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in affecting the way our schools are planned and developed. i am a big supporter of public education but am troubled by the unevenness of the experience that different students have.

    Camille Joseph Varlack

    Qualifiying School:15K447

    Applicant Background

    Member, Board of Managers Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA President, Parents Activity Group, Lefferts Gardens Montessori Member, Kings County Democrats Judicial Screening Committee

    Personal Statement

    I am not a product of the NYC School System. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, I grew up in Rochester, NY. I moved to New York in 1999 and other than pre-school and Kindergarten, my daughter and my niece (for whom I have served as guardian for the past two years), who both attend middle school, have attended New York City Public Schools. My son, who is 4, will be attending a NYC public school in Fall 2011. I am passionate about children and about education. I believe that every child deserves and can have an excellent public education in NY. I am very involved in my community and consider myself a public servant. I believe my demonstrated commitment to helping others; tangible experience as an involved parent of children attending NYC schools; and leadership abilities will serve me well on the council. I am a creative thinker, hard worker and a team player who is not afraid to take on responsibilities or make decisions when the need arises. In this incredibly diverse city I am at home, working side by side with individuals from different backgrounds and varying mindsets. The best way to make effective change is to get involved. I am not content to merely sit on the side and raise issues. I want to help create solutions. Thank you

    Meshele Love

    Qualifiying School:15K010

    Applicant Background

    While my son was attending family group daycare, I volunteered to be a Parent Advocate for the parents of children who attended Brooklyn Catholic Charities family group daycare. My role was to be a voice for the parents and address issues that they felt was important to address. I attended monthly meetings and kept in contact with the parents. Since then I have always been a strong advocate for my child and I feel that this experience would serve me well as a community/citywide council member.

    Personal Statement

    While my son was attending family group daycare, I volunteered to be a Parent Advocate for the parents of children who attended Brooklyn Catholic Charities family group daycare. My role was to be a voice for the parents and address issues that they felt was important to address. I attended monthly meetings and kept in contact with the parents. Since then I have always been a strong advocate for my child and I feel that this experience would serve me well as a community/citywide council member.

    Kima Mondesir

    Qualifiying School:15K010

    Applicant Background

    I have worked for NYC authorized Early Child Development Program, Putnam Child Development Center for four years ranging from 2004 -2008. Since then I have work for a Patty's Group family Day Care. They are also licensed by New York State. I participate with the daily program including educational training of children ages 6 months to 12 years. I was also a member of the Achievement First Charter School Parent Teacher Association when my child attended their from 2008 to February 2011.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I am a great advocate for parent and community outreach. My goal is to get more parents involved in their children's education and the community in witch we reside in. New laws, rules and guidelines are being developed every year and it is important for us as parents to stay informed and speak for what benefits our children as well as our community. I feel that the Community Education Council is a great stepping stone in this cause and I would be honored to be apart of it.

    Lisa E Nelson-Rivera

    Qualifiying School:15K429* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 31R049)

    Applicant Background

    SAT/Math Informational Sessions within the school and or Computers for Youth Informational session, conferences or sessions that will further help me help my son with schoolwork, homework, study skills, etc.

    Personal Statement

    Do not know what it is about, yet. But I feel it would be beneficial to both my son and I to learn anything further that may help us both in any way. Or perhaps me helping others if I can be beneficial in some way, but mostly to gain insight and knowledge to what is happening in our school system and how I can help my son.

    Rachel Porter

    Qualifiying School:15K261

    Applicant Background

    I have worked in public policy, primarily as a social science researcher for about 20 years, always in non-profit organizations. Most of that work has been in criminal and civil justice. Since becoming a public school parent I have been very involved in school activities including being a class parent, fundraising, garden development and attention to discipline procedures. I plan to be trained next month as a Learning Leader. I have volunteered extensively and have also supervised volunteers.

    Personal Statement

    I believe in connecting my family's and school's experiences with relevant policy areas. As a social scientist, I believe in assessing efficacy using measures that are as objective as possible, but which remain connected to the daily demands and achievements of individual schools and classrooms. I believe strongly in the insight of varying perspectives and the mandate that all children receive a strong education, and I think I am thoughtful and pushy enough to examine how New York City's schools meet and fail to meet the challenges that face us.

    Valerie Price Ervin

    Qualifiying School:15K447

    Applicant Background

    I am current serving my 2nd term as CEC15 board member in Brooklyn, NY. I've been involved in my son's education through school activities, programs and community outreach efforts since he began school. During his elementary school days, I served on the SLT, PTA Co-President (1 yr), PTA Executive Board member, the school's Diversity Committee, and participated in as many classroom programs/activities as possible. My son is now in middle school and I continue to serve as a SLT member. From a community perspective, my church is involved in outreach efforts as well and we/I look to combine our interest with local school efforts and initiatives.

    Personal Statement

    Education is a "family" affair inside and outside the household. I've learned that it indeed takes a "village to raise" our children. My translation is in order for one child to gain access to quality education, choices, & support system deserved, it takes action from various perspectives. Sometimes we don't get involved until something effects our own children or someone close to us. Proactiveness, doing, listening, providing as much info as possible to parents and opportunities for us to be heard is a responsibility for CEC's. I want to continue to server because these is still so much to do. Continuing CEC members & new parents can continue the work. This is the real "empowering of the parents".

    Lara Wechsler

    Qualifiying School:15K230

    Applicant Background

    My son is in 2nd grade in the Gifted and Talented program at PS 230 so I have some specific experience with that student population.

    Personal Statement

    The direction public education has been going is widening the gap between the haves and have-nots. The "haves" are children who have parents/caregivers that care and have the time to give help with their children's education, the "have-nots" are children whose parents/caregivers either do not care and or do not have the time to help with their children's education. It is our duty as citizens to figure out how to close this gap, to be able to balance our own interest for our specific children with that of all children who deserve an equal opportunity to a great education. In thinking in terms of what is best for public education, especially the early grades (what starts the foundation of a child's educational habits) but also throughout, it is good to think in terms of the least well off. One instance of the least well of is a child of high intelligence born into a low income situation that is also a have-not as explained above. How do we ensure to the best we can, that that child has an equal opportunity to a great education. I feel my background in philosophy as well as the thought I have put into public education would be an asset to the Community Education Council.

    Janet AnnMarie Williams

    Qualifiying School:15K429

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved with the Community Education Council (15) for 3 years. I have participated by working as a team member in shaping educational policies in District 15:Approving zoning lines;Having an Annual Share Fair in which I am one of the facilitators';Visiting Schools in the District;Discussing issues that affects our children and parents .Holding Hearings on the Capital Plan and having experts on hand to explain and answer questions;Worked closely with our Superintendent ;Participated in the Principals" Forum for Middle School.As a CEC15 Member ,I am always open to assist parents and

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue to serve as a Community Education Council Member.I have gained valuable experience in the last 3 years.I am a team "Player" and am open to learn new ideas and techniques .I love our schools and will continue to search for ways in making improvements by workinfg with Our Parents ,Students and the Department of Education.



    Community Education Council - District 16

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    Felicia Patricia Alexander

    Qualifiying School:16K262

    Applicant Background

    I am the school treasurer for the 2010/2011 school year and I am running again for the upcoming school year. I am the cub master of cub scout troop 262 for the 2010/2011 year also. I volunteer in the school in any way I can to help them provide my child with the best education. My son was speech delayed and I have learned from the therapists how to help him advance in school. I am involved in fund raising for the school and organizing activities for the children. I am a stay at home mother of 4 kids and their education is my priority.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a council to be involved with decisions affecting my children in their schools. I would like to be in a position to show other young parents that they can get involved. My biggest concern is lack of parental involvement in the education of our children. Our voices need to be heard and our community needs to be involved. I am a stay at home mother of 4 young children and I want them to succeed at whatever they choose to be in life but I know they need not just my support but that of the community and education system. I don't know if I can make a difference but I would love the opportunity to try.

    Janis P. Gibbs

    Qualifiying School:16K267* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 20K505)

    Applicant Background

    I've volunteered and worked extensively in the New York City Public Schools as an elected official on the Parents Association, Parent Teachers Association, New York City School Leadership Teams. New York City Urban League (Volunteer), I was an Advocate for small classes on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and a member and volunteer on the United Parents Association, Inc or org. I served the General Population which consisted of all constituents in my diverse school community background, I've worked in elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    Personal Statement

    I'd like to serve on the Community Education Council because it has always been my goal (passion, drive and purpose) to be a part of the New York City Education system to help improve our schools and community as a whole. I would be an effective leader because in the past I've held leadership positions and have advocated for a more better and quality education for students. In addition to this I know that it is my responsibility to recruit and get parents involved and to help parents to learn about their child education to improve the parents knowledge about how to navigate the NYC School system. As a council member I would be able to better serve my constituents and council member with the knowledge and skills gained as an leader on all levels.

    Mary Elizabeth Jackson

    Qualifiying School:16K308

    Applicant Background

    Parent Teacher Association

    Personal Statement

    To learn and have a voice in the advancement as well as the community involvement of the education of our children.

    Jacquel Macklin

    Qualifiying School:16K021

    Applicant Background

    I was Prepatory Provisional Teacher for NYC public schools. I also participate in PS 21's PTA and I am a member of the Parent Team at my pre-school age child's school.

    Personal Statement

    Having previously worked for the Board of Education, I have some knowledge of this system. In addition, I am a parent of a child that is currently in the public school system and I want nothing more than for her and other children within this education system to receive The Best education. Parent support is critical to a thriving school community, and I am eager to be an integral part of a team that will assist in strengthening educational standards, achieving desired objectives, and implement programs to create a winning tradition of overall academic excellence. With my background, experience, leadership skills, and dedication to quality education, I am prepared to make a commitment to the Community Education Council.

    Ticarrah Poole

    Qualifiying School:16K267

    Applicant Background

    former PTA parent and Learning Leader at 297

    Personal Statement

    I am a parent who takes my child's education very serious.



    Community Education Council - District 17

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    Cassandra M. Alston Townsley

    Qualifiying School:17K590

    Applicant Background

    Community Education Council (CEC) District 13; Member Townsley's Oratory Group~Voices of Youth; Founder/CEO St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church; First Lady, Soloist Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, PTA; Member NAACP-Brooklyn Branch; Vice Chair Education Committee, Member Martin Luther King Commissions; Member New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union; Member American Postal Workers Union; Member High School Admissions Ambassador, Certificate June, 2010 Citizens Police Academy, Certificate June, 2010

    Personal Statement

    I am passionate about the children and their education. I come with experience and ideas. I am ready to work.

    Mechelle Brunson

    Qualifiying School:17K382

    Applicant Background

    I have served as PTA Pesident at PS 397, President of the Presidents council for District 17& District 17's rep to the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council. President of the Community Education Council for the past 2 years.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue to serve the students and families of District 17 in an effort to address the issues and concerns of the district. I believe that education is the responsibility of the entire community. Bringing together elected officials, clergy, business owners and community residents will help to address the issues and concerns of our students and their families. I think the CEC is in the position to help make these realtionships work for the betterment of our education system.

    Macdal Charles

    Qualifiying School:17K138

    Applicant Background

    I have worked in community board 2 of queens as an intern and loved working there because what I did there benefited the people of the community. As an intern part of my responsibilities were to solve complaints that concerns the community Queens Board 2 served, to reassure that all board members informed with current problematic events and when meetings were taken place. As a part time Karate Instructor I also work with kids 5 years to 18 years old and part of our training regiment is also to shape ourselves to become great peers and role models to society.

    Personal Statement

    It felt good to see the people I met that lived in the community felt safe to know that they're concerns where being addressed and problems which hurt the community was dealt with. I want to be part of a council that helps the communities grows and the children are also the future of every community.

    Betsy Dabney

    Qualifiying School:17K061* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 17K600)

    Applicant Background

    N/A

    Personal Statement

    To be an advocate for the children and parents in my community.

    Amina DeLeon

    Qualifiying School:17K022

    Applicant Background

    Greetings. I have used my voice and experience to advocate for students over the past 15 years. Currently I am a health professional and my specialty is Pediatrics. I have served on student organization committees as a supportive member and chairperson. I have mentored young people on a faith based committee.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in being an effective team member advocating for children and their families in public school. I want all children to have the best possible education. I realize that the ability to improve the school systems begins with community involvement. I believe parents need a CEC that values the importance of a collective team effort with educators. As a CEC member I plan to promote the healthy development of children. We need schools that encourage involvement of families and communities. Families want to participate. " Teachers and students need parents' involvement. " "It's a two-way street that will lead our children to happiness and success."

    Shirley Dor

    Qualifiying School:17K241

    Applicant Background

    I was the Secretary on the PTA for Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration. I was elected to serve on the Community Education Council District 17 during the 2009 - 2011 term, wherein I served as Recording Secretary and presently serve as Parliamentarian.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue the hard work that I have done in District 17.

    Tracia Natasha Gill

    Qualifiying School:17K289

    Applicant Background

    I am the chairperson of the school leadership team at P.S 289, In the past I served on the CEC as President and as Recording Secretary and I have also served prior as PTA President at P.S 289 So I have experience in this field

    Personal Statement

    I want to make a difference in my community and also in the general education system as a whole. I have seen lots of things that needs changing in the system and if I can be part of the change it would be my pleasure. I also love volunteering because it encourages my kids to do better and I love to do it.

    Charmaine Griffith

    Qualifiying School:17K061

    Applicant Background

    i am a volunteer learning leader and i have sat on the Middle school leadership team. I am currently the chairperson for communications on the community edcation council,my role as chairman is disseminate the new'letter's throughout the school's and the community,and to inform parent's group's,media, of all meetings and events, I have experience in general education where I assisteded teacher's in the classroom,I also was a shaparone for many field trips.

    Personal Statement

    The reason why I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because of my passion for students and parents and the Challenge's, hardwork that come my way.Through my experience,Committment serving on Community Education Council 17 which had motivated me to work even harder to the best of my ability .I feel I would be effective because for the last six year's my loyalty to the students,parents and Community Education Council 17 and making sure the position I was elected for will be done to the best of my ability.

    Patricia Heron-Lawrence

    Qualifiying School:17K334

    Applicant Background

    I am a member of District 17 CEC Also a Learning Leader

    Personal Statement

    Good Day All, Let me start by saying; I am a great believer in given back. Giving back to my community is an ultimate goal. Perhaps this act of volunteer services will help student achieve the quality of education they deserve, and can make a difference in the life of a child.

    Nicole A. Job

    Qualifiying School:17K006

    Applicant Background

    I am the P.T.A President of P.S. 6. I advocate and empower parents and guardians with knowledge and their rights. As a Learning Leader, and also a SLT member my experience as a volunteer allows me to hone in on giving back. It's a joy helping and working with children of various ages. I encourage parents and guardians to volunteer more and become involved in their children school. It's a joy at the end of the year to plan activities for parents and students. One big accomplishment that the PTA has started is the End of the Year Celebration. Annually this event will be held to show appreciation to parents, children, and staff for all the hard work that they've done to promote a productive school year. Certificates are given to everyone who support students, teachers, and the classroom. I've also had the opportunity of sitting on Special Education committees once a week where I've gained additional knowledge on IEP'. With this I am able to provide resources to parents who are in need of additional information. In addion, I've had the opportunity to serve on President's Council as a VP. I am learning everyday and intend to learn more.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be involved in the process responsible for promoting the achievement of educational standards and objectives relating to the instruction of students. As a member of CEC17, I would play an effective role because of my past experience as an advocate for parents / guardians of District 17, as well as the district itself to the Chancellor and Panel on Educational Policy.

    Nikiesha London-Sylvester

    Qualifiying School:17K340

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a member of the Citywide Council on Special Education for the current school year (2010-2011). Prior to this, I have served as a parent member of the PTA and SLT of my son's school. I have also served as treasurer of the PTA at my younger son's school. These activities have propelled me to be an advocate for them and for other students as well.

    Personal Statement

    I am currently an elected member of the Citywide Council on Special Education. This was a newly appointed council whose members have only served 1 term in office. As such, I feel that we have put forth a valient effort to service the needs of all our special children especially those who are our most vulnerable. If given the opportunity, I wish to continue to serve the community in hopes to give these children and their parents/advocates a voice. I have been and will continue to be an advocate for my son's education. I wish to be able to continue to enhance my knowledge of special needs services as well as to contintue to serve on the CCSE.

    Victoria Essie Milton

    Qualifiying School:17K398

    Applicant Background

    None.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to better the community and help the children with their problems.I would be effective because I love children and love helping people.

    Lisa Juanita Ramsay

    Qualifiying School:17K246* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 21K540)

    Applicant Background

    I HAVE BEEN A PTA PRESIDENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I HAVE ALSO BEEN A LEARNING LEADERS AND I HAVE BEEN ALSO INVOLVED IN MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE BOARD OF ED. I AM NOW ALSO CURRENTLY ON THE CEC 17, I AM THE 2ND VICE PRESIDENT.

    Personal Statement

    I WANT TO CONTINUE SERVING ON THE CEC 17 CAUSE I LOVE HELPING MY COMMUNITY AND I LOVE WORKING WITH THE CHILDREN. BEING A COMMUNITY OUTREACH PERSON YOU LEARN A LOT AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO LEARN AND GROW .

    Natasha Welsh

    Qualifiying School:17K289

    Applicant Background

    I am and still is today a Learning Leader of District 17 and love every minute minute of helping a student.

    Personal Statement

    I fell that I will be effective on the Community Education Council because I am a very involved parent in the community. As a former P.A.C. Chairperson, Vice President and also Treasurer on the P.A. it is something that I love to do, (helping). And in anyway that I can assist towards our childrens education you can count on me. Thank you.

    Marvin V Wheeler III

    Qualifiying School:17K138

    Applicant Background

    Parent Volunteer PS 399 Learning Leaders PAC Chairperson PAC Rep District 17 CPAC VP City-Wide VP Block Association Special Education Chairperson Current District 17 CEC Tresurer CEC 17 PTA President PS 399 SLT PS 399 CoChairperson SLT PS 191 Parent Member

    Personal Statement

    This is my 16th year volunteering in my community school. I continue to fight for the right of parent and children all over I had a lot of issues with DOE policy. They keep changing I take the time to train parent and be there advocate so they can lead the battle in the future.

    Annmarie Marlyn Williams

    Qualifiying School:17K340

    Applicant Background

    I am on the School Leadership team, Learning Leader. PTA President, former President of D17 Presidents' Council. I sat on the Chancellors parent Advisory Council (CPAC) and on the District 17 Leadership team as the parent member.

    Personal Statement

    I am Ann-Marie Williams a parent of two students in District 17. I would like to serve on District 17 Community Education Council because I want to make a difference for our children in District 17 and our Community. I want to continue advocating for our children and their parent. I believe that all children deserved the best education possible. After serving as a PTA President and President of Presidents' Council I know I can be effective because I see the needs of our families in District 17.

    Kenneth H. Wright

    Qualifiying School:17K138

    Applicant Background

    CURRENTLY PTA PRESIDENT MS 354 SCHOOL OF INTERGRATED LEARNING, ALSO CORRESPONDING SECTRETARY OF DISTRICT 17 PRESIDENTS COUNCIL.

    Personal Statement

    I WOULD BE EFFECTIVE IN ENHANCING THE OVERAL OPERATION OF THE CEC BY A COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO PRESENT A POSITION THAT DIRECTLY SPEAKS TO IMPROVING CURRENT PARENT INVOLVEMENT, IMPORVING FATHER (MALE) IN THE EDUCATION PROCESS, IMPROVING START-UP OPERATION FOR NEW AND EXISITING PTA/PA.



    Community Education Council - District 18

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    Andrea Aaron

    Qualifiying School:18K276

    Applicant Background

    I have attended many of the school trips I have severved as the pta/pa secretary. I have served as class parent, for the 3rd or 4th grade. currently an slt member

    Personal Statement

    I feel very strongly about the enducation of not just my children,but all the children,in the community. I am a very caring individual who believes that children needs care and nuturing no matterwho they are. I encourage my children to enter potery contests, drawing contest and other things that is sent out by the school. I encourage the children in the same classes as my childrean, because i get to see them more often, to be respectful, to take school seriously, and also to be an encouragement to other students. My daughter said to me about a month ago that she had a classmate whose penmanship was not too great, and that made her classmate very upset. I encouraged my daughter to find a way to help her classmate, and we also together came up with some ways to help her classmate improve her penmanship. This not only encourged her classmate,but it helped my daughter to feel special. To sum this up in regards to why want to serve on a community Education Council, is that I firmly believe in our school's pta motto " iT TAKES A VILLAGE"

    Rachelle Lisa Auguste

    Qualifiying School:18K581

    Applicant Background

    I have served as PTA Treasurer from September 2010-present.

    Personal Statement

    I would like the opportunity to serve my community by being part of an organization that is dedicated to the needs of the children within the public school system. By joining the Community Education Council I would be effective in any and all capacities by following policies and procedures within the CEC. I look forward to learning more about the CEC and how it operates. In addition, I would like to provide some new and innovative ideas that would allow positive transitions within the CEC organization. I am truly excited about the opportunity to be a part of an organization that deals with the decisions made within the school's district.

    James A. Dandridge

    Qualifiying School:18K366

    Applicant Background

    School Leadership Team Community Education Council Bildersee Beacon Advisory Board Winthrop Beacon Advisory Board District 18 Track and Field District 18 Basketball

    Personal Statement

    I server to give back to the community through time and attendance at meeting's where parent volunteers are needed to providde help and assistance for our children.

    Sonia Fordewhite

    Qualifiying School:18K272

    Applicant Background

    Previous school nurse, involved in various nursing organizations and very involved in my son's educational process that is somewhat challenging

    Personal Statement

    I am sure my educational and professional background , and my experience in working with school personnel in the best interest of my child allowed me to see how difficult the system can be, and I feel I would be an assest to help parents who are wiling and looking for the best for their children.

    Aneka Hendy

    Qualifiying School:18K244

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a student in Long Island University's Master of Social Work program. I previously worked for the past eight years with at risk youth and families in various educational capacities ranging from education to counseling. The previous two years I worked as both a parent educator/advocate in an elementary school in Hartford, Ct. and as a parent faculty in the Lend program at the UCONN center for developmental disabilites. I am also a parent of a five year old child with an autism spectrum disorder.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be on the CEC board because I want to be part of the change that I want to see in education. I am currently taking both a policy and a community organizing class. I attended the district 18 March meeting and I was inspired to become more involved in my community. I am very passionate about education and I feel that families need a voice that they sometimes aren't aware that they have. I feel that I can be effective because I am willing to admit that I don't know everything and am willing to learn.

    Myriam-Skye Holly

    Qualifiying School:18K279

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in various volunteer opportunities at my son's elementary school, such as the school's Career Day or Parents As Learning Partners. This past fall, I made a presentation and had a question and answer session with the school's newspaper club. I was there to give them reporting tips and describe what it was like to write for a local paper. Some years ago, I volunteered with the Speech Department to facilitate poetry workshops to fifth grade students serviced by the school's Speech Department. I currently volunteer at an elementary school in Queens, also facilitating poetry workshops.

    Personal Statement

    I learned of the Community Education Councils on assignment from the editor at the local paper I write for. I was not aware that a group of residents in our district were getting together to exchange information and work progressively for the betterment of public education. Having come out of the public school system, I can attest to the disappointments or disenchantment that come with the position. To serve on a Community Education Council would be my way of focusing on one issue, one at a time (through school or through a district) in order to free the rest of the individuals in various offices a clearer route to walk through. I want to listen to those who have not used their voices to be heard. I want to find out what our schools need and help them discover the avenues by which what they need might be addressed. I want to advocate for students and their families.

    Eusebio Hooke

    Qualifiying School:18K115

    Applicant Background

    Currently a member of CEC in district 18, I am the laison for PS 114 and PS 115.

    Personal Statement

    To continue my efforts and support of informing parents, school staff and the community about important changes that affect the students in the schools and the neighborhood.

    Alison John-Williams

    Qualifiying School:18K235

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in previous community education activities for example sports day and community summer programs.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council in order to assist parents in become more empowered about their children's education.

    Rhonda Francine Joseph

    Qualifiying School:18K268

    Applicant Background

    I am currently serving as the 1st Vice President for CEC D-18. I Chair the Special Projects & District Events Committee on the Council. I am currently serving as the PA President to PS 268 parent body which allowed me to be elected as the VP to President's Council for D-18. I am currently sitting as a member of Community Board 17 Education Committee and I sit on the Advisry Board of Sesame Flyers Beacon Program.

    Personal Statement

    The current school year has expanded my insight and experiences into the inner workings or disfunctions of the NYC School system. While larning this year, implementation of change was extremly hard to initiate if you dont really know what need to change and what avenues are at your disposal to make impactful, maeningful strides. Continuing my tenure on the CEC would allow for such knowledge to be utilized and hopefully open more opprotunites for community input, collaboration and improvements, I look forward to the work ahead.

    Dwan Sarita Morgan-Chisholm

    Qualifiying School:18K581

    Applicant Background

    Parent Coordinator for early intervention Member of PTA Executive committee member for 1199 chic care fund

    Personal Statement

    I am applying at the encouragement of Mrs. Johnson, the parent coordinator at my daughter's middle school. When my daughter was younger i had the opportunity to work with the committee on special education. At the time my daughter was receiving early intervention services. I had the opportunity to sit on team meetings as an advocate with parents on behalf of their children recommended for services. It was an awesome an rewarding opportunity for me to develop my advocacy and communication skills. I welcome the opportunity to be a voice with parents on behalf of the children of district 18 who are our future.

    Cherry R Phillip Sr.

    Qualifiying School:18K068

    Applicant Background

    I am presently a member of CDEC 18, member of the Education Committee of the NAACP, Brooklyn Branch, Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board 5, an RSVP Ambassador of Community Service Society, Chairperson of Parents in Partnership Network and a member of the Shirley Chisholan Celebration Ctte 2012. I would add that I held the position of Secretary of the Community Advisory Board, Susan Smith-McKinney rehabilitation Ctte, and many offices of PTAs.

    Personal Statement

    I consider myself a people's person... one who relates to another in a positive manner, regardless of circumstances. To be a member of the Council, will permit me to serve as a vehicle to express the concerns of parents, and the community as a whole; to champion their just causes, and to be part of the overall processes seeking improved safety and education for the children in District 18. It is my position that parents must actively participate in their children's education if the system is to be successful.

    Simon Peter Pinder

    Qualifiying School:18K366

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    As stated above, I have always been involved in the development of youths. I have served as Vice President of PS 272, I was as a member of the School Leadership Team at PS 272, and also served on the CEC while my son was attending this school

    Jamillah Reed Boothe

    Qualifiying School:18K115

    Applicant Background

    I have worked as a substitute teacher for Paulding County, GA from 2007 until 2010.I covered all age ranges as well as subjects. I also co- taught classes for Special Ed including emotional, learning and physical disabled. I then transitioned to a Supply/Long term sub for 2010 as a Business teacher for 9-12. I resigned from the county upon relocating in Dec 2010 from the postion of full time Paraprofessional serving as the In School suspension teacher for junior high school

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on a Community Education Council because I do believe that I can be an asset. Besides my specific student based experience, I have four children that I have raised/am raising ranging in ages from 20-5 and they have all been a part of the NYC School System as well as Paulding County, GA. I am fully vested in my childrens' education and have had to personally deal with my own childs' IEP scenario. I am very cognizant, and now appreciative of the difference between this school system and others and would like to participate in the effort to continuously improve it.

    Carlton Richardson

    Qualifiying School:18K366

    Applicant Background

    I, Carlton Richardson have serve on the following organizations: 1. Community Education Counsel District 18 July 2009 to prsent 2. MS 366 School Leadership Team September 2010 to present 3. Commander American Legion Post 573 May 2010 to present

    Personal Statement

    I, Carlton Richardson want to serve on the Region 6 District 18 Community Education Council. I would be a great addition to the board. I am team player and I work well with people. I attend the monthly meetings of the CEC 18. I treat all people with respect, whether I agree with them or not. My position as Commander of the American Legion Post 573 gives me the opportunity to work with politicians, community leaders, and the 69th Police Precinct in the Canarsie Section of Brooklyn. I served on the PS 279 Parent Teacher Association for two years. I also served on the PS 279 Student Leadership Team for three years. My experience with the community would help the CEC 18 board stay in better touch with parents and teachers needs. My goals are to create a safe environment for the children to learn and the teachers to teach. To help the CEC 18 get more parents involved. To create an information highway for the parents and to solve all their problems within the regulations and the law.

    Kimbleanna Rebecca Sumair-Kirton

    Qualifiying School:18K068

    Applicant Background

    Currently I serve as the 2nd Vice president on Community District Education Council 18. I have and will continue to work with the 67th and 69th precinct's Community Affairs Council. My eldest son was classified as a child needing services, i.e. speech, physical and occupational therapy. That allowed to work along side great teachers and help him as well as others overcome many hurdles, socially and academically.

    Personal Statement

    Over the years, I have gotten a BETTER understanding of the Special Education curriculum. This has enabled me to help parents to support their children and make exponential progress in their academic careers. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren, my goal is to aid in ensuring that ALL children receive the best education available. I believe that in order for a child to perform at their best, we must first supply them with an environment conducive to learning. By catering to their needs as young humans who need to feel safe and nurtured, in conjunction with supplying them with as many resources as possible, we can achieve academic success.



    Community Education Council - District 19

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    Kathleen Boatwright

    Qualifiying School:19K166

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    making an impact on childrens lives has always been important. Bringing about chagnes that I can see when it comes to improvement is something that I feel that I can take part in by becoming part of the council. As a parent I disagee with a lot of things I see happening in the school system and I somtimes feel that a lot of paretns have no voice . Instead of becoming angry about it things I can not change I decided to become a part of a group that has the power to make a change, not only for my child but for other children as well.

    Kobir Ahmed Chowdhury

    Qualifiying School:19K214

    Applicant Background

    Hi- My name is Kobir Chowdhury and I am a proud father of Tawsif, Tahsina, Tamima and our newest addition Tawhid. My wife (Fahima) and I are dedicated to make sure we do everything in our power to provide healthy food, safe environment and American Quality Education for our children. I have served on SLT & PTA at P.S 214 prior to becoming a Community Education Council member of District 19 in 2009. During the last election parents, teachers and administrators of surrounding schools (i.e. P.S 214, P.S 159, and I.S. 218) thought my leadership at school level needed to expand to influence leaderships at District level. I strongly believe weather at Home, In School or more importantly at the District Level WE the PARENTS makes all the DIFFERENCES. I consider myself a "parent advocate" for our children. I was elected President of CEC (executive board) by elected council members and I was very proud of representing district 19 as your President City wide. If given the opportunity, I would continue to do so with your support, help and partnerships as a CEC member. On my watch, it has always been about our children, it is always about our children and it would always be about our children.

    Personal Statement

    Many of you know that giving up quickly or switch gears on issues wouldn't affect our day to day lives is easy. Honestly that thought have crossed my mind many times. But knowing what I didn't two years ago about school closures, charter co-locations, budgets cuts, budget allocations & priorities, SLT effectiveness, importance of CEP and parent involvements policy that affects our children and schools alike. Our children are not reading/writing at grade level or efficient. It would be selfish to just walk away from these very serious issues that affect our children directly and indirectly today, tomorrow and in Future. NYC DOE, Politicians or Government will NOT FIX our problems at our schools. So my dear parents and parent leaders, YOU & I = US must improve Education for OUR children. “Economy, Politic and time pass us by but our quality of education and standard of living doesn't improve in District 19”. We must not leave our children vulnerable to FAIL until we provide 21st century standard education, college readiness with skills/training to be prepared to compete for American job in the market place. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's get involved, let's get ready, let's VOTE and motivate others to Vote.

    Christopher lamar Glover

    Qualifiying School:19K007

    Applicant Background

    On my block I run scoial programs for the neigobor hood children, ie. Sports, reading activies, math games and community outtings.

    Personal Statement

    I grew up and queens and have attented Elementry, Jr High and High School in district 29 for my eduaction, and Now having a child myself. I feel it's important for me to do my best to help give back to my community. In my neigoborhood, a lot of my friends also have children growing up here and I feel that i can be their voice and relay on to the system what we need for our children to grow and be susscful in the future.

    Shamona Elease Kirkland

    Qualifiying School:19K171

    Applicant Background

    I have advocated in the community on behalf of education reform. I have gone to Panel of Education policy hearings and spoke to the Department of Education, to address issues with the educational system in NYC. I have also been to community meeting with other parent to speak to local officials to also give them our opinions and hear their stance on the changes that need to be made in our educational system, and how we can work together to make those changes. i have communicated and organized meeting with fellow parents to discuss our concerns and the needs of our children and things that are affecting their educational growth.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the Community Education Council, so that I can have the opportunity to be more involved in helping to make the changes needed in educating my children, as well as the other children in my community and state. I believe that every child deserves a quality education and the opportunity to schools, educators and city official who take a special interest in making that happen. I feel I will be effective at community the need for change, because of my experiences in education, education policies and the people involve. I am a parent so I am connected personally to the mission. Having grown up in brooklyn I have seen some of my peers struggle with lack support in school.

    Patricia A Owens

    Qualifiying School:19K364

    Applicant Background

    I'm currently on the C.E.C for District 19. I'm also on the SLT and the chairperson on P.A.C I also volunteer every week in my children school.

    Personal Statement

    I love being on the CEC. I feel it is important for me to be involved on this council. Being on the council give me the oppurtunity to speak for the parents who cannot. I want to be on the council again because being able to hear all the plans the DOE has for my district is important. Being a parent , I feel bieng the voice for our parents and children is very important. I'm a parent who want change in my district feel and I being on the CEC will help show parents that change is our distrcit will be postive for all our chldren.

    Erica Perez

    Qualifiying School:19K345

    Applicant Background

    I am presently on the School Leadership Team at the Raphael Cordero school, I.S.302, in District 19 and a very active member of the Parent Association. I am also a parent volunteer in the school. At the Robert Bolden school, P.S.345, I am the vice chair of the Parent Advisory Council. Another one of my passions are educational reform and being an educational advocate. I am an active member of Cypress Hills Advocates for Education (C.H.A.F.E) for the past two years. C.H.A.F.E, in association with the Coalition for Educational Justice, has been instrumental in securing ten million dollars in Academic Intervention services this year. I also attend St.Lydia's Episcopal Church in East New York.

    Personal Statement

    When I look at children, I see the future. I would love to serve on the CEC because I feel that I can be an effective parent leader for this community.I attend any meetings that I feel would be beneficial to myself as well as other parents.Sharing information about our children's education not only empowers us, as parents, but it enables our children to be able to reach their full potential, more successfully. By working collaboratively with the schools and community based organizations,we can only move forward. Having a child with special needs, I am more receptive to the needs and services that are necessary for these children to be able to thrive and succeed. Knowldege is our most important defense in being able to proggress. As a parent representative, I would keep everyone as informed as I am, to ensure our children's success.



    Community Education Council - District 20

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    Yin Ping Cheng

    Qualifiying School:20K205

    Applicant Background

    Current Community Education Council member (2009-2011) Gifted & Talented Committee In addition to being a CEC member, I have been very active in the community in the past 2 years. I have been serving as a liaison to both non english speaking parents and schools with any education issues.

    Personal Statement

    After having served on the CEC for the past 2 years, I have found the experience to be very fullfilling and rewarding to help out in the community and our schools. I love being around all the children and see all the wonderful things that are going on. I would like to have the opportunity to continue serving on the Community Education Council (CEC) to complete the work we have started.

    Jeremy Richard Del Rio, Esq.

    Qualifiying School:20K102

    Applicant Background

    PS 102 Parent Leader (since ‘09) ? Classroom tutor for ESL students ? Co-founder & architect of online journalism club (http://journalismstars.wordpress.com) ? Initiator & coordinator of the PS 102 Mural (http://ps102mural.wordpress.com) Co-founder/ED, 20/20 Vision for Schools (since ‘08) ? Mobilize stakeholders to engage educational inequity; conceived 20/20's school engagement paradigm; spokesperson. ? Outcomes: 195 school adoptions; academic enrichment; correlated student achievement; mentor/mentees; public art & more. Founder & Pres, Community Solutions Consulting Services (since 2000) ? Specialties: holistic youth & community development, community relations, new media, & youth culture. Services include: strategic planning, program design, executive coaching, & advocacy. Co-founder/ED, Community Solutions, Inc. (96-06) ? Without start-up money, space, equipment, or paid staff, led teams of low-income teens to launch and operate two lower Manhattan youth centers; served up to 500 youth a year with after school and summer programs, including: academic enrichment, sports, arts, character & leadership formation.

    Personal Statement

    My life passions - youth, New York City, and justice - converge at education reform. The dream of restoring the promise of public schools for all students regardless of where they live or economic status inspires me everyday to engage as a concerned parent at PS 102; as director of 20/20 Vision for Schools; as a professor and strategist. Serving on a Community Education Council will provide a platform to support not only the schools my children attend, but also the larger community, particularly my low-income and immigrant neighbors. I define my life mission as “empowering people to achieve their dreams and transform their culture and communities,” and have translated that calling into a career that cultivates character and competence through holistic youth and community development. As a consultant, I advise business leaders and non-profits on education reform, social justice, and community engagement. I have founded and led five NYC youth organizations since age 19; worked as an attorney at a major NYC law firm; led relief efforts following 9/11; trained leaders; and written extensively on leadership, youth culture, and social justice. These skills and a lifetime of service I humbly offer the Community Education Council.

    Dina Gangemi

    Qualifiying School:20K185

    Applicant Background

    N/A

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the CEC now for 4 years. I feel our children need a voice and that is what we are here for.

    Jose Antonio Herrera

    Qualifiying School:20K247* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K744)

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in advocating for Coney Island prep charter school which is the first and only Charter school in District 21. I have participated in activities such as: · Establishing a phone bank and placing calls in an effort to raise awareness of issues directly affecting charter schools. · Organizing and gathering parents to fill out petitions and to advocate at public hearings · Testifying at public hearings and speaking with members of the press · Setting up and attending meetings with local Council members and Assemblyman in district 21 · Written correspondence with lawmakers in Albany

    Personal Statement

    As a student who has attended public school from kindergarten through high school in District 21 and as a parent who has two sons attending school in this district (one of which has an IEP), I feel that I have a vested interest in the educational policy that directly affects the schools in my district. I am extremely passionate about the structure and foundation that an excellent education provides for our children. I believe I will be effective as a member of the CEC because I will fairly represent the interests of all students and parents in my district and I will support educational policy and practices that lead to increased student achievement, higher graduation rates and college/career preparation.

    Sheila Higginson

    Qualifiying School:20K104

    Applicant Background

    I have served on District 20's Community Education Council for the past two years and hope to continue my service to our community. I also serve on the School Leadership Team at P.S./I.S. 104.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that it is important for parents to be involved and active in our education system, and to make sure that our voices are heard. I have learned a lot during my service on the council this past term and am eager to put that knowledge to use during the next term.

    Andrea Lawrence

    Qualifiying School:20K200

    Applicant Background

    As a current CEC member I have been a parent liason for the past two years to an elementary school as well as a middle school. I was able to meet with the parents as well as school staff in order to discuss parents issues. In addition I volunteer with the Brooklyn Health Literacy Collaborative. This group works with health organizations as well as Community Based organizations in order to address adult learners health concerns.

    Personal Statement

    As a mother of a current third grader I am often concerned about the policies created that would affect the students. Serving on the Council I believe I would be able to be a voice for the parents. This would allow parents I encounter to feel as though they have a voice.

    Raymond Lee

    Qualifiying School:20K105

    Applicant Background

    I am a Community Broad Council 12 member. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker, and certified in NYC public schoI. I began my social work career to help people with special needs in the local community in 1992. I was an Asst. Director Hospital for a NYC public hospital, and I am an economist for a federal agency. I have a Master degree in Economics and a Master degree in Social work.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on an Education Council because our school system is currently facing many challenges, and because I would like to create enhanced avenues for parents and families to recieve accurate and timely information, as well as offer meaningful input as new policies are implemented. As you know, sufficent input from parents, teachers and advocates are vital to the to the success of our education system. Many of you will agree that those with the most at stake in the education system are currently frustrated and confused. Schools need to know what the parents care about: small class size, skilled, dedicated teachers, curricula thatengage and challenge the kids and a system that welcome parent input. I feel I would be effective because of my education background (MSW in Social Work and MA in Economics) and exstensive work experience in the field of Finance and Social Work.

    Li Li

    Qualifiying School:20K105

    Applicant Background

    I help other people in my community.

    Personal Statement

    If I become a Community Education Council member, I will make learning more interesting. I can see that some students don't pay attention when their teacher is teaching. The thing is the student is bored. If teachers make learning interesting, the whole class could get involved in the teacher's lessons. But this is only one problem of the millions of problems in education. I urge the Legislature to restore the freeze on payments to charter schools. I also believe that there should be more transperancy in school funding to assure that the funds that NYC recieves from the state is reaching the classroom. New schools are not always the anser, we hace noticed that many of the schools on the list of low performing schools are schools that were opened. When a large high school closes, most of the neediest student go to nearby large high schools, which subsequently are put on the school closing list.

    Steven K Matsil

    Qualifiying School:20K223

    Applicant Background

    I have been the P A President of Montauk JHS for nearly two years now. I have been in close contact with the principal and assistants during this time . I have given my input on many occasions. Previously, I was asked personally by the director of the Juilliard School to be the PTA President. for the Saturday, Music Advancement Program .

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the council because I feel there are many things that need to be changed in my child's school district. I am a very reasonable guy. I have been asked by many teachers at Montauk to apply for this position. They feel, dealing with parents all the time, that i have the intelligence, and patience to be an effective council member and leader. I feel it is my duty not to let them, or the students down.

    Eileen Margaret McKenna

    Qualifiying School:20K102

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the corresponding secretary for the PS 102 PTA. I am currently a borough president appointee to the District 20 CEC. I have been a girl scout leader for six years.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the District 20 Community Education Council because I am interested in being involved in education issues affecting my children and my community.

    Stanley Ng

    Qualifiying School:20K187

    Applicant Background

    PTA officer School Leader Team (SLT) Title I sub-committee C30 process District 20 Community Education Council member for 4 years

    Personal Statement

    Main reason I want to return to the CEC ? To serve the community. I am a product of the Public school system (Elementary PS, JHS, BTHS, BBA/MS CUNY). I am a public school parent that knows and understand the issue(s). I had three kids that attended Gen Ed, Special Ed and GT in two different D20 Elementary schools. In 2006/2007, NYC DOE discriminated against whites and Asian in D20/D21 by denying application to a test prep program called Specialized High School Institute (SHSI). This is a FREE 15 months program that prepare kids for the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT). This policy affected 2/3 of the kids in District 20 of which many are poor. (District 20 was 65% white/Asian and 70% Title I-free lunch). In 2007, I SUED NYC DOE and made them changed the SHSI policy. Today, any high performing poor (Title I) 6th Grader is elligible for a SHSI application regardless of the color of their skin. My message: A parent that willing to fight for you and the community.

    Zi Yi Pan

    Qualifiying School:20K105

    Applicant Background

    A current CEC member in D20 (since 2009) and a current member of SLT (since 2007).

    Personal Statement

    To work together with schools to make sure quality education in place. My current positions in CEC and SLT have made a strong case.

    Evie Rabeck

    Qualifiying School:20K686

    Applicant Background

    I have been the Co-President of Brooklyn School of Inquiry's PTO for its first two years. I have first-hand experience with both the special needs of G&T schools and the needs of the IEP population. I've been active on the school's Healthy Foods Committee. Additionally, I am on the board of my condo association and am a member of my local community garden.

    Personal Statement

    I have very much enjoyed being hands-on in my child's school community as I had the privilege of being a part of building the PTO of a brand-new school from the ground up. Now that my tenure as Co-President comes to an end, I am looking forward to finding ways to be more involved in the school community, and to help the students in our district obtain what they need. I have experience with public speaking and with facilitating conversation among different parties; I feel I would be an effective advocate for children with special needs, with the perspective of a mom with a child who has an IEP and is in G&T.

    Cherrie Retamozzo

    Qualifiying School:20K200

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    I feel the education system is lacking, and the children and parents need a voice that can be heard. I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army and I can get my point across successfully. I have new creative and effective ideas that will help the entire community. I have a genuine care for children and I have been seeing some things I am not happy with. I will make a positive change in the community.

    Roland Blaine Roberts

    Qualifiying School:20K102

    Applicant Background

    I currently serve on the SLT at both IS 30 and PS 102 as well as being the PTA Treasurer at IS 30. I have served with Learning Leaders for the past 4 years including running a total of 4 separate after-school Astronomy Clubs as well as a program based on the book Teaching Physics with Toys that was funded by a grant from the American Physical Society. In March 2008, I was selected as one of two Learning Leaders of the Month. I have worked extensively with a local Cub Scout group and I serve as a merit badge counselor with the Greater NY Council of the Boy Scouts of America helping scouts complete the requirements for several different achievements. I have a strong academic background having earned a PhD in physics from the University of Rochester in upstate New York in 1993. and have remained active in science outreach activities both locally and through the Rockland Astronomy Club.

    Personal Statement

    My wife and I are both products of the public school system and when our family moved into Brooklyn 9 years ago, we made a conscious decision to commit ourselves to the public school system. We believe the best long-term result for our community and our city is to strengthen our public schools, not abandon them. My ties to professional and academic organizations have allowed me to bring fresh ideas into the teams I have been working with and I see becoming part of the CEC as a natural extension of that. Additionally, being a parent with a strong academic background has helped me to work across the communication barriers that sometimes separate teachers and parents and I think this will allow me to serve effectively on the CEC.

    Leah Ann Scott

    Qualifiying School:20K102

    Applicant Background

    Currently the Parent Coordinator for Parent Advisory Counsil Meetings held at the Youth Councils (Fort Hamilton Garrison).

    Personal Statement

    As a working parent I try to contribute my time to my son's school and after school programs. The council needs strong personalities and voices so that their children's needs can be met. Perhaps we can't answer everyone or make the schools perfect but even a little change one step at a time can make a different. Just like our children took baby steps so can we as a team and a community.

    Tatyana Segal

    Qualifiying School:20K176

    Applicant Background

    This year I volunteered as a fourth grade math mentor in PS 1 in Manhattan through an organization called APEX. APEX (Asian Professional Extension, Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the personal development of Asian American youth through lasting relationships with adult role models, educational programs, social services, and career guidance. I have also been a Volunteer Leader at Met Council on Jewish Poverty participating in its various events/drives such as helping out senior citizens, distributing hot food in its Soup Kitchen Masbia, and sorting second-hand clothing on last MLK day. I also prepared several students that attended PS 176 for a competitive art test in Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented by tutoring them drawing, painting, and taking them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Personal Statement

    As a mother of two boys, ages 17 and 9, who attend NYC public schools, I have accumulated a lot of knowledge about various public schools throughout the City. My older son started his secondary education barely speaking English in kindergarten. He moved on to a Delta program at PS 176 in his 2nd grade. Then he studied in Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented and right now he is graduating from Stuyvesant High School. My younger son is in 3rd grade at PS 176, where he is part of a very successful String program. I truly feel that NYC public system has a lot to offer to children coming from various socio-economic backgrounds, and I'm willing to share this knowledge with other parents. I'm also a Wall Street programmer-turned-paralegal, who is about to start attending law school this fall. Currently, I intern at Legal Services NYC, a non-profit legal organization that helps poor New Yorkers in various civil disputes such as evictions, divorces, special education, etc. I hope my background in both technology and law would become an asset to Community Education Council.

    Lana Simenoff

    Qualifiying School:20K048

    Applicant Background

    I have a Master degree in Education.My background is working in the English learning center as an English teacher and as a Music teacher in the elementary school. I worked with kids at age 3 to 12 years old. Also, I have experience in summer camp where, I worked as musician.In summer camp I organized music club and performed different music events.In the Learning center I taught kids to read and speak English. I establish my own program how to learn English easy without any stress.This program was very successful.I was very happy working with my students and observed their progress.I have been teaching for 14 years and I got a rich experience working with kids. My bilingual skills helped me better connect to the Second English speakers and helped them to be more successful. I speak Polish, Russian,Lithuanian. I hope my background will be useful for our community.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because as a mother of a seconds' grade student I met some difficulties and problems in the elementary school and I would like to help others parents who met same problems to avoid them. As a teacher and a mother, I know how to improve education programs exactly in the elementary school and how to improve teachers jobs for our kids. My goal is to make the teachers job much more better and more effective. Also, I would like them to listen very careful parents concerns and be more active for helping parents in educational process of our kids.

    Alla Valente

    Qualifiying School:20K229

    Applicant Background

    Both my children have attended/ currently attend District 20 elementary schools and I, too, have attended District 20 schools from elementary school through High School. Since 2004, I have been active in the PS 229 PTA and have volunteered my time for multiple PTA initiatives. I have as an Executive Board Member of the PTA, as well as a two year term as a CEC 20 member from 2009-2011. In additional to my work on the CEC, I am also a member of the Greater NY Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. My family has been working to raise awareness of pediatric liver disease since 2003 and to date, we have been able to raise over $20,000 for the cause.

    Personal Statement

    I was raised in New York City and have attended District 20 public schools from elementary through high school. I firmly believe that my education has prepared me well for the “real world”, giving me a solid foundation for my undergraduate degree at Hofstra University and further professional education at New York University. It has shaped me into a person I am now; determined in my convictions, unafraid to take on difficult tasks and is ready to give back to the school system and the community. My professional career has included over 15 years of Marketing experience which has developed my problem solving and inter-personal skills. I am hard working, dedicated and detail-oriented; all qualities I hope to continue to bring to the District 20 CEC. As a parent of a child with medical issues, I have taken on a role of advocate, ensuring that my child's health issues don't get in the way of her education and who is now thriving in the public school environment. But above all, I would like to continue to give back to the system that is actively shaping the educational and social development of my children and my community.

    Irina Vinokur-Medvinskaya

    Qualifiying School:20K686

    Applicant Background

    In the past few years, teaching became my passion. Working in the field of Information Technology, I got involved in company training and working with teams to educate them on performing their job successfully. While working on my degree in Psychology I realized the importance of Childhood Education and development. My commitment to this field of study has been growing ever since. When my child started attending Brooklyn School of Inquiry, I got involved in the classroom activities, began working on the grant proposals and currently lead the school's Safety committee in order to make sure that kids are safe in and around the school. I am also currently pursuing a Master's degree in Childhood Education. I have been working directly with Brooklyn School of Inquiry's Principal, Parent coordinator, most teachers and other members of the Parent Teacher Organization to improve the quality of the education our kids receive at the school. My own experience of professional development involves teaching others and passing on the knowledge. Since 2001 I have published over 50 articles on various Information Technology topics in various professional publications.

    Personal Statement

    As a very involved member of PTO at Brooklyn School of Inquiry, I have been involved in various Education-related activities to ensure children in my community receive the best possible education. While I am currently pursuing a Master's in Childhood Education, I believe that my background in Psychology would also allow me to be effective in working with many individuals and ensuring various ideas are understood and presented appropriately to diverse group of people. My ability to multitask, achieve high level of cooperation and ability to influence opinions of others would be very important for serving on a Community Education Council. My involvement in various aspects of Childhood Education as well as ability to work with individuals from various backgrounds would allow me to gain support and trust of those around me. In my professional life I have been very vocal about techniques and strategies of teaching and the broad concept of continuous education for adults because in my opinion we never stop learning. It is this idea that I feel is very important for students of all ages. I believe our important task is to cultivate the mentality of constant learning and continuous desire to learn more.

    Laurie Windsor

    Qualifiying School:20K259

    Applicant Background

    Serve on Community Education Council District 20 for the past 6 years, Special Education Committee, School Leadership Team at IS259, PTA Board at IS259, Community Board 11 Member since 2008, Deborah Hospital Foundation Bay Ridge Chapter President/Member for 6 years.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to follow up on our new schools construction/additions which have been started this past term and the previous. This entails ensuring that the projects are on time, any issues relating to the new buildings are addressed, and that new administrations and PTAs are brought into the district 20 family appropriately. Also, there are a few new projects that are not completed yet which include new programs in our district. I would also like to continue serving our Special Needs population with our workshop series for parents and help advocating for those children who need our help the most.



    Community Education Council - District 21

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    Mohammad Akram

    Qualifiying School:21K188

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a member of the Community Education Council District 21 and I am serving as the 1st Vice President. I am currently a Liaison Officer for 3 different public schools. I have been working for the CEC for the past few years and personally feel that we are making great strides. Last year, as the Liaison Officer for PS 188 their request was to have a gym, which was something they never had in that school. So, know in receiving that request, the CEC and I were able to push forth the request to the School Construction Authority with the cooperation of other elected officials. As a result, PS 188 now will be receiving a gym within the near future and construction is already in process. Also, I serve as an Ambassador for the High School Admissions process for New York City. As an Ambassador we help the Office of Student Enrollment reach and teach more parents about the high school admissions process. Along with that I attended many High School Admission open houses in different boroughs. Once a year I volunteer for 5 days at the Daily News Citizenship Now program which is sponsored by CUNY. We help answer the questions of people regarding their citizenship status or any other related immigration question that they might have.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on a Community Education Council because I feel that since I am a parent of 3 children who are and have attended public school, that I should help repay the efforts of the school system. I have been apart of the Community Education Council for the past few years and feel that at the rate we are going, we are making great strides fairly quickly. The reason I feel I would be effective is because I am fluent in 5 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi and Hindi. Being fluent in these languages, will help me and the CEC in reaching out to parents of different backgrounds. I have 2 children who are currently enrolled in the New York City school system and one attends High School while the other attends Elementary School and will go on to Middle School in September. So, having 2 children in different areas of the school system, I know what struggles that a certain Elementary School/Middle School would have and what a High School would have. I feel that children of different religions, deserve to have food that is acceptable to their beliefs.

    Julius Bowens

    Qualifiying School:21K095

    Applicant Background

    I was a member of District 21's Community School Board for 5 years having been appointed by the Brooklyn Borough President. I am currently on the CEC and have been since February 2009. I have been the 2nd Vice President on the Council for the past two years. I was a former Coney Island Activist who worked with leaders of Coney Island and was an active member in several organizations in the community such as Boys to Men Committee, vice president of the PTA at my child's school, and on the School Leadership Team at my child's school for 3 years. My children are currently in Gifted and Talented programs at their schools and I have had the experience of working with this population by attending various workshops.

    Personal Statement

    Because of prior experience with the CEC, the community and its leaders, administrators, teachers, and elected officials I feel that I would be a great asset to the Council at this time. My belief of "Children First" has made me want to be involved in the workings of the CEC in an effort to ensure that all children are afforded a fair opportunity for a good eductaion. First and foremost I am a parent who has had seven children avail themselves of a public school education, and two currently receiving an education in the public school system in District 21. I believe that I have superb public relations skills and work extremely well with people from all walks of life. My expertise in dealing with all types of people would make me very effective in being a liaison between parents, children, and Department of Education personnel. Given the opportunity, I am confident that I would be a very effective CEC member.

    Linda M Dalton

    Qualifiying School:21K095

    Applicant Background

    I have been an involved parent in District 21 from 2000-Present. During the 10 years I have been a PTA Executive Board member at PS 95 The Gravesend School. I have held such positions as Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Title 1 Chairperson and School Leadership Parent Member. I was the PTA President's designee for the School Safety Committee, publisher of the PTA Newsletter in print as well as in a weekly email format. I also designed and was webmaster of the PS 95 PTA Website. I have sat on committees to review and write parent grant proposals, parent Involvement policies, School Leadership Team bylaws , PTA Bylaws, and Resolutions, all to suit the needs of our school and community. I have served on C-30 Committees for Principal and Assistant Principal. I was District President's Council Designee for the PTA President, as well as serving one year as District President's Council Recording Secretary. I also served one year on the IS 239 Mark Twain PA Board as Title 1 Chairperson. As an active parent I have attended numerous community meetings including Community Education Council Meetings in District 21 as well as District 20, Special Education Meetings, forums, etc.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on CEC 21 because I am an involved and concerned parent who believes in our district and our community. I am a product of a Public School District 21 education and have lived in the Gravesend area all my life. Having been through this school system as both a parent of a special education child and a general education child, it has made me learn to be a passionate, vocal, strong parent and child advocate. My experience has shown me that parents definitely need to be supported and informed on many DOE/State and Federal rules, issues and rights involving our children. Our children are our most precious gift and need to be protected and given the best education possible in a safe and nurturing environment. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences to all the parents and will continue to listen and learn so I can help all parents in our District family.

    Marla Edmonson

    Qualifiying School:21K239

    Applicant Background

    Currently the Secretary of CEC 21, have been active in the BOE proposal of the rezoning and the colocation of IS303/Rachel Carson High School/ P771 with Coney Island Prep. Continued support for the community, parents and children of district 21. Not getting the necessary explanation/help special ed. kids/parents need and not raising the bar for the kids expectations every year.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC because i think that schools need help from every parent and community members. I want to help as much as I can so our kids will not feel too much of the effect of the economy, the school budgets and the proposed layoff of some very good teachers. I think i can bring my managment experience and organizational skills to help the Council in anyway I can. I have two children one, going through the public school system in gifted and talented programs and now in the Medical Science Program at Midwwod; and the other child through general ed. and i have seen the diversity between the two education systems. The information, programs and kid treatment that are open/available to the gifted students and what is available/offered for the general ed students and far different and it needs to be shortened. I would like to advocate for the busy parent, that wants to be active in the childs/community life but falls a little short. I am a strong advocate for public schools and want our school sysytem to succeed with both parent, child and school coming together.

    Yoketing Eng

    Qualifiying School:21K239

    Applicant Background

    Held public hearings on Co location of Charter school for PS 188, PS 329, and IS 303. Held meetings with the Department of Education to regain Gifted and Talented classes back for PS 212, PS 329, and PS 188. Held meetings with the Department of Education on various rezoning issues in District 21. Currently serving on the District 21 leadership team to discuss curriculum and other educational standards mandated by the State and the District Comprehensive Educational Plan. Fought to restore free yellow busing for the 7th and 8th graders of District 21. Develop relationships with various legislators, and DOE officials so that I may advocate for the schools and children of District 21.

    Personal Statement

    As the Community Education Council President for District 21, I have established working relationships with various Department of Education officials, legislators, and other community based organizations that support our schools. I am a people person. I am able to get along with almost everyone. I am not afraid to work, and deal with different types of people. I am a firm believer of parent advocacy, and collaboration with our education community for the betterment of our children's education. I believe in small class sizes. I believe in training our teachers to be effective. I believe that our schools should be given the proper resources and funds to teach our kids. These kids are the future of America. I believe that poverty is society's worst enemy, and that a good education is the only effective way to combat poverty. I will always fight for parents' rights and the children's rights to have the best education.

    Heather Ann Fiorica

    Qualifiying School:21K177

    Applicant Background

    I have been actively involved in the public school community for the past 5 years. In addition to be an active partner/advocate in my daughter's education, I have been a Learning Leader & the 2006 Title I Chairperson. As chair, I held an advisory role in its planning, implementing, and evaluating of programs. I have served as Co-Pres. of PS 177 PTA. We have organized a variety of fundraisers & social functions for the benefit of the school, children, teachers & parents. I am responsible for adopting by-laws, holding monthly meetings, budgeting, and providing parent outreach. I am an active member of the SLT for the past 3 years and have worked with parents, teachers, & administrators to make important decisions about the school. As a team, we develop & modify the school's CEP. I am currently the VP of D21's President's Council. I act as a liaison to PTAs throughout our district. I provide assistance to PTAs by providing guidance on complying with Chancellor's regulations, bylaws, observing elections, developing new parent leaders. I am a volunteer, certified Parent Member of the DOE, which affords me the opportunity to educate and assist parents with the IEP process. I received the BWECC 2010 Parent Award.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the CEC because I am committed to the future of our public school system and the issues faced by students. There is a certain depth of understanding that comes from personal experience. My daughter has struggled academically due to neurological disorders. I believe the hook that lured me into parental advocacy was my experiences advocating for my daughter's future, dedicating myself to doing what had to be done to ensure that could reach her potential. I faced uninformed specialists who were capable of seeing nothing more than limitations. I learned about the creative and proactive use of self in facing problems that need solutions. As the parent of a child with special needs, I am particularly sensitive to the needs of underrepresented groups. I want to be part of a forum designed for promoting achievement and influencing educational programs. Previous leadership opportunities have provided a strong foundation that would make me an effective candidate for service. I am passionate about our school system. I work well with others, am interested in establishing educational policy, and becoming better informed about issues faced by students in the NYC Public schools.

    Allan Fishkin

    Qualifiying School:21K215

    Applicant Background

    No this is my first foray into civic activities in support of my community.

    Personal Statement

    While I have not been active in the community in the past, I feel that with my daughter now a part of the public school system I feel a need to become more aware of and participate in community activities related to the public school system. I am hoping that my perspective as a parent with 2 small children as well as my accumulated experience in the private sector can provide added value to the Council. My past experience in managing multi million dollar budgets will provide useful insight in hearings on capital plans, and my efforts to keep abreast of current events and trends relating to education will enable me to articulate informed opinions on important policy issues. Thank you.

    Randi Garay

    Qualifiying School:21K212

    Applicant Background

    I have been a parent volunteer in P.S. 212 The Lady Deborah Moody School for the past seven years. During that time, I have served on the P.T.A. Executive Board for five years as Vice President and President. I am a core member of the School Leadership Team and School Safety Committee. I served on the committees for the P.T.A. and School Leadership By Laws, as well as to review and write the Schools Parent Involvement Policy and the Parent School Compact. I was on the Selection committee for the Parent Coordinator. I was a parent member on the Quality Review. I attend the monthly Community Education Council Meetings in district 21. I am a member of President's Council. I am an Executive Board member of the Bensonhurst West End Community Council. I hold various fundraiser's to support P.S. 212 with educational materials and helped rally for the B64 bus service not to be cut in our community.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I am very passionate about children, their education and parent involvement. As an active parent leader, I would like to be involved in the decision making for our schools and the community. I feel strongly that parents need their voice to be heard and I would like to be that voice as well as listening to other parents and finding out what support they need to help their children reach their full potential. I would like this opportunity to continue serving the District 21 community.

    Dionne O Hastings

    Qualifiying School:21K099

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of the Community Education Council 21, for six years. In the past I have served on my child's School Leadership Team. I have also served on the District Leadership Team for District 21. I continue to be involved with the PTAs at my children's schools and I volunteer for school activities whenever possible. I have experience in the area of Special Education as I worked for an agency that provided preschool services to children with developmental delays.

    Personal Statement

    I am a mother and I can identify with parents about the hopes and dreams they have for their children's present and future. I know that the educational system and society is constantly changing so there is no stability for our children except what we are willing to provide and fight for. I have truly learned that we the parents have to band together with all the resources in the community such as our educators, politicians and community organizations to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children to grow and evolve into mature, responsible and caring adults. It is true "it takes a village to raise a child." I can be effective because I am a good listener, I communicate well and I am willing to give everyone a chance to voice their perceptions and concerns about an issue. I work well with others but I am willing to take a stand when difficult situations arise. I am for you parents. I know the joys and frustrations we all go through trying to meet our children's educational needs. I consider it an opportunity to be able to serve you and your children in any way possible.

    Elliesandra Marie Mendez

    Qualifiying School:21K212* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K744)

    Applicant Background

    I am a teachers aide in a daycare and I am around children who speak chinese, and mandarin. There are also children who are delayed and struggle to get the work I have had responsibilities such as working with those children who speak little english and saying english words over and over again and those children that don't grasp the lesson right away I have been asked to show them the work and take them aside to where they won't be distracted. I was given the opportunity to work with and experience first hand how fast children can learn when the time is taken and when patience is at hand both student and adult will learn. I also work as a leader in an after school program which gave me the opportunity to not only help the students but I was in charge of creating the lessons they were going to learn. This was another great honor for me because I was able to teach these little einsteins and watch as they succeeded our help if they seemed to struggle. I have had hands a on opprotunity to help, assist and lead with children ages 3-11.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent, volunteer, educator, and caretaker, the reason I would like to be a part of the CEC council is I want to help make sure the children, my child, and those children I am responsible for get nothing but the best education possible. I think me being on the council would not only help but be another opinion in which can be considered. We're all a voice that needs to be heard and I would like mine to be considered. I would be greatfull to just be considered

    Seleina Muldrow

    Qualifiying School:21K095* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K744)

    Applicant Background

    None

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on a Community Education Council because I've attended several CEC meetings and felt my concerns were not actually those of the council members. I felt the council members were not from my community and were giveing their opinion on issues involving the community. I also felt that the council members came into the meeting with their minds already made up without hearing the parent speakers, which I was one. I feel I would be an effective council member because I can be fair and impartial.

    Nicole Pacheco-Rosario

    Qualifiying School:21K097

    Applicant Background

    I have never participated in any community board or PTA. But because I believe in Coney Island Prep, I have become much more involved with my children's education. I have both children with IEP's. One in a Charter Public School and the other in a traditional Public School. I have come to learn how important it is the be as involve as possible with the community.

    Personal Statement

    I should serve on the Community Education Council because I live in this community. Since I have become the President of the Family Leadership Council at Coney Island Prep, I have come to realize it take a village to raise & proper educate your child. It take a community to get together and speak about the issues that are happening in that community and resolve them. It is also important that all can come within an agreement that is suitable for all parties.

    Euangelean Pugh

    Qualifiying School:21K096

    Applicant Background

    Community Education Council District 21 4 Years New York City Housing Authority

    Personal Statement

    I do serve as a council member because it allows me to serve for more than one school at a time. I want to be civil minded and make my community better when I can. I am effective because I listen to my community family and I help the community get what they need.

    Marianne Russo

    Qualifiying School:21K215

    Applicant Background

    PTA Co-President, PS 215, 2006-2008 School Years PTA President, PS 215, 2008-2009 School Year PA Corresponding Secretary, IS 239 , 2008-2010 School Years District Leadership Team, 2008-2010, School Years CPAC- President Council Designee, 2009-2010 School Year Learning Leader, 2001-2007 School Years Community Education Council Member D21. 2010-2011 School Year School Leadership Team PS 215, 2006-2011 School Years

    Personal Statement

    I believe I can bring a great deal to the Community Education Council because I am highly otivated and concerned parent. I have almost a decade of volunteer service to the system that has taught me how valueable parent participation can affect my children's school. I have been a highly effective organizer putting the needs of the students first.

    Nancy Torruellas

    Qualifiying School:21K090* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K744)

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    I feel the CEC board needs to have a parent who not only has a child with a learning disability on the board. The School my son along with many of the children from district 21 needs an parent on this board. All the children deserves a quality education. This is their future and most impotently the future of this country. Change is not only required at this point it is needed.

    Deidre Tubman

    Qualifiying School:21K329

    Applicant Background

    I may not have the required specifics in participating within the schools or community. What I lack in experience wouldn't hinder my ability to learn and also fight for what I feel is best for the students in my community in District 21. My mindset is fresh and most analytical with ideas and reasoning for the progression of the students as a whole unit.

    Personal Statement

    I desire to serve on the CEC because I feel that as a parent my voice is needed to help the students in District 21. I am capable of understanding what is befitting for these students to succeed. Finding new ways or resources for them to improve reading and math levels. As well as looking into different outlets for their future endeavors. Education isn't just about one's present state, but the continuous journey to excel in the avenues of higher education. School shouldn't just be about the basic principles of just reading and math, but improving them socially as well. I have the ability to look beyond and outside of the box and explore the depths in any situation.



    Community Education Council - District 22

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    Susanna Elizabeth Biondo

    Qualifiying School:22K195

    Applicant Background

    I am part of the executive board for the P.T.A at P.S. 195.,right now I am VP of membership. I also have done fundraising for 195 in the past and volunteer my time on Wednesdays for lunch duty. I have attended with our PTA president the "Presidents Council meeting" I also am involved with Manhattan Beach Neighborhood association.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I want to be more involved with the community I live in and the surrounding schools in disrict 22 . I would like our parents to have a better understanding of what exactly is happening. I have always tried to promote parent involvement within the school my daughter attends through the PTA . I feel nothing shows a child more than a good example set by a parent whose interest is them, by attending functions and being very hands on. I am luckey that I am able to be a stay at home mother and am afforded all the benefits of being involved with my childs education and activities. I am often approached at my own school by parents who know I am very involved and will ask me for opinons and advice reguarding certain situations concerning there own children. I feel confident if I were elected I would work just as hard to make sure everyone felt this way if they needed my help.

    Stevenson Corvoisier

    Qualifiying School:22K203

    Applicant Background

    n/a

    Personal Statement

    i would like to express a deep need for change in the system and also give ideas that may have a impact.

    Alfred Wayne DiGrazia

    Qualifiying School:22K234

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved with teaching children and adults fitness and martial arts classes for more than 25 years. I have volunteered time and resources to neighborhood schools and charitable organizations. I volunteer in the local children's motivational after school program Movers and Shakers organized by the Flatbush Development Corporation. I have taught martial arts and fitness to special needs children and adults. In the fitness center we donate time and space for community based organizations who provide information on health and education issues. I have always tried to be active in my community. The work in the community has been recognized in civic awards given by, the Borough President, State Assembly Member Rhoda Jacobs, The Flatbush Development Corp, and our local school PS217.

    Personal Statement

    I have been a practicing attorney in the area of Criminal Law since 1976. I have worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as a defense attorney. I have been teaching Martial Arts and Fitness for more that 25 years. The two professions keep me in constant contact with children and are a constant reminder that the needs of the community are best served by education. I have just served one term as a member of the CEC of District 22 and would like to continue to serve my community in this way.

    Josephine Duqmaq

    Qualifiying School:22K236

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the President of the Parent Association of PS 236. In previous years, I have served in other positions on the Executive Board of the Parent Association. I have been actively involved at PS 236 since 1999 as a parent volunteer including Learning Leaders, SLT and as class parent.

    Personal Statement

    Education is extremely important in every day life. We should do everything we can to help our children succeed. Parent involvement is an important criteria in our childrens' education. Whether its an hour or more, its important that children see parents participate in the educational decisions that affect them.

    Jean L Etienne

    Qualifiying School:22K234

    Applicant Background

    USN Humanitarian Efforts to Renovate Children Orphanage, Malaga Spain 8/86-9/86 USN United Way Keel Club Pilot Award 12/85

    Personal Statement

    Given years of an enriching work history, with the US Navy, to the MTA-NYCTA, as a electrical assistant and unto AT&T in the telecommunications industry, turning up, configuring and maintaining logical and physical circuits, routers and switches over variant UNIX platforms and various network management systems and coupled with a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate studies, I am confident that I possess the necessary qualifications. Within less than a decade, I was called twice to serve the MTA-NYCTA with my skills, as an electrical helper and as an engineer senior project Coordinator and both times, I excelled in my duties. Now, I am available to serve my community as well, with my skills.

    Barbara Nataiesha Guillaume

    Qualifiying School:22K312

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve as a Community Education Council because I feel having 3 children in the NYC school system which are in three diffrent levels academically I've learned so much,I would like to share that . There are several techniques and use of visual learning tools to help children achieve their greatest potential. I am aware of how some children have math fears, phobias, and anxiety . I would love to particiate with the General Education programs I think I would be a wonderful candidate.

    Patricia Marthone, MD

    Qualifiying School:22K198

    Applicant Background

    It has been my pleasure to serve as second Vice President of the CDEC 22 for the last two years, and Chair of the Program and Membership Committee at the Flatbush YMCA for the last three years.

    Personal Statement

    CDEC 22 is one of the most diverse Councils in New York City. Understanding the varying needs of our students, and parents, requires a serious commitment to researching, planning, and executing how best to assist when an issue arises. A child of Haitian immigrants, I have experienced some of the difficulties that could have impended graduation that the school system was not ready to meet. Flaws that can be corrected with CDECs at the helm of representing issues that will make a difference for one child today, and all of our children living in the same communities tomorrow. Many issues presented during this term, some of which took a phone call to resolve, and others, i.e. re-zoning, took months. Re-zoning has long been directed by protocols, laws, and rules on mapping that did not reflect the realistic existences and needs of our district. It took TWEED, principals, and experts reviewing for months to create our new primary school re-zoning plan. Understanding myself, the children around me, and the issues we endure as parents; I want nothing more than to be the proper voice of the often unjustly misrepresented, and when represented, the misunderstood.

    Deborah Perkins

    Qualifiying School:22K251

    Applicant Background

    Previously served as vice-president and secretary to the PS 251 PTA Executive board. The parent council on Herbert G Birch. I am aslo a member of the Flatlands civic association.

    Personal Statement

    I believe this will be a great way to help the community in its process to improve its education services. Being active member of the community helps me to envision the beat for children and individuals living in the community.

    Christopher Spinelli

    Qualifiying School:22K207

    Applicant Background

    I have served on the Community Education Council for the past 8 years. I have served as President of the Community Education Council for District 22 for the past 7 years. I have been active in the local community. I have also helped sponsor the Special Education Forum for the past 5 years along with Districts 21 & 20.

    Personal Statement

    I continue to want to serve on the Education Council for District 22 because I believe firmly that the voice of parents must be valued and not overlooked. Education Councils are one of the few outlets for parents to voice their concerns and to meet with other parents from around the community. Although we have had some successes in my District, I still feel that the Community Education Councils have not yet achieved their full potential and parents need to continue to demand that their voices be heard. This administration has not been a very parent friendly administration and unfortunately has viewed parents as an obstacle to progress. I will continue to demand that parents' voices be heard and that their children continue to receive the best education that can be afforded them. I will also continue to call attention to the fact that the system provides a quality education, no matter where that child falls on the academic spectrum. We must provide for all children in this city, not just the center median.



    Community Education Council - District 23

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    Milton BoltonWilliams

    Qualifiying School:23K073

    Applicant Background

    community program prospect plaza is aprogram that help people all around Brownville community we help with rent we help with jobs we help with home and more

    Personal Statement

    i know that i can be effective because i meet with the community about one thing of the other ,youn see we hold meeting every month about what is going on in this community and how we can help make it better.

    Ernestine Victoria Jackson

    Qualifiying School:23K332

    Applicant Background

    I attend to rallies due to rallies school closing I volunteer my time as needed in the school. I work with children for thirteen years plus help outside of public school

    Personal Statement

    I feel that I can make great input on the community I care for the children future. I am willing to fight for the children. So that they will have a good education, so that we don't leave anyone behind. I feel due to cut back in our children education their won't be a future for them. So I am willing to put blood sweat and tears for my children lives. So that they can be successful in their path that they take. that why I want to be on the community

    Iannetta C Jeffers

    Qualifiying School:23K298

    Applicant Background

    Im on the SLT at my son's school and i recently was elected to the CEC district 23

    Personal Statement

    I believe I can be a great assest to the Council because Im an involved parent who is concerned about our children of the community receiving a fair and accurate education and I am willing to fight for causes that I believe in every child deserves a chance to learn especially the special needs population with the knowledge i have from fighting for my own chid's rights i can help others.

    Joan Johnson

    Qualifiying School:23K184

    Applicant Background

    I served on the CEC for two in years and in that time I visited schools, went to Ablany and participated in some local demonstrations regarding school closings. In June 2010 I noticed the children having difficulty getting through breakfast which is the most important meal of the day and I got involved with that situation immedately. In May of 2006, I had Art McFarland take his cameras to one the the schools in the district because the clildren were not receiving classwork assignments in the save room and in October of 2010 I was on News 12 because of the living conditions in my neighborhood.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that I can continue to be an asset, I would like to set something up with BCAT to display our general meetings on their bulletin board, as well as having some college student come volunteer and help children with one on one reading and math.

    Devon C McManus

    Qualifiying School:23K332

    Applicant Background

    I OFTEN ATTEND CLASS TRIPS AS A CHAPERONE..

    Personal Statement

    In the best intress of my child and the children in the community i seek to serve on the Community Education Council. It would be wise for one who cares to physically serve the cause by working with in it.. You are only as effective as the people around you ,and i work well with others in forming a cohesive unit..

    Latoya Ross

    Qualifiying School:23K332

    Applicant Background

    i have been voluteer with P.S.332 for over eight years.I'm a leader learning, i have been Pta in 2004 and im now Pac Chairperson since sept,2010.For the last two year's i have been in the fight to stop school closing.I have a child with Iep for speech ,I am also a person who had recived an Special Education from the new york city education.I work with at risk children,runaway ,or a child that need help, I have my girl scout group that range from age 5 thur 20,where we teach girl how to be ladies,and how to find work or school..

    Personal Statement

    i feel i will be effective by being a person who have recived an special education where people said or was told i couldnt do nothing or could be something.as parent we losing our right for our children the system are not design for children budget cuts are effecting our children we need parents to stand together and stop let them take our children education from us

    Roshana C. Ross

    Qualifiying School:23K631

    Applicant Background

    Iam a Learning Leader for 5 years, served on the PTA, PAC and SLT board. I am currently a member of the Dislrict Leadership Team in District 23. Being a part of these boards especially the DLT opened my eyes to the needs of students with disabilties as well as Engish Language Learners. It made me aware that their needs are just as important as those with a general education.

    Personal Statement

    I want our District to be an effective district. I want to be apart of a council that does exactly what it says educate the community. We can do that by bringing the schools and community together that is a goal of mines. There is a need for parental involvement not only in my community but through-out the city. I feel catering to the needs of the parents and their children is exactly what I can bring to the council. A lot of parents beleive that their voice can not be heard. Being apart of an organization that can allow parents voices to be heard is why I want to serve on the Community Education Council.



    Community Education Council - District 24

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    Lucy Accardo

    Qualifiying School:24Q087

    Applicant Background

    Currently on the school leadership team and the Parent's Association. I am also the founder and former president of a local moms club, (middle village) which grew to 85 members and branched off to Forest Hills where a sister chapter was created. Moms Club chapter was closed down in Fall of 2008. I was a very active member in the community, participating in events wit the MV Chamber of Commerce for approx 4 years.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on CEC24 because i enjoy being an active parent in the NYC Schools and speaking up when necessary. I'm a product of NYC Schools, going to public schools in Astonia, Long Island City H.S. and the obtaining BBA and MBA at Barch College, a CUNY School. I care about the needs of students and parents and will fight for their rights and bring their concerns to the table. Having four children in the NYC Public Schools, I feel that I am a great candidate. My oldest is in 6th and my youngest in Kindergarten. I look forward to sharing my expertise and learning along the way.

    Nick Comaianni

    Qualifiying School:24Q113

    Applicant Background

    Currently, I am President of CECD24, I am also chair of the education committee, community board 9. I am on the board of directors for the Forest Park COOP. I am a member of the Glendale Civic Association and I am on the Veterans Parade Committee.

    Personal Statement

    I have been serving on CECD 24 since its inception. We have made a big difference in our district throughout the years. We have gained more seats, more school buildings, better playgrounds, and most importantly a better academic environment for the students of this district. I would like to continue to advocate on behalf of the parents and students of District 24.

    Jean Vernet Darius

    Qualifiying School:24Q061

    Applicant Background

    I am the co- president of PTA for this school

    Personal Statement

    An active community is very concerned about the education of its members, especially for the education of children, youth and adolescents, because they will be future leaders. Today, we face a new situation where young people are leaving school without having acquired the minimum level of knowledge required to manage their own lives. Education can not be a business, it is a necessity and responsibility of all. So I think I have much to contribute to the community because I was prepared for over 8 years by Jesuit priests to devote to education. Also, I am currently doing a Masters in education and I have a Masters in Sustainable Human Development. I think I'm ready to help my community.

    Jeanne Ellen Forster

    Qualifiying School:24Q087

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of the District 24 CEC for one term. During that term, I have had the privilege to work with fellow members of the CEC, parents, the DOE, educators, elected officials, the press, students and community members to create solutions for the problems presented to us. My original concern and reason for running was inadequate facilities at my child's school; soon I learned of many other schools in district 24 that lack adequate building facilities. We had some success in addressing these issues; but, there is so much more to accomplish. Currently I have started the process of forming a grants writing workshops in partnership with the Superintendent Chan to be given in English and Spanish. The goal of these workshops is to empower PAs, parents and educators to tap into the private money available to supplement our children's education in district 24. Other districts are doing this and we should not be left behind.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC because I want the best education for my child and the children of district 24 that is possible. My child's experience will only be as good as the children's around her and that includes the district, not just our school. I feel that my experience on the CEC for the past term will definitely help me to be effective. I have learned what is important to focus on and that is continued pressure for improved school facilities and empowerment of parents to push for the best academics for their children.

    Lamgen Leon

    Qualifiying School:24Q102

    Applicant Background

    I am a current member of the Community Education Council District 24. Before joining the CEC I was an active volunteer at the school. I am also a volunteer coach for ASOPEC Baseball Little League, a league based in School District 24, and the majority of the players are latino students between the age of 4 and 17 years old who attend the same School District.

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue providing my service on CEC 24, the most populated and diverse school district in the city using my tri-literate and tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Cantonese) culture and abilities. I will also fight to get the fair share for the students, teachers and schools of our community. As a first term member, I supported and voted for many resolutions in favor of our community and I will continue to do the same in order to achieve the best for our School District.

    Samantha Papaccio

    Qualifiying School:24Q128

    Applicant Background

    I am currently on the CEC D24. I also volunteer at PS/IS 128.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue to serve the parents of District 24 and represent them and their concerns to the DOE. We have much to work towards to provide the best educational experience for the children in our fast growing district.

    Constance M. Partinico

    Qualifiying School:24Q058

    Applicant Background

    PS. 58 Q : School of Heroes PTA 2005-08 : PTA Second VP 2009-10 : PTA Third VP 2010-11 : PTA Co-President Served on SLT all years (2005-11)

    Personal Statement

    I believe I can be extremely effective on the CEC District 24 Council because I am an active member on my school PTA and an Executive Board Member. I attend all meetings and try to make a difference. I support the CEC in their resolutions and will continue to be an extremely involved parent in my children's education.

    Brian Morgan Rafferty

    Qualifiying School:24Q119

    Applicant Background

    I have been twice elected to serve the parents of District 24 on the Community Education Council, and it would be my privilege to continue in that role.

    Personal Statement

    I have the experience and knowledge of currently serving on the CEC for District 24, and have helped work toward positive solutions for the students and parents of the district.

    Peter Vercessi

    Qualifiying School:24Q091

    Applicant Background

    I have been an educator for 21 years, including 8 years as a teacher/Dean of Students in two different middle schools in Distrcit 14 (Greenpoint/Williamsburg).

    Personal Statement

    Having a professional background in education, I feel that I can offer valuable insight when school related issues are discussed.



    Community Education Council - District 25

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    Jacqueline Colson

    Qualifiying School:25Q252

    Applicant Background

    I am always supportive of any school my children attend. I've been an active Learning Leader since 2004 where I interacted with all levels of school personnel. I try my best to be an active participant in school functions. I believe the community works better when everyone is involved regardless of what group they belong to. In my dealings with the school and community I try to foster a sense of unity which benefits all of us rather than just a select few.

    Personal Statement

    I know that education is the foundation of any community. I have been serving on the CEC for a short while and I found the work challenging but rewarding. I'm an individual who weighs all sides of an issue before I come to a decision, while thinking of all of the children not just my own. Whatever position I hold I will do it to the best of my ability.

    Nicholad Corrado

    Qualifiying School:25Q079

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    Anil Gupta

    Qualifiying School:25Q252

    Applicant Background

    No experience till now.

    Personal Statement

    Would like to give something back to the Community, by serving on a CEC. I will bring a diverse and different perspective of Education etc to the Council.

    Michael Hwang

    Qualifiying School:25Q209

    Applicant Background

    I have extensive experience in working with elementary and high school grade students mainly working in youth group environment in church. I have taught Sunday school Bible Study for elementary school grades (5th & 6th grades) and high school students. During the summers, I served as counselor for retreats and praise team leader overseeing over 200 high school students at times. In these experiences, I focused on developing confidence and guiding the students through tough adolescent problems. Recently, I also worked as a manager for the local Little League baseball team. In this capacity, the main goal is to teach teamwork, motivation and to have fun.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council as these are critical times for education in New York City with unprecedented budget crisis, globalization of cultures, technological advances and changes in educational philosophies. As scientists and researchers continue to find and define new ways of learning and developing, we must help our children to learn and adapt to the changing environments. I believe I will be effective, as I work in a education environment and is exposed to the different types of learning environments. Education is not "one-size fits all", and having daily interactions and knowledge of other types of institutions will provide as a valuable asset in this community.

    Monique Jackson

    Qualifiying School:25Q189

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be apart of the Community Education Council because ever since my daughter began attending middle school i as a parent had to inform myself with rules regulations and also passed along information that i have came acrossed with other parents to make them more aware of things within the school systems and how it has changed.

    Meisha McAleney

    Qualifiying School:25Q154

    Applicant Background

    Since my son has entered the NYC public school system I have regularly volunteer at fundraisers,trips and most areas in which help is needed.I regularly help out during every bake sale,book fair as well a chaperone class trips . I have become a regular fixture at PTA functions.

    Personal Statement

    I feel as though due to the fact my child is receiving a free education it is my duty to help and aid the educators and administrators as much as I can. I am very organized and timely . I am also a product of the NYC school system . From attending PS 321K, IS 62 and HS of Fashion Industries I am aware from the inside what can be learned when the right tools and support are made available to students. Now that my son is also attending school I will use my talents , knowledge to help aid him and his fellow schoolmates to obtain a quality education. I am lucky enough to be a full time stay at home mother which allows me to interact with staff and parents regularly .

    Kim Montgomery

    Qualifiying School:25Q130

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of the SLT at PS 130Q for about a year from 2010 to 2011. I also am a Title I representative at PS 130Q. I am an active member at PS 130.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in applying to the CEC to support, make a difference and to further enhance our children, community and education. I'm also actively involved and dedicated towards my daughter's education and her school activities and efforts. I feel my education and work experience would be an assest to the CEC.

    Jaya B Patil

    Qualifiying School:25Q032

    Applicant Background

    - Serving as a District Title I Representative in District 25 DLT - Serving as a Corresponding Secretary in CPAC (Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council) - Serving as a Treasurer in Community Education Council (D25CEC) - Representing CEC in Community Board 7 & Precinct 109 meeting. - Served as a PTA President and PTA Treasurer - Learning Leader from 5 years. - Teaching Hindi Language in Hindu Community Outreach School

    Personal Statement

    I strongly believe that education is an important part of life. I am a Finance Graduate with computer background and wanted to share my knowledge with my communities and educating them.

    Gina Stratis

    Qualifiying School:25Q294

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved in my school community for several years now. I have volunteered and joined the PTA in both my childrens schools. I have also been part of the Slt .

    Personal Statement

    I have three children, two of which are in the public school system. I have done a lot of volunteer work at their schools for a number of years. I joined the CEC two years ago hoping to be a voice for the parents in our community. It has been an enriching experience and a privilege to serve all of you . I would like to continue to advocate for the parents and ALL of the children in our district in collaboration with our parent leaders. Our children have no greater advocate then us and I will make it my business to be informed and to be proactive in representing the families in our community to the best of my ability.

    Bernadette Taylor

    Qualifiying School:25Q499

    Applicant Background

    I am a member of the current Community Education Coucil for district 25. As a member, I communicate with schools and attend information seminars. I've met with chancellor Dennis Walcott several times to voice our concerns. I have attended Queens Borough President Helen Marshall's parent advisory council meetings. I believe that reaching out to every facet of our community is the only way to effectuate meaningful improvements. I am sensitive to the culutral diversity that is uniquely Queens. Last term I asker for yor vote. I promised that I would work hard for you and I have. The issues that are of the most concern presently are as follows: 1- Qualified teachers remaining in the classroom 2- Class size 3- Literacy and Math improvements 4- Providing schools that not only teach but also empower the minds of all our youngsters, so that they can learn and teach themselves. Today, I ask for your vote again. Together we will raise the bar so that our vision of the public school is realized.

    Personal Statement

    By way of introduction, my name is Bernadette Taylor. I am the mother of three beautiful children attend school is district 25. I was raised by a single parent who juggled a full time job while caring for her family. I, along with every other parent, want the best for our children and worry about their academic future. Although I believe that we have a great educational system, it has flaws. The Department of Education has tremendous power over the direction a student's life will take. Early determination and/or labeling can be a foundation for great success or a life sentence with almost no possibility for parole. It is the partnership between schools, parents and children that will determine whether the academic experience is positive or negative. all parties need to step up and be accountable for our shared future. If you vote for me, I will do my part to ensure that our schools remain great and keep improving.

    Harpreet Singh Wahan

    Qualifiying School:25Q237

    Applicant Background

    * Currently elected Community Education Member of Distt 25 Queens, ** have been championing the cause of student and parent community with Department of education for past many years, *** Instituted many great programs through current serv time of CEC D25, including instituting annual Community Award ceremony for bright and excelling children in Education/ Community service/ civic services/ extra curricular activities sectors.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent of 2 young students of Distt 25 and an existing CEC member, I strongly believe that CEC can play a great positive role in building bridges between different communities and DOE New York. I have continuously served as a bridge between Parent (and Student) Community and DOE and have becoem voice of the unspoken and lent voice to the otherwise muffled/suppressed/shy voices. I believe CEC is a backbone of current education community and can prove to play a vital role in building future educated society in New York, which having received great directions/policy from an informed CEC working in Liason with Parents, Teachers, Students and DOE Community, can produce great products. Such products of our valued Education system can boldly and with confidence, compete with the competitive society of the world at all forums and platforms.

    Judean Alexica Woelfle

    Qualifiying School:25Q200

    Applicant Background

    I have participated and still do, in many activities in the school and the community. At PS/MS 200, they choose me to be the Title 1 chairperson, and a recording secretary for the PTA. The Pomonok library has a Friends Group. I am the treasurer. I also volunteer as a literacy tutor at the Adult Learning Center at Merrick library.

    Personal Statement

    I have, soon to be four children who will be entering the public school system in the upcoming school year. I want to be fully equipped to continue to help them and to help thousands of other students, parents and offices in the school system to work collaboratively to achieve success. I am hardworking and I would like to use my knowledge and expertise to fulfill my duties. There is still a lot for me to learn. I am ready and willing to be a part of the bigger picture.



    Community Education Council - District 26

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    Ricky Chan

    Qualifiying School:26Q213

    Applicant Background

    I currently serve on the Community District Education Council (School District 26). I hold the title of Treasurer. I also currently serve on the Parent-Teacher Association Executive board at my child's school. I hold the title of Corresponding Secretary.

    Personal Statement

    I wish to continue my tenure as a CDEC26 council officer. I am committed to public education, having attended public schools in Queens, N.Y. (School District 30). I want my child and other children to have the same opportunity for a quality education that I've had and will serve, if re-elected, to continue to work toward that end.

    Michelle Fields

    Qualifiying School:26Q266

    Applicant Background

    As a Criminal Defense Attorney, I represent a small population of youthful offenders who attend one of the New York City Public Schools and as their attorney I am always seeking programs to keep them in school; after-school programs for students at risk and or programs that would allow them to continue their education through a more nontraditional program(s). Therefore, being involved in the education council would give me a better insight into why students are having difficulties in school and in their communities. In addition, I am also an active member of the Brooklyn Junior League as well as the Queens Law Association.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent and as a Criminal Defense Attorney representing a small population of youthful offenders, I think my representation of this population would give me the ability to give the board a different perspective as to how to identify and assist at risk students at an early age. In addition, I would like to assist the council on how to develop alternatives programs for children who may not perform well in a traditional environment.

    Vijayalaxmi Hegde

    Qualifiying School:26Q186

    Applicant Background

    I have been attending every PTA meeting and workshop at PS186, as well as other workshops, such as the parent to parent support group workshops at the different schools of District 26; UFT sponsored workshops; and Board of Education sponsored workshops at both Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, and Linden Boulevard in Flushing. Last year I became a PTA Executive Board Member and worked in membership. This year, I became the co-president of the PTA at PS 186. I am in charge of PTA sponsored school trips, and workshops on Emergency Preparedness by CERT (Community Emergency Respond Team). I volunteer for different school activities like school pictures days, book sales, and field days. I also regularly chaperon my son's class trips, including extended, or overnight trips, such as this year's Ashokan trip, which is a three-day overnight trip. I am an active member on the School Leadership Team as well. Outside of school, I attend District President Council Member meetings. I have also been serving as a Den Leader for the past four years at my son's Cub Scout Pack in Queens. In addition, my son and I have been volunteers at our local Hindu Temple in Flushing for many years.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I would be able to share my extensive experience with children and managing children through different activities with other members of the Council. Although I have primarily mentioned my involvement in my son's curricular and extracurricular activities, I have two older daughters who have also been through the New York City school system. Since 1989, I have been sharing my knowledge with other parents, and feel that through my twenty two years of experience with the New York City school system, and my involvement with related activities I can bring my knowledge and experience to the Community Education Council. In this way, the city's many students may have more benefits. My son is in school, and through working with the other parents at the school he attends, I have learned that many parents share the same problems. By working together with these parents in workshops and other activities, we can better the school system through support at home, thus providing our children with a stronger education. As the Community Education Council, we can also work together, with the school system, as advocates for change for a better future for New York City Public Schools.

    Pankaj Kapur

    Qualifiying School:26Q191

    Applicant Background

    I worked as a substitute teacher for 5years and have a lisence of teacher too from the state of Minnesota. I taught in public schools and has a very goog experience of teacher kids from k-10 grade.I taught ESL and general subjects to the students. I also have done specif ic courses of teaching ESL kids. Now in NY,I am working as teacher in Bell Park Child Center.I am involved all the school activities and have direct interaction with parents and Department members. I have good expereince in teachingESL kids. I taught 6kids for 5years and saw a abrupt change in grade 9th.They were very independent and did their work very effectively like other students.I am very proud to be the teacher of those because they always appriciate my method of teaching. So i want to work with these kids and community .

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve Community Eduction council as I feel this is very suitable position for me where I can show my experience and calibioner to uplift the the people of different communities or to bring more awareness in the community. I am veru well qualified and well experienced in this feild.I did my Doctorate degree in Education(Ph.D) &Masters in Education&English. I feI am the capable candidate for this position.

    Daniel John O'Gallagher

    Qualifiying School:26Q495

    Applicant Background

    From 1997 to 2007, I served as the Director of Teen Services at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan. I have also worked for, or served as a consultant for, Children's Aid Society, Camp Don Bosco, Asphalt Green, Camp Sussex, and the YMCA of Greater New York. In 2000, I was awarded the PASEsetter Award for Excellence in After School Education from the Partnership for After School Education. I was selected as a 2005 Junior Fellow in the United Way's Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute. In 2007, I was recognized with a Proclamation from New York State Senator Jose Serrano for outstanding service to the community; and was honored by the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association with the Anthony J. Carbone Award for dedication to the youth and families of the East Harlem and Yorkville communities. In 2008, I completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs; and in 2009, I was honored by the youth anti-violence organization Not Another Child, Inc. I am currently the Program Director for the Henkels & McCoy Out-of-School youth program, which offers occupational and work-readiness training to 16-21 year-old young adults who are not connected to work or school.

    Personal Statement

    I have spent my career working with, and advocating for, the students of New York City. However, my motivation and commitment toward this goal increased dramatically with the adoption of my son in 2010. This past September, my son entered the 9th grade at Bayside High School in District 26. Thus far, I have been very impressed with the special education services provided to my son as well as the school staff's dedication toward his future success. By serving as a member of the Community Education Council, it would be my hope to assist and empower other parents as they navigate their own children through the educational system; specifically those whose children have an IEP. I feel that I would be an effective member of the Community Education Council because I believe that the cooperation and involvement of all those involved enhances the possibility of a student achieving their academic goals. When educators, administrators, parents, and policy makers are all firmly in support of improving education for our students then the students themselves will surely feel this support, and the results would become evident in the classroom and beyond.

    Jeannette Veronica Segal

    Qualifiying School:26Q067

    Applicant Background

    As a parent of three children and a believer in volunteerism, I have been involved in a variety of PTA and school activities. In the past I have participated in my children schools in different capacities such as PS 98 PTA Vice President for many years and was also involved in many of the fundraising events, while my son was in PS 133 I also lead the school yearbook committee; I also am involved in Middle School 67 PTA. Currently I am the Vice President of the Community Education Council District 26; I have been on the council for the past 4 years. I also serve on the Middle School 67 School Leader ship Team. I am also a coach for a swim team comprising of children in grades K-9.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue my advocacy for our children and parents in our district. With all the changes in leadership at the DOE, I believe it is critical to stay attentive and proactive to policies and actions from the DOE. These past few years, I have had the privilege to serve with a group of parents that are dedicated in guarding our children's best interest and to be the voice of so many parents. I believe as a parent we need to be vigilant and use our expertise to bring about change, we cannot depend on our public officials to decide what is best for our children. Also our school officials are not necessarily in touch with what is in the best interest for the district 26 families. Our CEC has been actively involved in creating changes to policies that the DOE has tried to implement but is not in our districts best interest. I would like to continue to serve and help in any way the children, parents of district 26 and my fellow CEC members.

    Hong Keng Tan

    Qualifiying School:26Q203

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    As a resirent in this community, I am concern about my community education and I'm willing to be able to serve my community. I have experience in education.

    Lucy Vieco

    Qualifiying School:26Q188

    Applicant Background

    I am an ESL teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience with kindergarten students through adults. My population consists of general education students as well as special needs students. I have designed and implemented a series of parent centered events to increase parent involvement at my school. As a liaison for Spanish speaking parents, I help them navigate the educational system so they can get services for their children. I am currently an active member of the Parent Teacher Association where I work as well as at my own children's school. I have been involved for over 20 years in a non-profit organization that facilitates and provides surgical treatment to hundreds of needy children who suffer from congenital heart disorders.

    Personal Statement

    Serving on the Community Education Council would provide the opportunity to make a difference in my community. My dynamic background and experience would add value to shaping the educational policy that directly affects my children and my neighborhood. As a teacher of English Language Learners, I believe my educational background will provide a valuable foundation and resource to the council. In addition, my previous managerial experience leading sales account teams to meet account targets will help provide hands on leadership and support for my community's public schools. And in the spirit of President Obama volunteer initiative, I am looking forward to being part of of America's volunteer initiative where anyone can take a step forward to becoming an active member of their community.



    Community Education Council - District 27

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    Gina M Davis

    Qualifiying School:27Q197

    Applicant Background

    I'M A ON THE SLT BOARD AND I'M A CORRESPONDED SECRETARY ON THE PTA BOARD AT MY DAUGTHER SCHOOL.

    Personal Statement

    I LIKE BEING AROUND CHILDREN BECAUSE I 'M A CHILD CARE PROVIDER AND AS A PARENT I LIKE TO KNOW HOW CAN I HELP PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN

    Coralanne Griffith-Hunte

    Qualifiying School:27Q225

    Applicant Background

    I participant within the schools in Queens in various ways, I attend parent Teacher/Administration meetings when parents feel they need an advocate. I also conducted motivational & educational workshops were I provide information and training to parents as an initiative to bridge the information gap. I tutor students and I 'm a member of several committees on education. I am also active within the community by volunteering to teach life skills, drama and dance to youth. I have experience with the students with special needs population because I have a son with a learning disability. I try to educate families and educators that these students can and will learn if they are taught according to their various learning styles. They are gifted as well and should be treated with the same respect and expectations as any general education student.

    Personal Statement

    I have served as a member of the Community Education Council since 2007, and I find it an honor to service the families within District 27. A lot has happened within this district both positive and negative, parents and students need to feel that their voices are heard and that someone is carrying the message/questions for them and bring them back answers. Change doesn't occur overnight it requires continued effort over time. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to educating our children. However, I want to continue to be the conduit that helps to bridge the school- family gap. I understand that parents need a sense of ownership in their children's educational experience. It is imperative that educators, families, and communities work together to create better schools. I know that I will continue to be effective because I have a passion to help the families in Queens, they are my neighbors, family and friends and what affects them affects me. Therefore I work hard to advocate for them and would love the opportunity to continue to serve in this capacity.

    Joshua Hirschman

    Qualifiying School:27Q306

    Applicant Background

    I have been on my sons PA board as Co-President for the past 2 years running as well as the SLT. We have many annual traditions in our young school (only 3 years old) a couple to mention here are our annual Multicultural Fashion Show - we have a variety of dishes from our diverse school population plus a dance/fashion show where the students dance and dress up from their country. We also have some great educational activities such as Read With Someone You Love Night where parents and teachers dress up in PJs and then we go around to different stations with the children. For example, one station we have teachers reading to the students so the parents/guardians can see the best way to interact with the kids as they read. We also have a craft station where children will make a bookmark to use at home. That is only a couple of the experiences I have had in my sons school, there are many more I can share with you if you would like to know them feel free to email me at j.hirschman@me.com

    Personal Statement

    After my first year as Co-President I heard the parents needs for an after school program, so for school year 2010-2011 I helped get the YMCA after school program in our school. With the help of my PA board and the volunteers in our school we put together a great annual tradition - a Fall BBQ and a Summer BBQ - fun is had by all not to mention they are both amazing fundraisers for the PA. I mention these two things because I listen to the parents/guardians of our school and I'll do the same for our District. I want to serve on the CEC because I feel I can make a great contribution to District 27. My past 2 years of experience with the PA and this past year serving as 2nd VP on the DPC has prepared me to be an effective member for the CEC of District 27. Not to mention I'm a HUGE proponent of technology in the schools, so I will make as many suggestions as possible to get tech incorporated in our District even with all these budget cuts looming. Where there is a will there is a way!

    Jennifer A Keys McNamara

    Qualifiying School:27Q065

    Applicant Background

    I have been an Executive Board Member of PS65Q PTA for the past 3 years. I have been on the School Leadership Team of PS65 for 10 years. I have been an Executive Board Member for District 27 Presidents Council for 2 years.This June will be my third year involved with Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. I have been a Learning Leader member for approximately 4 years.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve as a Community Education Council member because standards and regulations are constantly changing. I have been involved with the New York Public School System since 1994. Two weeks ago I registered my daughter for Universal PreK. I have a had child graduate out of District 75 and have one currently in general education recieving speech. Schools need to be functioning at their highest levels. What can we as parents do to help that along? The Department of Education is constantly reorganizing to help our students achieve, but this is never going to happen unless PARENTS get invovled and have a say in what is acceptable and what WE WILL NOT ACCEPT!!! I do not know EVERYTHING there is to know about CEC, PTA, or the DOE. I do know that I have the right to expect my child is recieving the best I can give them. My child deserves it and so does every other child.

    John Patrick Larkin

    Qualifiying School:27Q047

    Applicant Background

    Previously elected 2x to the CEC27 Worked 20+ years in the Non Profit sector always with a focus on Youth & Family

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC to make sure that families in our district have a resource and a support system to utilize when they are facing difficult situations insuring their child's education.

    Dawn Marie LoBello

    Qualifiying School:27Q210

    Applicant Background

    I am very active in my childrens schools. I am always just a phone call away

    Personal Statement

    I have served for the past 4 years and feel that I do good for the District and would like to continue to do so.

    Raymond W McNamara, Sr

    Qualifiying School:27Q202* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 30Q502)

    Applicant Background

    I am Executive Officer of the Marine Cadet program of the American Legion,Post 1404,Broad Channel,NY. We are not affiliated with the USMC,but are known to the Dept of the Navy and the Pentagon,our state and local representatives Joseph Addabbo,Eric Ulrich, Dan Halloran,Audrey Pheiffer,and many others. Some of the local events we help to organize are: Howard Beach Relay for Life,The American Cancer Society,Rolling Thunder Chapter 1,Independent Bikers of Queens,Toys4Tots Program,the annual blessing of the fleet and various community events when requested. The main purpose of the program is to teach self respect and discipline to our young people and to keep them away from the gangs and violence that have become all too common here. I am a proud member of The Patriot Guard, providing motorcycle escorts and security if needed at military funerals. I sit on the organizing committee of IBTFT,helping to run the Toys4Tots Run. I am a former vice president of the executive board of The Raymond York Elementary School,PS 65Q, former quartermaster of the NE 9/11 Memorial Foundation. I also worked side by side with the best this country has during the Rescue/Recovery and Recovery Missions at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks.

    Personal Statement

    I am the proud father of 5 children. 2 of them graduated from NYC Public Schools and went on to college. I currently have 2 more in NYC Public Schools and another starting in September. As you can tell, I have alot of reason to want the schools to improve considering my own children's futures depend on it. I am glad to see that there is now parental involvement in determining who sits on the CEC instead of the Committee alone voting on such an important matter. I know that I would be an effective member of the CEC because I have been through alot of different experiences in my life that I have learned from. I will NEVER back down when it comes down to what is best for our children and their schools. I have no political ambitions, and therefore I dont care what the "special interests" want. The bottom line is that this system is far from perfect, but it is what we have to work with. I am a no nonsense, in your face type of man who will aggressively act in the best interests of all of our children and I will not accept anything less from those around me. It is time to stop begging and start TELLING those in charge what our schools need and not stop until we get it. May God bless you, America, and our Schools!

    Brett A Scudder

    Qualifiying School:27Q333

    Applicant Background

    I am the Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Chair for Goldie Maple Academy, P.S./M.S. 333. I am the Civic and Community Engagement Chair for the Far Rockaway branch of the NAACP. I run an International Youth Leaders Advocates Network that promotes safety and security in our schools. I am the president/chairman/founder of SISFI, an organization that provides support, education, awareness, development and research of social/societal/economic intelligence on the sociological and psychological of abuse, bullying, domestic violence, suicide awareness and prevention, Technology and IT Security across all levels of our infrastructure (people, processes and technology). I am an advocate, advisor, liaison, community leader, public speaker, counselor, parent, mentor, IT Security Professional, Technology consultant and voice for the promotion of these issues and resources. My organization provides workshops, presentations, resources to help in addressing these issues across the country. I do public speaking, training and personal/professional development workshops all over the country to schools, business, parents, youths, administrators and C-Suite executives.

    Personal Statement

    Through my work and travels I have gotten to see the state of the educational system and learn more about the challenges, issues and impacts on the society as a whole. The problems being faced by our youths during their academic years and how we as parents, administrators, leaders and a society in general can help to enhance the effectiveness and values of learning in and outside of the school especially in the homes. Working with parents I have been able to help them understand the challenges of the youths in the schools and their role as parents in bridging the gaps that will remove the social and societal conflicts and issues we are seeing that are bringing more violence and callousness into the educational system. In bridging the gaps between parents and school administrators I am able to help to create better/safer learning environment for our youths. This knowledge I can bring to the CEC so as to help mitigate and create a more conducive learning environment in this new age and beyond. I love working with people and the youths as they are our present and future leaders, parents, advisors, professionals and community residents and if we cannot help them today then we've lost them for tomorrow.

    Alexanderia Siler

    Qualifiying School:27Q317

    Applicant Background

    I am currently serving on the Community Education Council for District 27. I have served on my daughter's School Leadership Team since the inception of the school. I have also been a Learning Leader for 3 years. As it stands, myself and other like minded parents and teachers are attempting to pilot an after school literacy program for students grade 1-4 to assist in preparation for the ELA exam while learning outside of the box and in doing so, assist school administration by supplementing education that can potentially be lost due to pending teacher lay offs.

    Personal Statement

    I'd like to continue serving on the Community Education Council for my district because there is still an enormous amount of work to be done in regard to parent involvement and there are environmental safety concerns in my district that need to be addressed with more tenacity. We as parents need to mobilize and demand transparency from the top decision makers while being tactful and respectful. The only way to do this is by being involved and staying involved. That's where the real problem lies. I am prepared to be the voice of those parents who are not able to attend public forums etc. while promoting other parents to come forward and demand change, again, with tact and respect. District 27 is the largest district in NYC and about half of our district is surrounded by or in close proximity to substantial bodies of water. In the event of a Natural disaster or terrorist attack, evacuation is left to the Principals and their Building Response Teams. Not acceptable. I am prepared to do what it takes to work with the appropriate agencies to create and implement a plan and finish it through fruition. I believe I am more than capable and willing to assist our district in achieving and maintaining a homeostatic learning environment.

    Janice M Sirgenti-Wilson

    Qualifiying School:27Q207

    Applicant Background

    Learning Leader Volunteer program 2009- present

    Personal Statement

    I believe i would be an asset to the CEC for the following reasons: - I am very articulate , and educated - I am a mom to 3 children(2 of which are special needs). -I feel it is important for parents to have input (and impact) on the quality of education their children recieve, we need to advocate for them, and make sure we take care of our future generation. - I want to be more involved with the community and the school programs, to set an example for others; perhaps even inspire(and empower) other parents.

    Charlyene YS Blunt

    Qualifiying School:27Q333

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the Queens Borough President's appointee to the council. I've been actively involved in teh Parent Involvement Committee and the Special Education Committee on the Council.

    Personal Statement

    I'dl ike to continue serving in the CEC becuase I believe that my involvement has made a great impact on what has occurred at our D 27 schools for the past two years. Parent involvement and awareness has increased and our schools are being highlighted for their achievements.



    Community Education Council - District 28

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    Abigail C Brown

    Qualifiying School:28Q117

    Applicant Background

    I have a 1st grader who has an IEP. I have been very active in his education and his school.

    Personal Statement

    I am the mother of a 1st grader with an IEP. I have been very active in his education both at school and at home. I feel I would be very effective on the council as I am familiar with all school programs as well as the IEP process and services.

    Estrella Caban

    Qualifiying School:28Q040

    Applicant Background

    I am currently participating as a volunteer in activities at PS 40 Q., member of the SLT, participated in the Learning Leaders Training to become a certified volunteer. I am a member of G.E.A.R a Support Group for Grandparents raising grandchildren auspiciated by Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica, a member of Kinship Caregivers, another Support Group under the direction of Lutheran Social Services, at both groups I promote the participation in the school to which the children attend as a way to bring more awareness of the children's needs. I do volunteer work at Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica doing office work and PR work like translation for their Ministers when they Preach to Spanish Communities, photography of the Ministers in action at different activities and posting on the internet Social Media. I have a daughter now 36 years old that was classified as SE and ELL , a son now 27 that was SE and another daughter that was not classified and part of General Education. I now have the custody of 2 grandchildren (my son's children) one SE the other GE.

    Personal Statement

    I am a member of a growing number of Kinship Caregivers, I am bilingual (English and Spanish) with a hi capacity for empathy that helps me better explain and communicate to people with certain difficulties and help them understand, without being transparent, the position and reasons of the directing body in the organizations that I serve. I have no problems presenting the position of both sides to one another to better and more peacefully come to an agreement that truly benefits both sides so that hopefully more can be accomplished, in this case, for the benefit of the children. I have learned a great deal through these experiences and wish to continue serving and learning in the hope that one day my grandchildren will also understand the need to be an active member of the community and do the same.

    Deborah Dillingham

    Qualifiying School:28Q167

    Applicant Background

    I have provided service to the educational community in various ways over the last several years. Contributions include: recently being elected to District 28's CEC to fill a vacant parent position; serving as District 28's Presidents' Council Vice President; serving as District 28's CPAC Representative; serving as P.A. President and a member of the SLT at my children's elementary school. I have an understanding of the special needs population and have attended workshops on Special Education offered in the district. I understand the IEP process, and have a firm understanding of a child's right to services and to a good education.

    Personal Statement

    I firmly believe that "all" students have the right to receive the best education that our community, district, city, and state can provide. I also believe that we should not offer a "cookie cutter" approach to education. Our dictate is to educate all types of students in nurturing and safe environments. We must teach our students to "read, write, and do arithmetic" and prepare them for all levels of education. All children have potential, and it is our responsibility as parents and educators to help all children achieve. If children have stumbling blocks, it is the parents and educators who must step in and provide the tools and services to help the children. Our children are our future, and it is our responsibility to keep children from falling through the cracks. The voice that we provide on the Community Education Council should be the voice of the parents in our district, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve on this committee for the upcoming two-year term.

    Sean Edwin

    Qualifiying School:28Q160

    Applicant Background

    I am a proud father of three beautiful children, ranging from 10yrs, 9yrs and 7yrs old. After looking at how involved parents were within their child's education and how they can help make a difference in supporting their children, teachers and the whole educational system, I wanted to be part of helping and pasing what ever knowledge I gained to other parents and/or guardians in and around my community in the district and state. I have been a Vice President at PS50Q D28 for one year and then was elected as the PTA President for three consective years.I have been elected as the Title I Representative for two years and currently replacing the current Representative. in addition with Title I, I have been elected as the Vice Chair of the CPAK Title I in D28 for two years. I have also been elected on the President Council of D28 for three years in the past. I have and till this day, have advocated for the children and parents/guardians in my community for five years, and I still continue to learn and communicate with my community and others, with protecting the rights of our families and empowering them with correct and informative information ,that can only excel our children in aquiring the ultimate goal as our future leaders.

    Personal Statement

    I would love the oppertunity to serve on the Community Education Council, to bring my knowledge and experiance, that can used to effectively help with our district's parents, guardians and children understand how this CEC can help them voice their concerns or answer any questions. To be there as an advocate to serve our district on every level possible. With a collective amount of minds, I am sure we can accomplish any hurdles that we as parents/guardians, can overcome.

    WillieFlora Gaines

    Qualifiying School:28Q082

    Applicant Background

    I volunteer to attend my son's trip. I regulaly attend parent meetings. I volunteered my time at my church for the Special Needs ministry.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the Community Education Council for several reason. One I would like to give back to my community by giving time to a worthy cause, such as decisons that may affect my community. Second I want to be a good role model to my son in showing him how important education is to the future of our community. Thirdly, I can learn more about the sytem of education instead of a book sense but actual experience.

    Khorshed Khandaker

    Qualifiying School:28Q117 

    Applicant Background

    Vice President PTA PS 152(x) 2004

    Personal Statement

    I want to ensure that the community comes together for the better of the school. I would feel proud to serve the community.

    Nancy Northrop

    Qualifiying School:28Q101

    Applicant Background

    I have been an active parent at P.S.101Q , voted in to serve several terms as Vice President of the Parents' Association and as a parent member of the School Leadership Team. I have also voluteered my time to serve as the school's After School Coordinator, have served as class parent for many years for both of my kids, and have helped with most of the activities in which the P.A. is involved. My desire to work to improve the quality of education that all children receive in the district has led me to be an active participant at both District 28 CEC meetings and at District 28 Presidents Council Meetings.

    Personal Statement

    I wish to serve on the CEC to ensure that all students and parents in the district have a voice on the Council. Having attended many CEC and Presidents Council meetings over the past several years, as well as the occasional PEP meeting, I have gained a broad understanding of the issues affecting not only District 28 but also the entire city. I have become a strong advocate for children and schools and, as a tireless researcher, I have tried to bring academic research and studies into District 28 discussions so that decisions can be made that are truly in the best interest of students within our district. Our children deserve the best education, and I hope to help them receive it!

    Linda Diane Suber

    Qualifiying School:28Q217

    Applicant Background

    While my children attended P.S.160Q I Started my civic work. My journey was as follows: I joined The Learning Leaders( where I was trained in the artworks volunteer program, This program targeted the third. grade students in the classroom introduction to art. I eventually applied for an open position on the PTA Executive Board as secretary. Moving on to 1st vice president. Finally I was given the opportunity to run and win the position of president of P.S.160Q. I also sat on The School Leadership Team. The other positions were; Title One Rep ,President of Presidents Council, as well as the District Leadership Team.

    Personal Statement

    I strongly believe the CEC needs veteran parents that bring to the table an array of experiences that will enhance and build a stronger team. As a parent leader I understand the concerns and needs of our district. I will always keep in mind the ultimate goal to make our schools a better place to learn.

    Francis J Swinand

    Qualifiying School:28Q101

    Applicant Background

    I have participated in the school's Earth Day event to raise money for the PA. I have chaperoned at several class trips and helped with many Holiday class events. Most recently I did a Power Point presentation for my son's 2nd grade class on the current events in Japan. The presentation taught geography, science, social awareness, and empowered the children that they could make a difference by showing their support of their Japanese peers by sharing artwork and donating school supplies to them. My son has cousin's in Sendai, Japan who were directly affected by the crisis there. The children were very enthusiastic and are planning on adopting the school in Sendai as a sister school. The class parents, PA, and principal are very supportive of the ongoing project.

    Personal Statement

    One of my concerns living in this community is that many people love the elementary education in the area but complain about the middle school and high school or move out of the area. I would like to see a better transition for the community to stay intact as the children in our school and the parents are very proactive and have a great sense of community. Also the great results as PS101 should spread to the schools in our district.

    Kathryn E Thome

    Qualifiying School:28Q144

    Applicant Background

    CEC 28 Background Statement KATHRYN THOME My name is Kathryn Thome and I have been an active parent since my youngest daughter started public school in 2004. I am seeking my 3rd term on CEC District 28. As a member of the CEC, I co-chaired the Metro Campus Task Force for the DOE and voted YES on the Middle School Choice resolution in the spring of 2010. I also sat on the Hillside Community Partnership working with the school community and the Office Portfolio Planning to ensure that PS 182 will be moved to a new building in 2012 from a leased space. In addition, I consistently attend a local Civic Association monthly meeting as well as Community Board 6 to keep abreast of what is happening in the community. I also serve on the SLT for both of my daughter's schools as well as being an active part of the PA/PTA.

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the CEC for District 28 for the past 4 years. During that time I have visited many schools and met many principals, parents, parent leaders, teachers and students. By attending truncation hearings, incubation hearings, town hall meetings, phase out hearings, I have seen parents who consistently and admirably advocate for their children. I am exceedingly proud of the work that I have done with my fellow CEC members for the past 4 years. There has been change in our District. For example, the Middle School Choice resolution was passed in the spring of 2010 by CEC 28. Though it was not well received by a few, I truly believe that giving parents and students a choice and simplifying the process was the best option for our district. I am passionate about education. I like being able to help parents who are struggling trying to navigate the exceedingly complicated DOE. I'm committed to a public school education for my children. I am a product of the public school system and I believe in it. I have been involved in my children's education from the beginning. I want the best possible education for ALL of our children, and for me, being involved is one way to ensure that.

    Josianne G Trahan

    Qualifiying School:27Q202* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 30Q502)

    Applicant Background

    learning leaders@20yrs., pta pres., pres. council

    Personal Statement

    serving on CEC now for two years, I have been trying to complete the tasks of providing services for children in my district. We've come a long way and I want to continue providing the services that our children need to succeed.

    Sandra Williams

    Qualifiying School:28Q284

    Applicant Background

    I am an active NYC Public School parent leader in Districts 28/29 for over 15 years. Proud biological mother of five sons: two graduated from Queens Gateway attending Stony Brook University; two attending schools in District 28: Queens Gateway and York Early College Academy; one attending Queens Prep Academy in District 29. Three sons are general education students and two receiving special education services. President of District 28 President Council and over the years held leadership roles as PTA Corresponding/Recording Secretaries, Treasurer, VP, President and currently one of the longest serving President/Co-President of Queens Gateway PTA; Chair of Queens Gateway's SLT and Title I; Chair of District 28 Parent Advisory Council for school year 2009-2010; former President/Co-President of Queens High School President Council, Duke Ellington Elementary School (PS 140Q) and Arthur Ashe Elementary School (PS 161Q); past Treasurer of M.S. 8Q.; former member of the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) where I chaired the Bylaws Committee in 2007-2008. Fully trained by United Parents Associations (UPA) and the Urban League. Founder and Executive Director of a NYS certified Not-For-Profit Charitable Organization.

    Personal Statement

    It's time to invigorate parent involvement in NYC. Public School parents need a few veteran parent leaders who travelled the path, know the history, can stand up/represent at every arena and one that assist and support parents, FIRST. You need leaders who work hard and play by the rules -- and I have been, beyond your wildest dreams. It's time for all parent groups to offer real answers to the real problems that our schools are facing and speak frankly about what is not happening in our schools and find real resolutions. We must bring an end to just talk…let's ACT. To turn our schools around, we've got to listen to our parents, empower every parent with the education and training essential to help their child get ahead. We need to build a vibrant, innovating, organization in which every parent wins by becoming more productive. My experiences walking with my children from elementary through college, working with general education and special education policies, and my involvement in the community has given me a unique perspective on the pains and challenges parents face. If elected, I promise to give my all to my elected position and make sure your issues and concerns are fully addressed at all times.



    Community Education Council - District 29

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    Ordean Babb

    Qualifiying School:29Q268

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    i will like to be more active in the schools with the kids. and also i am a concern guardian so i would like to become closer to what is going on in the community.

    Joanne Bouillon-Middleton

    Qualifiying School:29Q231

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the president of the Parents Association at I.S. 231. I have organized a school clean-up effort and have partnered with local parks organizations to offer our students opportunities to perform community service. I have also partnered with another environmental organization that will feature our students service efforts on their website and will also assist us in establishing a community garden in the Rosedale/Springfield Gardens community.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I would like to be a voice of positive/productive change and improvement in the quality of education all children deserve.

    Michelle Norma Brown

    Qualifiying School:29Q037

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    I feel having not been educated within the NYC school system I would bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to assist the school prinicipal. Children are our future and it is their right to have the best education NYC can offer them to suceed in their future lives.I am passionate about education as it is the key to success.

    Kelly Cantave-Cooke

    Qualifiying School:29Q327

    Applicant Background

    I have been the PTA President & SLT at my daughter's school TYWLS (896) since 7th grade -12th grade. I have advocated for students, parents, and teachers for 6yrs at TYWLS. Iam also presently on the President council for the middle school. I have sponsored Parent workshops & Student workshops , Teacher appreciation day & school dances. I made sure that children with IEPS's receive services. When TYWLS did not have a special Ed teacher, nor a speech Therapist, I contacted the appropriate authority to hire the Special Ed teachers needed to serve students. I contacted businesses in the communities to give our children community service . I have brought forth concerns with students who were shorted electives because they were receiving services. This has been resolved. My son attends Eagle Academy IIi, since September. I am heavily involved at the School. I helped with the process of started the first PA by-laws and 1st election for the new board. I have consulted the board with the Chancellors Rules and Regulations. My son has an IEP and I am ensuring that services are maintained for our young men. I am the consultant for the present board.

    Personal Statement

    I went full speed ahead along with my board members and parents for support to help get TYWLS their own official building by attending several meetings with Building Portfolio & Building construction, &CEC meetings. It was a struggle that went on for 3 yrs, but at the end we pursevered.I never gave up along with my supporters. I have conducted several food drives for the poor and needy. I have also conducted a clothing drive and have the students participate. I have created several committees to enhance parent involvement. Dads with Voices, Graduation Committee, parent class Coordinators. introduce the school to College Now courses, fought to return AP classes to students and the Honor Roll. We have implemented Student of the month for different categories. I have always been an advocate for our children and our school district. I feel I have the experience and means to make a difference. I have worked with several individuals and dept. to ensure wrong doings are resolved.. I have worked on issues with OFEA, Superintendent, Borough of Family Advocate, and President Councils. I will never fail our children, parents and school leaders. I will not give up until I get the job done that is requested of me.

    Dawn Carter-McDonald

    Qualifiying School:29Q132

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the 2nd Vice-President of Community District Education Council 29. I am also a Learning Leader.

    Personal Statement

    I am currently the 2nd Vice-President of the Community Education Council for District 29 and wish to continue my service to the school community. Serving these past two years has been an eye opener for me. I have learned from and worked with exceptional council members. We work to advocate on behalf of the District as well as be a resource for the community. We have troubling times ahead with the tremendous budgets cuts coming our way, which may result in teacher layoffs as well as increase classroom size. There is much work to be done to make sure our children receive the education they deserve and I want to continue to fight for our children. We should not accept a mediocre education for our children. We must demand that our children get the best education possible and I will continue to work towards that goal.

    Ainesse G Desir

    Qualifiying School:29Q238

    Applicant Background

    The PTA have been running a monthly movie night, we have discovered it is attracting the same crowd, the "good" kids. We are happy it turned out to be a reward for them. I have spoken to most of these students. They enjoy tremendously coming out to these social events

    Personal Statement

    This is the first year i became active in my children school like many parents i would attend the PTA meetings occasionally. Working with the PTA I have a different view working behind the trenches with the school, the parents and the kids. I have a better understanding how things come about. It has been an experience I hope many parents would experience if for anything to see the importance their voice and presence and the difference it makes. Personally, the children i interact with they are eager to share with me their progress in their school work especially when they have done well in a special project. And i equally show the same eagerness and stress the importance of working hard. Overall, I know i have grown both as parent and person.

    Larry D Edwards

    Qualifiying School:29Q015

    Applicant Background

    In addition to being employed for many years in the social service sector coordinating services with individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs, I have served as a liason assisting parents and school Transitional Coordinators with accessing appropriate services and programs for students with disabilities during and post their public school educational careers. Personally (as a parent) I have served as both a PTA / PA and SLT member at my children's former elementary school. I have served as a mentor to a number of children and adolescents as well as have been gainfully employed in child protective services, wherein i advocated on behalf of my constituency and their family in both the educational and legal setting. By way of my several years of employment in the social service sector, I have gained invaluable knowledge, training and skill in the realm of childhood and adolescent development.

    Personal Statement

    I wish to serve on a Community Education Council as a proponent who desire to affect positive change in the educational measures and attainment of all New York City children. I feel I would be affective because I am an informed parent who currently interfaces with the educational system on many levels and thus have tremendous insight regarding the challenges which continue to impede the educational success of the children.

    Lorraine Alberta Gittens-Bridges

    Qualifiying School:29Q270* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 26Q495)

    Applicant Background

    I am the Co-President for Bayside High School PTA, I am the Recording Secretary for the Queens High School President's Council, I serve as the High School Representative for the District Leadership Team for District 29. I served as the former Co-Chairperson for the Chancellor Parent Advisory Council and served as the Treasurer and Recording Secretary for CPAC. I served as the President of the President's Council for District 29 and the District Leadership Team and the President and Co-President for the P.S./I.S 270 PTA and the School Leadership Team. I am the current President of the Queens Community PTA/PTSA.

    Personal Statement

    I learned through my experience serving as the current Queens High School President Council Representative to the District Leadership Team - D29 and the former President, President Council District 29, we can't wait for superman to help prepare all of our children for high school, college and careers. The foundation must be laid and developed in the Pre-K-8 Division, not high school. This Council must develop a shared vision and a sense of urgency by working effectively with the President's Council, PA/PTA's and SLT's to help access the supplemental needs of our children and schools. These needs must be communicated to the community so we can help pool our collective funds and resources to help provided every child with a well-rounded education. I feel I will be effective because I have the experience, passion, committment, and focus to help build effective partnerships that will lead to measurable outcomes for all of our children. We Can Become One of The Best District's in NYC. Our Children Deserve Our Best Efforts To Make This Goal Happen !!!!

    James Goveia, Sr.

    Qualifiying School:29Q136

    Applicant Background

    As a member of the Executive Board of the P.S. 136Q PTA for the past four years as Treasurer, President, and now as its current Co-President, and as a member of the District 29 President's Council where I serve as the First Vice President I have had the opportunitiy to attend a number of our children's events. From our Pajama Literacy nights, Math Nights, Science and Health Fairs at P.S. 136Q to our annual scholarship dinner, I have seen the success of our children in both their acadmic undertaking and their ability to shine as they express themselves creatively. I also have had the joy of attending our school's Father's Third Thursday and work with the children and their male role models as they both strive to create a stronger bond that will lead them to be stronger leaders as they grow. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., I have had the chance to work with young men to to think of things they love, such as basketball, and help them see it as a business that they can help grow and thrive not only as players but also as executives within these organizations. I hope to continue building upon these efforts as time moves on.

    Personal Statement

    The Community Education Council serves as a voice for our communities as we work to get all that is due to the residents of southeast queens for our childrens' education. Through the organizations I belong to I want to continue to fight for equity for our children in their education. But it will take additional efforts and those who with others are committed to receiving the best for our district. I am hoping to take some of the success we have had at P.S. 136 as it pertains to involving our male role models and working with others on the council and help to mature those efforts throught the district. I can be effective as a member of the Council simply because there is no other option. Our children need us to shout for them and obtain the tools and faciliites they need to succeed not only in our communities but also as they go on to other levels of their education.

    Alicia Hyndman

    Qualifiying School:29Q059

    Applicant Background

    I have served on CDEC 29 for the past four years.

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the Community District Education Council for the past four years and although it's a volunteer position, I am constantly rewarded knowing that I am serving the students, parents, teachers, administrators, and principals of District 29. I see the CDEC as a platform for our parents to advocate for the implementation of resources in our district. It is important to advocate not just for my child, but for every child in this district and in public education. If I am fortunate enough to be elected to CDEC 29 for another term, I will continue to serve the District 29 community to the best of my ability.

    William Donald Perkins, Jr.

    Qualifiying School:29Q208

    Applicant Background

    I am participating in the following community activities: 1) Community Education Council 29 (Vice President) 2) Rosedale Civic Association, Inc. (President and Board Chairman) 3) Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. (Member)

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue my service on the CEC 29 so that I can continue to serve School District 29. The children and parents in our district need experienced and committed individuals to advocate for them and their educational needs. Having served on the Council for the last four years, I have learned how the DOE operates, and I can use this knowledge to ensure that our students, parents, and school voices are heard. There is a lot that must been done in our district to ensure that our children receive an education that prepares them for the future. As a parent of two School District 29 students, I owe it to them, and the other kids in district to continue working on this goal.

    Carole N Pieters

    Qualifiying School:29Q176

    Applicant Background

    I am actively involved in my children school activities and volunteer two-three days per a week in the classroom and lunch periods.

    Personal Statement

    Coming from a teaching background (1-8th grade), contributing to my nieces and nephews up bringing (they are now in their mid 20's- early 30's) and currently have young children of my own I want to continue to be active in their lives and my surrounding community. While in college I held a seat on the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee at Medgar Evers College (2009-2010), worked closely with faculty and staff in addition to being one of nine on the Presidential Search Committee (2009). It would be my honor in contributing my skill set to the public sector in New York City since my children will be a part of the sector for many years to come.

    DeVora Ann Watson

    Qualifiying School:29Q116* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 25Q281)

    Applicant Background

    I once served on the Community School Board of District 29. Active Co-Chairperson for a program named "Project Hope" where we did an first time ever event having an book published titled "Life is an Project". Active Learning Leader did an televised interview with Barbara Copeland on a segment about Learning Leaders. Advocate for the Homeless.

    Personal Statement

    My reason for wanting to serve on a Community Education Council I want to improve the quality of our school system.

    Ericka Lisa Williams

    Qualifiying School:29Q116

    Applicant Background

    I have not done much but I do know that I care and can be very useful to any council. I have a attend several CDEC 29 council meetings and PTA meetings at my children's school. I also was on a special committee to review and revised the PS 116 Queens PTA/PA By-Laws.

    Personal Statement

    I just want to help, my kids are attending a Title 1 school and even though that is a benefit to some I am alarmed at what was going on in the community. I want to help the teachers with anything I can to make their job better to assist our kids.

    Valerie Williams-Charles (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:29Q700

    Applicant Background

    My job involves me conducting outreach and instruction to organizations that have an interest in providing financial education to diverse constituencies, including youth. Several years ago, my agency in partnership with the New York City Department of Employment (Summer Youth Employment Program), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and banks developed a citywide initiative to provide youth (ages 14-21) with financial education instruction that covered money management, savings, credit worthiness, and shopping for credit. Other than the direct benefit to the student population that participated in these instructor-led classroom activities, one by-product was that the youth (many who were ESL students) became resourceful as change agents for their parents in helping them adopt sound money management principals and practices. As a parent, I have participated in PTA meetings at I.S. 59 and Pathways College Preparatory School (my older son is a senior this year). I currently serve on the NHS of Jamaica, Inc. (a not-for-profit organization) board, and serve in a leadership position (as an Elder) at my church. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a post-graduate degree in Community Economic Development.

    Personal Background

    I am interested in serving on the Community Education Council because I recognize the importance of reaching youth early on to encourage them to initiate behavioral changes and to establish a sound foundation in order to make informed decisions as they go through life. My day-to-day professional work routinely involves research, analysis and assessment; participating in and organizing of stakeholders sharing common interests; educating and mentoring; establishing program/project missions, goals and objectives; setting viable timelines, outcomes and measurements to validate programs and projects. I am confident hat my background, skills, and abilities coupled with my personal interests qualifies me as a good candidate, and that I would bring valued-added insights into the process.



    Community Education Council - District 30

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    Helena Akhtar

    Qualifiying School:30Q141

    Applicant Background

    I have completed a Master's Degree in History at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. My Oldest daughter receives Enlish as a sencond language support and my younger son attends a Gifted and Talented program.

    Personal Statement

    I have been an active member of Community District Education Council 30 for more than a year, serving on the Zoning Committee and Celebration Committee and I want to continue the good work that the Council has started. I represent the Asian community and bring their concerns to the public eye. I am a supporter of the public school system and believe in the value and necessity of district schools. Parents must play a role in the success of their children and it is important for that message to be relayed. Working through the Community District Education Council, I am able to spread that message to all parents. I have been able to advocate for zoning changes that best serve our students as well as keeping a watchful eye on overcrowding and building utilization.

    Ernest Brooks

    Qualifiying School:30Q580

    Applicant Background

    I have been actively involved in my daughter's schooling at PS78, IS 141, and now the Baccalaureate School. I have worked extensively with ELL students, previously in an after school music program at PS 78 and presently helping run afternoon homework help and music sessions at the Ravenswood Houses in Queens. This is part of a family literacy program that receives support from the Queens Library. I have been on the CEC for District 30 for 6 years and feel I am able to work well with the other members of the council in our efforts to get the Department of Ed to listen and respond to the needs of parents.

    Personal Statement

    I feel that I have accumulated enough experience dealing with the complex challenges facing our District's schools to continue to be of help. The budget cuts that we our currently facing are outrageous considering the wealth that is being accumulated by Wall Street. We have to work together to constantly pressure our local, state, and federal representatives into making our children's education a number one priority. If re elected I will continue work hard as part of the fine,effective team that the CEC for this district has become. While our power is limited, we can serve as an important conduit for communicating parents' concerns to the often daunting bureaucracy of the Department of Ed, and, hopefully, occasionally getting some real positive changes made.

    Isaac Carmignani

    Qualifiying School:30Q227* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 26Q415)

    Applicant Background

    07/01-06/04 PS 122Q School Leadership Team 07/02-06/03 PS 122Q PTA Vice President 07/03-06/05 PS 122Q PTA Co-President 07/06-06/09 Louis Armstrong Middle School, School Leadership Team 07/08-06/09 CEC 30 2nd Vice President 07/09-06/11 CDEC 30 President/Co-President

    Personal Statement

    Over the past eleven years of working as a parent leader I have learned much regarding the needs of parents and children. As President of a Community Education Council I have forged many relationships with parents, some community organizations and staff at the Department of Education. I would like to build on these relationships and use this acquired knowledge in the coming Council term to continue bringing quality advocacy to District 30.

    Rose Dauge

    Qualifiying School:30Q017

    Applicant Background

    I have been an active member of the Parents' Association for 5 years at my daughters school. I have held the position of Treasurer, Secretary, Vice president and currently President of this years P.A. I have also been a Learning Leader in the school helping children to do math and learn to improve their reading skills.

    Personal Statement

    My daughter is graduating this year, and I would still like to feel as part of a team for the better of the students and the schools. My background with the volunteer experience i think will make me an asset to the CEC.

    Jeffrey Richard Guyton

    Qualifiying School:30Q150

    Applicant Background

    I've been on the CDEC for District 30 in Queens since the start of the CDEC process. This year I am Co-President of CDEC 30.

    Personal Statement

    As president I have been able to both guide and follow an excellent council. We have had good success representing families and children in our district in zoning for Jackson Heights. I was proud of how diligent we went out to the schools and listened to the concerns and passions of parents and then pressed the DOE to consider their concerns. We are working hard on issues of safety for our children walking to school, working for healthy and delicious food in the cafeterias, and passing along the need for resources our schools need to our local politicians. I am working now to make sure that parents of PS 111 are represented fairly in their desire for justice as the Department of Education seeks to expand Voices Charter School into the building. We want to make sure PS 111 receives the financial and educational resources they deserve for their children also. It is sometimes difficult in pressing our childrens' needs against a DOE that sometimes seems deaf to parent's concerns. A mix of experienced members and new energy from fresh faces on the council is best. I hope very dearly to be able to continue representing our children in all of our struggles to get the very best for them.

    Karla J Jacome

    Qualifiying School:30Q011

    Applicant Background

    Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to be involved in any school, or community activity. As a P.S. 11 alumni with my child just beginning her education with the NYC Public Schools system, I see this as the opportunity I was looking for to give back!

    Personal Statement

    As a Latina I am aware of the difficulty many families face while educating their children. I know that a great part of the problem is that many parents simply rely on the school system to teach their child, and make ends meet with cutbacks due to a tough economy. As parents, we have a great deal more to be accountable for. I take pride in the fact that my daughter is able to attend that same school that provided me with the initial tools I needed to become a successful student and later in life a professional. If I had the opportunity to join the Community Council, I would use my role to help involve parents. Being bilingual would provide my an extra edge to help bridge the gap that perhaps many parents use as an excuse to -not knowing how to help- or &how to be involved-. The love for my children and my community in addition to my professional skills would translate into a successful run as a Community Council member. Thank you for your time.

    Valarie LaMour

    Qualifiying School:30Q166

    Applicant Background

    I am a parent member of QPS 166's SLT and I sit on the Community Education Council District 30.

    Personal Statement

    I currently serve on the CECD30 and feel that I have already been an effective advocate of schools in our district. I have tackled many concerns that our parents have about our schools and have helped guide parents in understanding the way the DOE works. And also helped on Re-zoning part of our district.

    Michael McCoy

    Qualifiying School:30Q126* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 28Q687)

    Applicant Background

    Currently CECD30 Member

    Personal Statement

    I enjoy work with the school help the child.

    Michelle Denise Noris

    Qualifiying School:30Q085

    Applicant Background

    I have been volunteering for my entire life. As a teenager I worked with children who lived at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, visiting and tutoring math. As a young mother, I was in charge of maintenance for our community nursery. I served as the president, treasurer and registrar for our not-for-profit day camp. As a professional engineer I have done pro-bono work for public schools and arts organizations. This year I worked on CDEC 30, focusing on arts opportunities for middle schools and acting as the council's resident engineer as we considered facilities related issues. I currently have a child in the city wide gifted program, a child with an IEP who is physically disabled, and a child who, after 9 years of general education , is a junior in a specialized high school. I am a product of the public school system in New York City and have a Masters degree in Civil Engineering.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that I offer a well-rounded view of our public schools. Being an engineer with mostly not-for-profit clients in New York City for over 20 years, I offer technical expertise that is valuable to the Council. I am a good team member, working passionately with kindness and humor. Our public schools are essential to the ongoing health of our city. Societies with strong education systems are physically healthier, economically stronger, and suffer from fewer social ills such as crime. Making our public schools the best they can be today is not just our moral and ethical obligation, it is right way to care for our city in the long term. I want to be part of that effort.

    Marius Rock Titus

    Qualifiying School:30Q145

    Applicant Background

    A FORMER TEACHER FROM KINDER GARTEN LEVEL TO COLLEGE LEVEL. PRESENTLY A CEC MEMBER IN DISTRICT 30 COMPLETING MY FIRST TERM. PARTICIPATED ACTIVELY IN FORGING AND VOTING FOR RESOLUTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN . THIS INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING THE PANEL FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICIES ON ISSUES RANGING FROM SCHOOL CLOSING TO CLASS SIZE REDUCTION, ADVOCATING FOR MASSIVE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, FIGHTING FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY IN OUR SCHOOLS, FIGHTING TO ENSURE EVERY SCHOOL HAS A N AUDITORIUM AND A GYMNASIUM. WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT IF REELECTED.

    Personal Statement



    Community Education Council - District 31

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    Steven Beck

    Qualifiying School:31R056

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of CEC D 31

    Personal Statement

    I would love to serve the children and parents of district 31 again. As a group we have accomplished a great deal. We need to keep pushing forward with the parents and other elected officials in our district. In the up coming years, we are going to need a strong CEC, to combat the mayor and his mayoral controll. I have proven that I can bring a voice of reason to the table,and that I will fight for the students. With my bussiness skills and now 2 years as a CEC member, my knowledge of the N Y C department of education is growing every day. In short I would LOVE to serve district 31 again.

    Kara Buzga

    Qualifiying School:31R080

    Applicant Background

    I am a hands on, interactive parent and have volunteered for many different assignments and committees including: Class Mom; (multiple years); Scholastic Book Fairs volunteer; pizza fundraiser volunteer / coordinator; Box Top Coordinator; PTA volunteer (two different schools); Museum of Natural History trip coordinator and ticket generator; elected School Leadership Team member (for two different schools); grant writing committee Coordinator and member. In addition I coordinated educational environmental boat tours, of Staten Island, with the North Shore Waterfront Conservancy (a non for profit) and brought the collaborative outside the box thinking educational experience to two different schools. Other partnerships include Audubon, New York; NYC Parks Department; One Million Trees Program; NY/NJ Baykeepers; SI Children's Museum; New York State Soil and Water Conservation Society; Soil Scientist Richard Shaw; NY State Department of Energy; Recycling partnerships; animal partnerships; science lab partnerships, and others.

    Personal Statement

    As a parent I accept as true that my first job is to be a teacher to my children. I believe in the goal, and support the BoE's efforts, of increasing the quality of education of our children. For these reasons, I wish to participate on a CEC Board. At heart I am an advocate of Dr. Marie Montessori that education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the child and is acquired not only by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. I am fortunate that both my children attend a school that shares this philosophy. The Michael J. Petrides School is committed to creating an environment for learning that nurtures the whole child -- mind, body and spirit. I have many partnerships with non for profits who are eager to bring outside the box, collaborative, educational experiences to the student. In this regard I believe that my partnerships with these non for profits as well as my grant writing research skills could have a beneficial impact on other schools. I am willing to serve and eager to learn how to be a more effective volunteer. I feel I would be effective in this regard because I have been allowed the opportunity to bring some of these partnerships to Petrides and they have been successful.

    Peter John Calandrella

    Qualifiying School:31R080

    Applicant Background

    I have had the pleasure and important role of serving as a CEC 31 member for the past 4 years. During my time with the CEC I have served as a 2nd Vice President and have continued to hold the responsibility as the Counsel's Parlimentarian and Chair the Physical Fitness and Education Committee as well as serve as the co-chair of several other CEC committees. I have served on The Petrides SLT and been involved in a wide variety of school and community based events both as a parent and as a member of CEC 31. As an attorney, I also donate my time and skills to non-profit agencies and parents when asked too. I look forward to continuing the work I started 4 years ago and to grow as a community advocate for the children and parents of Staten Island District 31.

    Personal Statement

    I am a licensed and practicing Attorney here in the NYC area. Beyond my profession I am also a proud husband and father of 4 children, 3 of which are in the NYC Public School system already and one who will be entering in a few years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, I was educated in the NYC Public School system and gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue a college education and ultimately a law school education. I owe my success in life to my parents and my teachers. I want for my children and the children of Staten Island the quality education that I received and more. Through the knowledge and skills I have gained personally and professionally I have a lot to offer as a Education member and have had the pleasure to serve over the last 4 years. It would be a continued honor and priviledge to serve as an Education member and continue to grow as an advocate for District 31. I enjoy what I do as it makes a difference for all of our children. I truly believe that through our advovacy CEC 31 over the past 4 years has brought great change to this District during extremely difficult times and I know I will continue to advocate and fight for District 31 during the challenging times ahead.

    Tamica M. Fairley

    Qualifiying School:31R057

    Applicant Background

    I am the P.T.A. Secretary at my sons' school and a delegate to the Staten Island Federation of P.T.A.'s. I actively participate with our Title One Parent Advisory Council. I am also involved with the School Leadership team and support our elected parent representatives to the team. I have current experience with both General Education and Special Education student populatons both as a parent and as a tutor for two SES providers.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because our school's parent body has not been represented at this level for at least the past five years. I believe our parents deserve a voice at the district level and I would like to represent them. The individual members of our P.T. A. Executive Board share a passion for giving our children a well-balanced education that includes math and science enrichment, music, performance arts, sports, foreign language instruction and recess. We are concerned because the DOE's decision to excess a dozen of our teachers and staff left our students all but bereft of these beneficial programs. I would like to be in a position to relay helpful information from our CEC meetings that would educate our parent leaders on how they can support the school in providing more opportunities for students' personal and cultural development despite the staffing shortage. It would also be a privilege for me to be in a position to help shape policy that would positively impact the student experience in our district's schools.

    Ting Lei

    Qualifiying School:31R041

    Applicant Background

    When I was studying moral development for my Ed.D. under the auspices of Lawrence Kohlberg at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the 1980s, I was involved in his alternative school programs in New York City as well as in Boston and learned how to stimulate students' moral reasoning and build their character. I applied this approach in Taiwan before I assumed a teaching position at the City University of New York (CUNY), where I have been conducting research on adolescent students' school achievement and life adjustment. Currently I serve as a co-principal investigator of a New York City Educational Project called “Aiming for Scholastic Success: Community and Culture Contributions”. This project is intended to motivate students in general, but particularly, disadvantaged students, to do well. In addition, I have been representing my campus to work with CUNY's Psychology Discipline Council (also known as the Chairs' Council) in overseeing psychology curricula and facilitating students' transfers. To improve social science education for the city as a whole, I have been serving as an advisor on the Steering Committee at the New York Academy of Sciences.

    Personal Statement

    The first reason for my service at CEC31 is to turn my personal pain into a group gain. I learned how the public school system operates in New York City through hard lessons, including participant and bystander observations of my son, three step-children, and other students' (dis-) engagement in public education. As a NYC public school teacher myself, I have come to realize that this education system functions like a four-legged table, of which teachers are one of the legs, while students, administrator, and parents comprise the other three. The weakness of any of the four legs would compromise the structural integrity of the table, while its stability requires the strength of all of the four legs. Working for over a decade at a college which is located 50 feet away from the #1 elementary school (PS234) and 100 feet away from the best high school (Stuyvesant), I have learned what is and is not effective in making public schools work. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to apply the successful strategies learned from some successful Manhattan schools to improve public schools in Staten Island as a whole.

    Franca Okeiche

    Qualifiying School:31R048

    Applicant Background

    Reading Volunter with Staten Island Mental Health Society at PS 48. Breast-Feeding Mentor Vlolunter Richmond County Hospital. Working with immigrant families to support theor transition to self-sufficiency. Member of the Cultural Awareness and Competence Committee.

    Personal Statement

    I am running to serve on a community education council because I will be committed to the service. My commitment will help me to motivate other parents through teamwork in our community to support schools in our district . My effectiveness will enhance inclusive communication, cultural awareness and respect for the diversity of the population we serve. I help to maintain an environment of integrity, openness and respect for all who join our efforts to secure the best services for our children and families. I am running because it will be an opportunity for me to serve among other great leaders to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our communities.

    Sam Pirozzolo

    Qualifiying School:31R031

    Applicant Background

    I have served as a member of Community Education Council 31 for 4 years. I have advocated successfully for general education, gifted and special education students. I have developed an excellent working relationship with the Department of Education and local politicians on Staten Island. As the president of CEC 31 I was able to bring new programs to Staten Island. These new programs include the Middle School Scholars Program, the new Dyslexia program which will begin in September 2011. I have successfully advocated for the removal of all PCB containing light ballasts at PS 36. I was a co-author to the amicus brief which was part of a successful legal battle against the DoE to restore school bus service to Staten Island students. Although Staten Island has won this trial two times, Mayor Bloomberg has refused to put our school busses back in service to our students. I would like very much to be able to complete this battle with the city.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue to serve on the CEC because I feel that I have been very effective in my advocating for Staten Island students. At the moment we have two new schools to be built on Staten Island; the school at the Doctor's Hospital site and a new school on the South Shore. Staying on as a CEC member will allow me to be sure the DoE provides all of the services and technology that they promised for these new schools.

    Michael Reilly

    Qualifiying School:31R055

    Applicant Background

    Currently serve as an elected parent member of Community Education Council 31 Currently a member of the P.S. 55R School Leadership Team Division Director/Manager -YMCA Youth Baseball

    Personal Statement

    I am seeking your support to continue as a member of Community Education Council 31 (district school board) advocating for the 58,000 Staten Island public elementary and intermediate school students and their parents with the New York City Department of Education. I currently serve as Community Education Council 31 Treasurer and Co-Chairman of the Transportation & Safety Committee. The Transportation & Safety Committee has developed a strong working relationship with our Staten Island elected officials, the Department of Education's Office of Pupil Transportation, District 31 Administrators, NYC Police Department,the NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Transit Authority and private yellow bus companies. It would be a privilege to continue advocating for the students and parents of Staten Island as an elected member of Community Education Council 31. Sincerely, Michael Reilly

    Dulcemaria Rivera

    Qualifiying School:31R057

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    i have been through so much, learning delayed the communication with teachers i could help improve certain criteria be the voice to those who cant speak for themselves i want to learn moreto help those who cant help themselves

    Angelic Sealy

    Qualifiying School:31R058

    Applicant Background

    I am a member of the Title One Committee at my son's school.

    Personal Statement

    I think it is important that parent have a voice in the education of their children. Parents sometimes feel more comfortable talking to each other. Therefore I feel that being on the council will help me help my fellow parents.

    Frank Squicciarini

    Qualifiying School:31R053

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of the Community Education Council District 31 since July, 1, 2007. I currently Co-Chair the D-31 Transportation Safety Committee. Children's safety at school and to and from school is a very paramount issue to me. Another one of my priorities has been working very diligently on school overcrowding and trying to reduce class size on Staten Island. I am currently advocating for more Capital funding (funds to build schools) be placed in the current Five Year Capital Plan for Staten Island. I was successful in having an additional 435 seats added to Staten Island's current 5 year Capital Plan last year for the building of an additional school. My personal feeling is that if Staten Island is over 6% of the school population in New York City, then our Capital Funds should be 6% every year so Staten Island receives its fair share of funding. I have helped to resolve the PCB issue at Staten Island schools and I am currently working with other CEC members to return Yellow School Bus service to 7th and 8th grade children on Staten Island.

    Personal Statement

    I feel that I would be an asset to the Community Education Council, as well as to the parents of Staten Island and District 31, who are seeking my help. I will utilize my knowledge, skills, abilities, and enthusiasm to help the children, parents, and all parties associated with the educational issues of Staten Island. As a retired police Sergeant from the NYPD (see resume below), I feel that I can continue to be a helpful and successful CEC member who can bring, loyalty, tenacity, and commitment to the people of Staten Island and the City of New York. I will make myself available to the parents, children, and anyone in need of my help or services as I have always done over the past four years.

    Michael Varriano

    Qualifiying School:31R053

    Applicant Background

    Past Member of Community Board 1 SI-NY Past President of the ST Bernardino Italian Society SI -NY and Past Condo Board President of Arcadia Gardens Condo Si-NY .

    Personal Statement

    I have been a Staten Islander all my life and now have a child in the New York City public School system. I would be happy to serve on Communnity Education Council 31 to oversee and make sure every student is getting the proper education they deserve.



    Community Education Council - District 32

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    Victorina Lugo

    Qualifiying School:32K296

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved in the school community for over 32 years. In 1982 I became part of the PTA executive board of my child's school. Over the years I held numerous positions, became active in my community as a block leader-of 3 blocks. Until today I'm involved holding the position as the CEC President, becoming a voice for the parents, students, community its been a reward to me to continue participating advocating for what really matters-quality education.

    Personal Statement

    I've continued to zadvocate, am willing to impact our constituents to become involve in their childrens' education to work collaborately to improve quality education to be more effective in all issues concerning family, community. Many parents don't know where or how to use the system to benefit them. Ther are resources for them. I have become a paren tof a child with an IEP and will advocate for my child in projecting my opinions to my community.

    Catherine Rodriguez

    Qualifiying School:32K291

    Applicant Background

    N/A

    Personal Statement

    I am a current member of the CEC in distric 32. I have realize that our parents dont have any one that they can go to when they are having problems at there childs school. I am here to help as many parents as I can and when they dont have any one who is willing to listen to there concerns there should be some one else to speak out on behalf of any parent. I also have 2 daughters who are in special education and I had to fight to get my daughters the help that they neede to prodress in there education, I think that no one has the right to stop any parent further his/her childs education and most schools loke to give our parents the run-a- round and they dont really like to help any parewnt out unless there is some one there speaking on behalf of the parent, and Im willing to fight for parents and children so that there voice could be heard.

    Yolanda Rosado

    Qualifiying School:32K377* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K538)

    Applicant Background

    My involvement in the community is very important. I live and work in my community. I work in collaboration with CBO's to assits those in need as I work as a family worker in a Head Start. I feel that since im resourceful I would be a great cadidate.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve in the CEC because I belive in education first and to help those children who are struggling.

    Andrea St. Louis

    Qualifiying School:32K116

    Applicant Background

    I PARTICIPATE AT MY GRANDSON'S SCHOOL - SLT COMMITTEE/MEETINGS AND I'M A LEARNER LEADER

    Personal Statement

    I HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. MY 4 CHILDREN HAVE ALL ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND I HAVE BEEN ON THE PTA, SLT AND A LEARNING LEADER FOR OVER 25 YEARS. I CAN BRING MY EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING STYLE AND BE AN EAR FOR THE UNDER SERVED AND BE AN ADVOCATE FOR BETTER AND IMPROVE STANDARDS OF OUR CHILDRENS' EDUCATION.

    Diane Williams

    Qualifiying School:32K383

    Applicant Background

    I was an active parent in Public School 5 which was an elementary school. I also served on the School Leadership Team and the CEP Team. I served as a parent volunteer at Philippa Schuyler School for the Gifted and Talented and was elected to the schoolsCEP Team.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that parents should be involved in the decision making for their child's education. Since every parent has a vested interest in how well their child achieves in school, I am seeking to be a very positive influence in the academic life of my child.



    Citywide Council on High Schools - Bronx

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    Shareen K Branch (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:11X265

    Applicant Background

    I am currently pta treasure in ps 72 for the past 3 years. I am also and slt member as a title 1 rep.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to join the cec because i would like to know what is going on inside my childs school district. Also i like to help others that are in need.

    Monique Edwards Robinson

    Qualifiying School:10X237

    Applicant Background

    I am a former President of my child's Parent Association. In this role I helped plan school based events, arrange fundraising drives, provide information to parents, act as both their informational portal and representative and overall support the children and parents of the school. I have attended and spoken at CEC and Joint Public hearings.

    Personal Statement

    My main goal is to ensure all students get the very best free education that our city and state can provide. I believe I not only have valuable opinions to share, but I have the responsibility to ensure that the opinions of the other parents in my children's school districts get to be heard. In joining a CEC, I will be able to reach those parents, listen to their issues, concerns and comments, and help them make our school district one to be proud of.

    Valerie Greaves

    Qualifiying School:10X037

    Applicant Background

    Past PA Secretary and President of the PA at P.S. 7 (2006-2008) Past LST member/parent at P.S. 7 (2006-2008) Present CEC member of Dist 10 (2009-2011) Present SLT member of PS/MS 37-BX (2010-2011) Present Parent Volunteer at RKA (141) Bx. for the PA (2010-2011)

    Personal Statement

    My passion is volunteering at schools that my children attend and schools they don't attend. I lived and attended Dist. 10 schools all my life. So have my four children. My oldest goes to a college in Dist 10, I also have a high schooler, one in middle school, and one in elementary school. I attend Dist. trainings, workshops, PA mtgs., and community board 8 in Riverdale mtgs. I love what I do and the parents I get involved. My ultimate goal is to get a PA mtg at the schools I help with to have a mtg. big enough to be held in an auditorium. Thanks.

    Robert B Powell

    Qualifiying School:08X405

    Applicant Background

    I have been a PTA President for 5 years in Special Education School with a population of 425 students. The school had a very high Latin population (parents/students) that dealt with student with multiple physical, mental and behavioural challenges. i was instrumental in the re-organization to the PTA following the PTA ceasing to function. Currently, I am a 2nd year PA President a Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx with a population of 4,500 students. While this has been challenging I took over the PA following (3) former PA President Resignations and this PA failed to function. While maintaining my elected position as Title 1 representative, SLT mandatory member and Co-President of the Bronx High School Federation.

    Personal Statement

    I feel I can bring a willing to work attitude to the table. My ability to understand both sides of this council, the internal to the DOE and external to the High Schools we represent. I have played an integral part in establishing borough wide Title 1 training and Parent Training sessions between the UFT, Parents and OFIA. I think team building is a path builder to accomplishing any/all of our goals.

    Obioma Richardson (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:10X546

    Applicant Background

    I HAVE CHAPERONED ON SCHOOLS TRIPS, I HAVE TRIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PTA UNFORTUNATELY MEETING ARE HELD DURING WORKING HOURS. I HAVE TRIED TO PETITION FOR THEM TO CHANGE OR AT LEAST WORK WITH WORKING PARENTS AND THAT WAS NOT ACCOMPLISHED.

    Personal Statement

    I NEED TO HAVE A DIRECT DECISION IN MY CHILD EDUCATION. I DO NOT WANT PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE TO CONSTANTLY MAKE DECISIONS FOR MY CHILD, ESPECIALLY WHEN I KNOW HER BEST. MY MOTHER WAS VERY INVOVLED IN MY EDUCATION AND I WAS ABLETO GET VERY FAR, BECAUSE TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL STAFF UNDERSTOOD I HAD SUPPORT.

    Ilka Rios (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:10X374

    Applicant Background

    Title 1 rep in both schools; slt member in both schools

    Personal Statement

    i just wanna be a voice for all children in my district who may need help with services, or their education

    MJarilin Rodriguez

    Qualifiying School:09X324

    Applicant Background

    I have been a school volunteer. I am currently working with Learning Leaders training as a parent volunteer for the Junior High School population. I am an active member of the Bronx Early College Academy's Parent's Association. I have contributed my time to school fundraisers. I am also a member of B.E.C.A's No Place For Hate Club which puts me in direct contact with students in both middle and high school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because I would like to be an active effective advocate for true quality education for all NYC public school children. I feel I can be effective because I am a team player as long as the goal of the team is to actively, effectively advocate for the students of the New York City, Public School system. I am able to asses when I am needed to take on a prominate role and will do so, I am also able to take on a supportive role when that is what the situation requires. I will work hard and diligently, I am passionate about education. My only goal is to see a successful education system where students are given an equal quality education enabling students to truly compete in the global intellectual economy, I will work tirelessly to reach that goal. I hope my experience or lack of experience does not discourage you from allowing me to serve on a Community Education Council, because I am an eager learner who can and will adapt and utilize newly acquired skills easily and competently.

    Evelyn Rodriguez

    Qualifiying School:07X655

    Applicant Background

    Involved as a parent member and served in different capacities on the PTA/PA executive board in several elementary, middle and high schools in the borough of the Bronx and Manhattan: --School Leadership Team core member --Title I Representative --Grade Trustee --Seargeant-at-Arms --By-laws Chair --School news editor --Recycling Club coordinator --Fundraising --Minutes --School Volunteer Program serving General Education, Resource and Gifted & Talented students --After School and Summer programs Also, Nativity Church Youth Group leader and ormer member of the NAACP and Democratic Club

    Personal Statement

    It will be an honor to assist the parents in advocating for their children. Many times, we forget that we were in the same shoes that today's youth are. Serving on the council will be a wonderful oppurtunity to obtain valuable information and relay them as resources to the parents and students in my borough. Given the opportunity, I will continue to be receptive to ongoing dialogue among all the constituents in the school community in order to always be in the present. This will also help parents, students and community maintain a network of interested and dedicated persons for the ultimate goal of serving the children well.

    Lizzette Tavarez

    Qualifiying School:11X545* (Candidate’s child currently attends charter school 84K395)

    Applicant Background

    My children have been students of our public school education for well over nine years. I have been an active member of the school's Parent/Teacher association including holding an elective position of PTA President at Monroe Academy of Business and Law for two years, PTA member at Mott Hall III and currently a member of the PTO at the high school of our son at A.E.C.I. Most of my experience has been as an involved parent within school communities where the students come from low-income, working-class homes. I found our students to be over-Age, disengaged and lacking the resources and often clear plans to ensure their academic success.

    Personal Statement

    I was educated through NYC's public school education and can personally relate to the many challenges our children face while they attempt to make their way through school. Both the internal (school) and external (home/neighborhood) environments our children live in has just as much of an impact as the quality of the resources and education they receive. Therefore I want to add my voice, support and be their representation at the table where discussions are being had and where problems are being presented. I want to be part of the solutions our communities need to ensure the next generation of children is capable of being productive citizens of our neighborhood. I am passionate about education - I value it and understand that our communities can only rise up if we take care of the educational needs our children.

    Sajo Kumbamang Touray

    Qualifiying School:08X302

    Applicant Background

    P T A MEMBER, AND TREASURER IN MS 302 FOR 3 YEARS, SLT MEMBER FOR 2 YEARS IN MS 302, PTA MEMBER IN EXIMIUS ACADEMY SLT MEMBER IN EXIMIUS , TITLE 1 MEMBER IN EXIMIUS , PTA MEMBER AND, SLT MEMBER, IN JANE ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL.. I am still running these positions and still attending regular meetings in all these three schools without failure and on time too. You can ask ali these principals about me. They know me very well.

    Personal Statement

    I did degrees,BA and MA in Education and secondly 3 of children are attending colleges in New York State and 3 of my other children are attending schools as indicated above in New York schools. Everyday I go to one of the schools for something .. You can ask the teachers and all the workers in these schools.



    Citywide Council on High Schools - Brooklyn

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    Mohammad Akram

    Qualifiying School:21K188

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a member of the Community Education Council District 21 and I am serving as the 1st Vice President. I am currently a Liaison Officer for 3 different public schools. I have been working for the CEC for the past few years and personally feel that we are making great strides. Last year, as the Liaison Officer for PS 188 their request was to have a gym, which was something they never had in that school. So, know in receiving that request, the CEC and I were able to push forth the request to the School Construction Authority with the cooperation of other elected officials. As a result, PS 188 now will be receiving a gym within the near future and construction is already in process. Also, I serve as an Ambassador for the High School Admissions process for New York City. As an Ambassador we help the Office of Student Enrollment reach and teach more parents about the high school admissions process. Along with that I attended many High School Admission open houses in different boroughs. Once a year I volunteer for 5 days at the Daily News Citizenship Now program which is sponsored by CUNY. We help answer the questions of people regarding their citizenship status or any other related immigration question that they might have.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on a Community Education Council because I feel that since I am a parent of 3 children who are and have attended public school, that I should help repay the efforts of the school system. I have been apart of the Community Education Council for the past few years and feel that at the rate we are going, we are making great strides fairly quickly. The reason I feel I would be effective is because I am fluent in 5 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi and Hindi. Being fluent in these languages, will help me and the CEC in reaching out to parents of different backgrounds. I have 2 children who are currently enrolled in the New York City school system and one attends High School while the other attends Elementary School and will go on to Middle School in September. So, having 2 children in different areas of the school system, I know what struggles that a certain Elementary School/Middle School would have and what a High School would have. I feel that children of different religions, deserve to have food that is acceptable to their beliefs.

    Tameka Brooks (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:13K670

    Applicant Background

    Im currently actively involved with both of my children PTA . I have volunteered in the school and in the classroom in the past. I am a former employer of NYC Children Services and worked closely with parent coordinator and guidance counselors to make assessment and service recommendation to support the children educational development and growth.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in learning and understanding how innovative methods are brought to my children schools. I feel like I can be a viable source in the process of change in both of mhy sons lives, along with children in my community being a part of this committee. I'm also interested how with proposed budget cuts, how if cuts are made the plans of action to do more with less. I would also like to take part of ensuring the budget doesn't continue to be negatively affected our community at a unequal level.

    Marla Edmonson

    Qualifiying School:21K239

    Applicant Background

    Currently the Secretary of CEC 21, have been active in the BOE proposal of the rezoning and the colocation of IS303/Rachel Carson High School/ P771 with Coney Island Prep. Continued support for the community, parents and children of district 21. Not getting the necessary explanation/help special ed. kids/parents need and not raising the bar for the kids expectations every year.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC because i think that schools need help from every parent and community members. I want to help as much as I can so our kids will not feel too much of the effect of the economy, the school budgets and the proposed layoff of some very good teachers. I think i can bring my managment experience and organizational skills to help the Council in anyway I can. I have two children one, going through the public school system in gifted and talented programs and now in the Medical Science Program at Midwwod; and the other child through general ed. and i have seen the diversity between the two education systems. The information, programs and kid treatment that are open/available to the gifted students and what is available/offered for the general ed students and far different and it needs to be shortened. I would like to advocate for the busy parent, that wants to be active in the childs/community life but falls a little short. I am a strong advocate for public schools and want our school sysytem to succeed with both parent, child and school coming together.

    Michelle Nichole Espinosa

    Qualifiying School:13K419

    Applicant Background

    I worked with the Board of Education from Sept 1993 to June 1998. I helped students in need of medical help. I enjoyed helpin the children and giving counsel if they needed it. I also volunteered at Project Chance Day Care, when my children attended the daycare which was in the late 90's, I was an 2nd Chairperson which meant if the first Chairperson was unavailable to run the meeting, I would continue in her spot. I did very much enjoy advocating for the children there and having fun with the staff and families when we had meetings.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I have children that I advocate for and I truly believe all children need an education and that all parents need to know their rights when they are advocating for their children.I also believe that children and parents should know what is goin on in their schools and communities, what they can do to contribute to their community and make a better life for themselves.

    Janis P. Gibbs

    Qualifiying School:16K444* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 20K505)

    Applicant Background

    I've volunteered and worked extensively in the New York City Public Schools as an elected official on the Parents Association, Parent Teachers Association, New York City School Leadership Teams. New York City Urban League (Volunteer), I was an Advocate for small classes on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and a member and volunteer on the United Parents Association, Inc or org. I served the General Population which consisted of all constituents in my diverse school community background, I've worked in elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    Personal Statement

    I'd like to serve on the Community Education Council because it has always been my goal (passion, drive and purpose) to be a part of the New York City Education system to help improve our schools and community as a whole. I would be an effective leader because in the past I've held leadership positions and have advocated for a more better and quality education for students. In addition to this I know that it is my responsibility to recruit and get parents involved and to help parents to learn about their child education to improve the parents knowledge about how to navigate the NYC School system. As a council member I would be able to better serve my constituents and council member with the knowledge and skills gained as an leader on all levels.

    Elliot Greene

    Qualifiying School:13K430 

    Applicant Background

    I am currently active with the Brooklyn Tech PTA and on the School Leadership Team. I have worked diligently with the PTA and SLT to improve educational studies, raise money and increase parent participation. Professionally I have over 30 years experience, mostly in special education. I have served on the boards of several non-profit organizations over the years.

    Personal Statement

    I have a great interest in the education of all children in New York, and many ideas on improvement. I believe that I have a good sense of what improvements are needed and of community expectations.

    Nancy Hsueh-Bruni

    Qualifiying School:13K492

    Applicant Background

    I have volunteered for the past 18 years to assist public schools to create community where it may not exist. I've also volunteered for the past 8 years to help minority and low-income students with college planning and counsel. I am still mentoring those students who are now in college, and assist them with employment and internships. My main experience has been with students from 9-12 in general education, however, I've also worked with over-age students to help them and their families to find resources and act as intermediary between them and the school.

    Personal Statement

    I am a big proponent in leveling the education field for minority and low-income students. My experience, reputation can speak for itself. I also believe that we ought to align with students' interest rather than with educational heads and/or political ideals.

    Abu Khaliquzzaman

    Qualifiying School:22K405

    Applicant Background

    I was a PTA President and also have been a PTA Co-President for my child's school. I am also involved in organizing my community and my community board. I have always been active in my son's school and always help fellow parents with their issues and concerns.

    Personal Statement

    I feel I would be effective because I am very knowledable about the school system especially concerning Special Education. I speak 7 languages and would be able to help parents in navigating the Department of Education. I have strong organization skills and would like to have an opportunity to serve.

    Monique Lindsay

    Qualifiying School:21K620

    Applicant Background

    I am a trained Learning Leader for middle and high schools, I serve on the Educational Council at the church I attend, I am a active member of the NAACP, Steering Committee for Mothers Against Gangs (MAG). In Conjunction with District Attorney Charles J Hynes, U7T 1st annual B'Klyn Parent Conference Planning Committee, Parent Advisory Council for H.S. under chief Executive office of Student Enrollment, Governance Committee with NYC Tech College for college prep for H.S. students, H.S. Admissions Ambassador, Steering Committee Coalition for Educational Justice, Medgar Evers College Center for Law and Social Justice Parent advocates Coming Together, PTA Recording Secretary, PTA President Middle School, SLT, IODLT, President Council Treasures, Di5, A.S. President Council Treasurer, H.S. President Council President, PTA Treasurer at current H.S., H.S. Subcommittee for DLT.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Citywide Education Council because I know what is needed to build relationships between parents and children, teachers, schools, districts and communities. I believe when we all work together we can close the communication gaps and build the best partnership between home and school. I feel I would be effectively because as a parent I know how important it is to be engaged, informed, and educated in all aspects of our children's New York City Public School experience from elementary, middle school, high school, and beyond. I also as a Parent Leaders, I realize High School need to be represented by great advocates, and I am one of many great advocates who want to make our children's schools great, transparent, and parent friendly.

    Clarence Neely

    Qualifiying School:15K463

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    Since my daughter entered the Public school system, I have had concerns about the vision and workings of the system. I am a product of this system and believe that by entering in this capacity. In short I would just like to make the system better and more parent friendly.

    Stanley Ng

    Qualifiying School:13K430

    Applicant Background

    PTA officer School Leader Team (SLT) Title I sub-committee C30 process District 20 Community Education Council member for 4 years

    Personal Statement

    Main reason I want to return to the CEC ? To serve the community. I am a product of the Public school system (Elementary PS, JHS, BTHS, BBA/MS CUNY). I am a public school parent that knows and understand the issue(s). I had three kids that attended Gen Ed, Special Ed and GT in two different D20 Elementary schools. In 2006/2007, NYC DOE discriminated against whites and Asian in D20/D21 by denying application to a test prep program called Specialized High School Institute (SHSI). This is a FREE 15 months program that prepare kids for the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT). This policy affected 2/3 of the kids in District 20 of which many are poor. (District 20 was 65% white/Asian and 70% Title I-free lunch). In 2007, I SUED NYC DOE and made them changed the SHSI policy. Today, any high performing poor (Title I) 6th Grader is elligible for a SHSI application regardless of the color of their skin. My message: A parent that willing to fight for you and the community.

    Melissa Rochelle Plowden-Norman

    Qualifiying School:14K478

    Applicant Background

    CCHS, BHSPCB, PA, SLT, Title 1, NYSED PAC, HS Commitee, President's Council, CEC, CPAC By-Law Committee, UFT Parent Outreach Committee, Neighborhood Advisory Board 3 member, FBO Laison, Community Outreach Resource Advocate and Lobbyist.

    Personal Statement

    I would like the oppurtunity to serve on CCHS to continue the efforts of informing and advocating for high school parents and students. I am a very involved parent who advocates for all children. Both of my children are doing extremely well in school. I have been a parent leader since 2005. I am in Albany quite a bit, lobbying for our children and communities. I have been to Washington, as well, to advocate. I attend many meetings, workshops, trainings and forums to keep parents and myself informed. I am very dedicated, committed and passionate about what I do and pride myself in getting things done. I enjoy empowering and helping families! Education is extremely important, therefore advocating for our schools is serious business! I believe in teamwork, which leads me to my conclusion; " It takes a village to raise a child and I am a part of that village!"

    Carlton Richardson

    Qualifiying School:18K366

    Applicant Background

    I, Carlton Richardson have serve on the following organizations: 1. Community Education Counsel District 18 July 2009 to prsent 2. MS 366 School Leadership Team September 2010 to present 3. Commander American Legion Post 573 May 2010 to present

    Personal Statement

    I, Carlton Richardson want to serve on the Region 6 District 18 Community Education Council. I would be a great addition to the board. I am team player and I work well with people. I attend the monthly meetings of the CEC 18. I treat all people with respect, whether I agree with them or not. My position as Commander of the American Legion Post 573 gives me the opportunity to work with politicians, community leaders, and the 69th Police Precinct in the Canarsie Section of Brooklyn. I served on the PS 279 Parent Teacher Association for two years. I also served on the PS 279 Student Leadership Team for three years. My experience with the community would help the CEC 18 board stay in better touch with parents and teachers needs. My goals are to create a safe environment for the children to learn and the teachers to teach. To help the CEC 18 get more parents involved. To create an information highway for the parents and to solve all their problems within the regulations and the law.

    Tatyana Segal

    Qualifiying School:20K176

    Applicant Background

    This year I volunteered as a fourth grade math mentor in PS 1 in Manhattan through an organization called APEX. APEX (Asian Professional Extension, Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the personal development of Asian American youth through lasting relationships with adult role models, educational programs, social services, and career guidance. I have also been a Volunteer Leader at Met Council on Jewish Poverty participating in its various events/drives such as helping out senior citizens, distributing hot food in its Soup Kitchen Masbia, and sorting second-hand clothing on last MLK day. I also prepared several students that attended PS 176 for a competitive art test in Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented by tutoring them drawing, painting, and taking them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Personal Statement

    As a mother of two boys, ages 17 and 9, who attend NYC public schools, I have accumulated a lot of knowledge about various public schools throughout the City. My older son started his secondary education barely speaking English in kindergarten. He moved on to a Delta program at PS 176 in his 2nd grade. Then he studied in Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented and right now he is graduating from Stuyvesant High School. My younger son is in 3rd grade at PS 176, where he is part of a very successful String program. I truly feel that NYC public system has a lot to offer to children coming from various socio-economic backgrounds, and I'm willing to share this knowledge with other parents. I'm also a Wall Street programmer-turned-paralegal, who is about to start attending law school this fall. Currently, I intern at Legal Services NYC, a non-profit legal organization that helps poor New Yorkers in various civil disputes such as evictions, divorces, special education, etc. I hope my background in both technology and law would become an asset to Community Education Council.

    Christine C Warren

    Qualifiying School:23K514

    Applicant Background

    I am the treasurer for the PA at FDA VII. I am also a delegate of the 1199 SEIU National Benefit Fund.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to take part so i can help the children in my community, because a lot ot children do not have the avenue they need and; i want to be that person they can come to. When i was growing up the community and neighbors use to look out for the children in the neighborhood now we do not have that connection any more.

    Janet AnnMarie Williams

    Qualifiying School:15K429

    Applicant Background

    I have been involved with the Community Education Council (15) for 3 years. I have participated by working as a team member in shaping educational policies in District 15:Approving zoning lines;Having an Annual Share Fair in which I am one of the facilitators';Visiting Schools in the District;Discussing issues that affects our children and parents .Holding Hearings on the Capital Plan and having experts on hand to explain and answer questions;Worked closely with our Superintendent ;Participated in the Principals" Forum for Middle School.As a CEC15 Member ,I am always open to assist parents and

    Personal Statement

    I want to continue to serve as a Community Education Council Member.I have gained valuable experience in the last 3 years.I am a team "Player" and am open to learn new ideas and techniques .I love our schools and will continue to search for ways in making improvements by workinfg with Our Parents ,Students and the Department of Education.

    Diane Williams

    Qualifiying School:32K383

    Applicant Background

    I was an active parent in Public School 5 which was an elementary school. I also served on the School Leadership Team and the CEP Team. I served as a parent volunteer at Philippa Schuyler School for the Gifted and Talented and was elected to the schoolsCEP Team.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that parents should be involved in the decision making for their child's education. Since every parent has a vested interest in how well their child achieves in school, I am seeking to be a very positive influence in the academic life of my child.

    Kim Marie Willimas (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:19K409

    Applicant Background

    Volunteer For Community Work

    Personal Statement

    The reason why i want to serve on a Community Education Council is because i feel that i will be a good help. That i would bring something new to the plant. I feel that i would be able to learn from this not only give back to the community. I know that i will be a good pick



    Citywide Council on High Schools - Manhattan

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    Diane Adlam-Ferguson

    Qualifiying School:02M298

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the Chairperson for the New York City Wide Policy Council for Head Start which advocate for families and students in Head Start within the 5 Boro. As the Chairperson I am involve in the discussion for the implementation of English Language Learner Program for families in head start. I am also a Board member of the Caribbean American Center of New York under which I volunteer conduct Job Readiness Training Program, Mentoring program, and Immigration counseling to High School Students in Bedford Academy High School, Benjamin Banneker high School, and to the community at large at the Von King Park Recreational Center. In the past i have worked for the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club where I have formed alliance with the Principals of the local high schools, junior highs and the elementary schools. In addition, to working with State Senator Kevin Parker, I have also advocated for students rights, safety transferred and parents involvement. As a parent of a 10th grader attending PACE University High School I am very active in his school. I volunteer at school events and I keep a close relationship with the Principal, teachers and his fellow students so that I can know the concerns and issues of the school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I am passionate about the education of the students in the New York City Public School system ,as I am a parent my self of a 10th grader. As a Social Worker with a Master Degree from Fordham University, I would like to see every student graduate on time and go on to pursue their education in college. I would also like to see student better equip to graduate from High School so that they are scoring above the standards on the SAT and ACT test. Our students should be so prepare that they should not have to waste money on remedial classes when they attend college. If elected I would advocate for more programs to tutor our students. More informational workshops for parent to understand the the process starts early and the more they know, the more they can help their students. I would like to share these resources and information to parents, students and educators if elected.

    Cynthia Alvarez (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:04M610

    Applicant Background

    I am very vested in the empowerment of all children in the New York City Public Schools.

    Personal Statement

    I am a member of CEC D2 and my position has always stood on that I am here to represent the parents that are not able and are afraid to speak for themselves and their children. Our responsibility as members of the CEC is to represent all of the children of the district and not any particular zone.

    Ernest Bryant Jr.

    Qualifiying School:05M367

    Applicant Background

    Ever since my children have been of the age to attend school, i have been involved with their educational process starting at the grade level kindergarten at P.S 36 Marget Douglass. In Marget Douglass, i served one year as vice president and 3 years as president of the parents association . The latter of the three years,i also served as president of District 5 President council. i am very much familiar with the three main educational environments: public, private and charter. With this knowledge i believe this advantage allows me to address the concerns of the parents and the needs of the student. Currently i serve as the President of Choir Academy of Harlem P.A . I am also vice president of District 5 Presidents Council.

    Personal Statement

    i believe i can be effective serving on the C.E.C, due to the relationship i have developed with the parents, not only in my childrens school, but throughout District 5. By applying to the C.E.C it is not to pursue any political aspiration, but to serve parents and students by providing them with the tools needed to achieve educational excellence. As a father of two teenagers, i believe that one of the greatest jobs given to anyone is, to be a life coach and an advocate for quality education. That's what i will bring, if elected to District 5 C.E.C

    Antoinette Clay

    Qualifiying School:05M499

    Applicant Background

    Title 1 for P.S. 125M-inquire of pta and parents on how they wanted allocated monies to be used, provided a description of purpose of money and rpovide regualar updates on how much money was available, and when monies had to be used. SLT for P.S. 125M-met with principal, teachers, and other slt members monthly to put together CEP. PTA John A Riesenbach Charter School-attend general pta meetings, assist with soliciting public and private support for school, assist and participate in school-wide fundraising PTA President PAL-monthly meetings to bring parent up to speed on organizational program improvements, fundraise money for creation of muscic program (instruments purchased & instructor fees) as a result program was created and started successfully.

    Personal Statement

    Assist parents in understanding their roles as advocates for their children's education and motivating them to play a more pro-active role in this final stage of their child's educational path.

    Nicole Corbin

    Qualifiying School:02M600

    Applicant Background

    I am an active participant and member of the High School of Fashion Industries parent association in addition to being a 'parent-at-large' on the school's leadership team. I look forward to possibly holding an office on the parent association of the High School of Fashion Industries for the school year starting fall 2011. I enjoy learning and the sharing of knowledge, which would therefore enable me to contribute to the progressive state of our education system in collaborating education, technology and sound processes in our children's mainstream curriculum.

    Personal Statement

    As a product of NYC's public school system and now as an involved parent of a student in the public school system, I feel that my professional, technical and business communication expertise enables me to be a well balance advocate for continuous improvements in the education and future of our children.

    Jim Devor (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:01M696

    Applicant Background

    I have been a member of he Community Education Council since its inception and in the past,, have served as Secretary and 1st Vice President. Presently , I am its President (the position I have held since July, 2009). Before then, I was Organizational Secretary for the Brooklyn New School PTA.

    Personal Statement

    Because my daughter will be attending Bard High School Early College in September, I am qualified for and seek a position on the Citywide High School Council as a Manhattan representative. If elected to that Council, I would like to focus on the geographically (and racially) discriminatory admissions policies which supposedly (but not actually) maximize "choice" for our children. In addition, I would also like to draw attention to the the perverse (and racially discriminatory) priorities set forth in "fair student student funding" as it is applied to High Schools. At the same time, I remain qualified to participate in CEC-15. As current President of the Council, I believe I have demonstrated both the energy and knowledge to effectively represent the interests of ALL the public school parents and children of our diverse District which includes neighborhoods as different as Red Hook, Boreum Hill, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Gowanus and Kensington. I also thoroughly know what promises have been made to our communities and I have the courage and skills to publicly (and loudly) call out the DOE on those that have not been kept. If given the opportunity by electors, I will continue to do so.

    Felicia Finch

    Qualifiying School:02M414

    Applicant Background

    I AM A PROBATION OFFICER FOR CHILDREN AND I AM HEAVENLY INVOLED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLIS MANHATTAN BECAUSE MY PROBATIONERS ATTEND THOSE SCHOOLS. I SIT IN ON MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE SAFETY MEASURE OF OTHER STUDENTS IN THE VARIOUS SCHOOL IF THERE IS GANG INVOLVMENT ON MY CASES TO MAKE THE ADMINISTRATIS AWARE OF THE SITUATION THEY ARE DEALING WITH. I GO TO TOWN HALL MEETINGS,FOR EXAMPLE WHEN PS116 IN MY COMMUNITY WAS BEING THREATENED TO HAVE TRAILORS PUT UP IN THE SCHOOL YARD, I SPOKE UP AS A PARENT AND AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL FOR CHILDREN.

    Personal Statement

    I WANT TO SERVE ON THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL TO BE MORE INFORMED IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM BECAUSE AS A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG BOYS WHO ARE STRIVING TO DO THEIR BEST IN SCHOOL,THE EDUCATION SYSTEM CHANGES DAILY. I WANT TO BE MORE INFORMED ABOUT THE SYSTEM SO I CAN BETTER HELP MY CHILDREN AS WELL AS MY CHILDREN ON MY CASELOAD AS A PROBATION OFFICER.

    Jennifer Hunter (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:01M696

    Applicant Background

    Work background as a psychologist and school psychologist- including with a bilingual Spanish population.

    Personal Statement

    I am interested in affecting the way our schools are planned and developed. i am a big supporter of public education but am troubled by the unevenness of the experience that different students have.

    Khem D. Irby

    Qualifiying School:13K133

    Applicant Background

    Presently, I am a member of the Community Education Council in District 13 and the PTA President of Park Place Community Middle School in District 13 and also the Title I Representative of Susan S. McKinney. As a parent of a special education student, I have become an advocate for children with special needs. I am also a member of Parents Across America, P.S. 133 Taskforce, Deny Waiver Coalition, NY Charter Parents Association and The Mothers' Agenda of New York.

    Personal Statement

    Serving on a Community Education Council has been a great learning experience. I have been fortuante to be able to attend most meetings and trainings offered by the DOE and other district schools. The relationships that I have built with the DOE have been rewarding. I believe that I will continue to be effective on the Community Education Council by continuing to work with the Superintendent and the Presidents' Council to put forth the agenda of our community parents. I continue to be outspoken at the Panel for Education Policy meetings when needed. Not only will I advocate for parents and chidlren but I will actively recruit other parents to be trained and informed about their child's school and the department of education structure. The community education council is an opportunity to be in the frontline of parent empowerment. I continue to attend meetings with the Community Boards and local and state politicians to ensure that parentshave a voice and ear to all decision-making concerning their children.

    Jane Ann Marcinkiewicz

    Qualifiying School:02M393

    Applicant Background

    I have been a part of the P.T.A. or P.A. for years and a part of the School Leadership Team as well.

    Personal Statement

    I want to be a part of the C.E.C. because I know I would learn a lot and gain experience in the Board of Education while I will be able to assist it with making our schools better for our children.

    Stanley Ng

    Qualifiying School:02M475

    Applicant Background

    PTA officer School Leader Team (SLT) Title I sub-committee C30 process District 20 Community Education Council member for 4 years

    Personal Statement

    Main reason I want to return to the CEC ? To serve the community. I am a product of the Public school system (Elementary PS, JHS, BTHS, BBA/MS CUNY). I am a public school parent that knows and understand the issue(s). I had three kids that attended Gen Ed, Special Ed and GT in two different D20 Elementary schools. In 2006/2007, NYC DOE discriminated against whites and Asian in D20/D21 by denying application to a test prep program called Specialized High School Institute (SHSI). This is a FREE 15 months program that prepare kids for the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT). This policy affected 2/3 of the kids in District 20 of which many are poor. (District 20 was 65% white/Asian and 70% Title I-free lunch). In 2007, I SUED NYC DOE and made them changed the SHSI policy. Today, any high performing poor (Title I) 6th Grader is elligible for a SHSI application regardless of the color of their skin. My message: A parent that willing to fight for you and the community.

    Juan Pagan

    Qualifiying School:02M429 

    Applicant Background

    Throughout my years of employment I developed many skills that I can apply as a member of the Citywide or Community Education Council. My experience was developed through work with the New York State Division for Youth and the New York State Department of Correctional Services; and as a former director of a city operated school age child care program and teen program. I've gained a great deal of experience by way of work with children, teens, families, resident associations, advisory committees, and the community at large. I've dealt mostly with inner-city children and teens (including their parents and caregivers) overseeing a children's after school program and teen evening program. And as a volunteer, and in the capacity of director, I also taught structured courses in stringed musical instruments within my community for children and teens.

    Personal Statement

    Our young people are in a crisis, and the future for a majority of them is very bleak. And it is my strong desire - even something more - to become an element that will help bring our children back on the path that will lead them to become overall successful in their lives. I will share my insight based on my personal experience as a former director of a school age child-care program and teen program, and as a life-long resident, born, raised, and educated in the public school system in New York City, and perhaps more importantly, as a parent of two children growing up in New York City. I will make suggestions based on the realities our young people face, and on my perspectives as a parent and former childcare provider; I will help develop old ideas and help to come up with new ideas that hopefully will effect the changes our young people need to help get them back on track in regard to their education, and hope within themselves; and to keep those already on track to keep going forward. And find ways to inspire them and instill within them the love of learning, and the understanding of the benefits they will reap by staying in school and furthering their education, as well as love for themselves.

    Luzcelenia Ramos

    Qualifiying School:02M543

    Applicant Background

    I teach reglion instructions in my neighbor church on Saturday's.

    Personal Statement

    I want to help parents and students about the different programs or activites that the Public Schools have. Also to better inform myself being that I have a son in high school. Education is power tool in which one can make a difference.

    Carlos Ruiz

    Qualifiying School:02M260

    Applicant Background

    I am the Parent Association President

    Personal Statement

    I feel every student should get a quality Pubic Education. As a PA-President, D3LT-Member and the MHSPC-Rep I have much knowledge and experience.

    Quo-Kisha Simmons

    Qualifiying School:03M415

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    Julius Tajiddin

    Qualifiying School:03M860

    Applicant Background

    1. Served as a public member on CB10 Land Use, Housing, Landmarks, * Education and Libraries Committees 2007-2008 [*2006-2007] 2. Served on CB 9's Community Benefits Agreement/Educational Ad Hoc Sub-committee involving Columbia University expansion Plan. 3. Served on CB10's 125th ReZoning Resolution Ad Hoc Subcommittee 2007 4. Security officer @ Plainfield High School 1977-1978 (New Jersey) 5. Teacher's Assistant for 5th Grade - American Dependents Manneheim, Germany 1973-74 6. Currently serving on SLT FDA II - Chair and Wadleigh Campus SLT - Co-Chair. Also volunteer mentoring Sp Ed students (Middle School) and coach Track and Field at the school. 7. Founding member of Harlem 4 Obama - 2007-08

    Personal Statement

    I feel that I can make a positive change in Community/Citywide education council government. If I do no get a seat on the CEC 3 or cannot serve on both councils I believe I have the leadership to make the citywide council of Manhattan effective. I believe that I already have demonstrated that I can make work effectively within a government body. My belief is that if you have talent to get things done for your community then you should serve it. Also Northern D3 needs to be represented @ the CEC D3 Level and I believe I would make an effective representative.

    Shino Tanikawa

    Qualifiying School:03M485

    Applicant Background

    I have served as Treasurer and Co-President of elementary and middle school PTAs, on the SLT at both elementary and middle school levels, as Treasurer of the District 2 PTA Presidents Council and currently serve on the Community Education Council District 2. I have taught as an environmental educator regularly at my daughters' elementary school and as a guest lecturer at the middle school. I have lectured at numerous high schools as a climate change presenter.

    Personal Statement

    I have served on the CECD2 and on the District 2 Presidents Council. These experiences have given me a broader understanding of the complexity of education issues in our city. I see the CEC as an important vehicle for parents to voice their concerns and would like to serve again to ensure that the CECD2 remains a strong advocate for parents in District 2. On the CECD2, I co-authored or authored nine resolutions speaking out on behalf of the parents in District 2. There is still much work ahead in ensuring all our children receive a quality education. I am particularly interested in analyzing middle school enrollment and capacity in the coming years as well as continuing to tackle overcrowding at the elementary level. I would also like to make a better effort to reach out to communities that have been underrepresented (e.g., Chinatown). I feel that my work is not done with the CECD2!

    Annell Williams

    Qualifiying School:03M860

    Applicant Background

    I'm a graduate from LIU and have my MA in Urban Planning. My future plans is to go into Economic and Developmental Planning particularly in urban communities.

    Personal Statement

    I have a 14 year old son attending the public school system in NYC. I believe if both the parents and teachers have the resources they need to better assist the children of NYC excel successfully. My MA in Urban Studies gave me the knowledge needed to better understand urban community's and individuals living in an urban community. In addition, my background experience is Case Management will better assist me with giving both parents and tools they need to better prepare the children at home as well as in school for preparation for daily school assignments and exams. The population I've worked with is as follows: Mentally Ill, Mentally Disabled, Substance Abuse and Homeless.

    Mohamed S Zaman

    Qualifiying School:04M435

    Applicant Background

    2004: elected as CEC at DISTRICT 30 and served as Vice President. 2005 - 2006: elected as SLT member at J.H.S 167 Robert F. Wagner, Jr (M167). 2007 - 2009: elected as SLT member at Bronx High School of Science 2009 - present: elected as PA co-president and SLT member at MCSM. Taught as a substitute and regular teacher (math) for about 10 years.

    Personal Statement

    School system built on four groups - Students; Teachers; Administrator and Parents; I am a very much involed parent; My two daughters are in the NYC school system; I am always with the school system in different capacity since my eldest daughter (now at Boston college) got in year 1997 in one of the best public school system in the country. I have a master in computer science and work as a computer specialist for Financial Information Services agency. I will try my best to use those knowledge to serve as a CEC member. Please vote for me.



    Citywide Council on High Schools - Queens

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    Joanne Bouillon-Middleton

    Qualifiying School:29Q231

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the president of the Parents Association at I.S. 231. I have organized a school clean-up effort and have partnered with local parks organizations to offer our students opportunities to perform community service. I have also partnered with another environmental organization that will feature our students service efforts on their website and will also assist us in establishing a community garden in the Rosedale/Springfield Gardens community.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I would like to be a voice of positive/productive change and improvement in the quality of education all children deserve.

    Jose L Ferruzola

    Qualifiying School:27Q400

    Applicant Background

    I'm PTA president of August Martin H.S. I have been recording secretary for the SLT and i'm currently the co-chair for title one. I volunteer in August Martin for 4 years. I have done and gone to workshops for parents, students and teachers. I have learn how important it is to be involve in school not only for your child but for the other students as well. I believe that a school can't do it alone. It is up to us the parents to help the schools. We need to be on top of every situation our kids do. If we do not care then they are not going to care. I have gone with students to college trips. Where in Florida a school called Embry-Riddle for aviation has gotten a good interest in our kids who go flying. There are students like Majindar, Shiva Harry who have been accepted to the school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to help fix our school situation. I have worked as an SES provider and have been in schools that have many problems. We need to give funding to our schools and help them improve. I would like to have more parent involvement. I would like to start the senior fund for high school. Where kids who can't go to see the college they want to go could be help. We have the resources and we are not using them. Like I said before I have been in schools and spoke with parent coordinator and principal that have great ideas to improve the school and they are not being heard. I would like to work together with my team if elected to get this ideas and resources going. We need to help our schools and not close them. In the future i would like to run for city councilman for my district and this experience will help me and everyone will see the good things that i will bring when elected.

    Lorraine Alberta Gittens-Bridges

    Qualifiying School:26Q495

    Applicant Background

    I am currently the Co-President for Bayside High School, the Recording Secretary for Queens High School President Council and the High School Representative to the District Leadership Team for District 29. I served as the former Co-Chairperson for CPAC, the President/President's Council 29 and PTA President/Co-President P.S./I.S. 270.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the Citywide Council for High Schools because I would like to spend the time working with this Council to discuss strategies to help our schools prepare our students to graduate from High School successfully prepared for college and careers. My ability to stay focused on partnering with parents, educators and community members to achieve meaningful and measurable outcome for all of our students will help me be an effective member of this Council. My experience as a parent leader and my professional experience will help me to continue to serve as an advocate and resource to our students, parents and school community at large.

    Ellen N Herrera

    Qualifiying School:30Q501

    Applicant Background

    I am a member of the PTA in my daughters school, and assist whenever needed with functions. I serve as a volunteer athletic director for a local sports organization which provides sports programs to over 500 youths. I was an active leader for the Girl Scouts organization for 8 years having troops of all sizes and levels during that tenure. I currently volunteer and provide workshops to interested parents around a variety of subjects, including, but not limited to, high school choices and the application process, and technology. I have been involved in education at both the middle school and higher ed level for many years and am very pro active in seeing all students get the best education possible.

    Personal Statement

    I have been involved in education as both a parent and through my work experience for over 10 years. I am highly organized and am always willing to put in the time and effort it takes to create progress and affect change. My passion for education and learning has always translated into my work ethic and my focus when working with teachers or parents around school related issues. The recent challenges faced by schools has prompted me to become involved at a deeper level. By serving on a CEC, I believe I can lend to the larger effort of a team of people who all seem to share the same objective - the best education for all our students.

    Tynesia Stewart

    Qualifiying School:29Q259

    Applicant Background

    I am apart of the work force where many people are turned down because of the lack of education they have, and my children are in this next wave of applicants that will be turned away because they lack the knowledge and or skills that are required to get the job done, that is as close to community or civic activites I have been, but note I am eager and willing to take those next steps in order to meet those requirements.

    Personal Statement

    I have been a mother for over 14 years and I do know where my children should be acdemically and more importantly I know which direction I want my children to head and how to get them there- however it take more then one"MOM" hopes and dream to get them there. It take many different people with different, fresh ideas to make it happen. We have been doing the same thing expecting different results. I am result driven and ready to give ALL children the quality education that plaques NYC on a whole. We run the world, but our children cant even compete with the rest of the world. Something is wrong with this picture! I have a voice and its time that it is heard. For the sake of my children.

    Sandra Williams

    Qualifiying School:28Q680

    Applicant Background

    I am an active NYC Public School parent leader in Districts 28/29 for over 15 years. Proud biological mother of five sons: two graduated from Queens Gateway attending Stony Brook University; two attending schools in District 28: Queens Gateway and York Early College Academy; one attending Queens Prep Academy in District 29. Three sons are general education students and two receiving special education services. President of District 28 President Council and over the years held leadership roles as PTA Corresponding/Recording Secretaries, Treasurer, VP, President and currently one of the longest serving President/Co-President of Queens Gateway PTA; Chair of Queens Gateway's SLT and Title I; Chair of District 28 Parent Advisory Council for school year 2009-2010; former President/Co-President of Queens High School President Council, Duke Ellington Elementary School (PS 140Q) and Arthur Ashe Elementary School (PS 161Q); past Treasurer of M.S. 8Q.; former member of the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) where I chaired the Bylaws Committee in 2007-2008. Fully trained by United Parents Associations (UPA) and the Urban League. Founder and Executive Director of a NYS certified Not-For-Profit Charitable Organization.

    Personal Statement

    It's time to invigorate parent involvement in NYC. Public School parents need a few veteran parent leaders who travelled the path, know the history, can stand up/represent at every arena and one that assist and support parents, FIRST. You need leaders who work hard and play by the rules -- and I have been, beyond your wildest dreams. It's time for all parent groups to offer real answers to the real problems that our schools are facing and speak frankly about what is not happening in our schools and find real resolutions. We must bring an end to just talk…let's ACT. To turn our schools around, we've got to listen to our parents, empower every parent with the education and training essential to help their child get ahead. We need to build a vibrant, innovating, organization in which every parent wins by becoming more productive. My experiences walking with my children from elementary through college, working with general education and special education policies, and my involvement in the community has given me a unique perspective on the pains and challenges parents face. If elected, I promise to give my all to my elected position and make sure your issues and concerns are fully addressed at all times.

    Judean Alexica Woelfle (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:26Q430

    Applicant Background

    I have participated and still do, in many activities in the school and the community. At PS/MS 200, they choose me to be the Title 1 chairperson, and a recording secretary for the PTA. The Pomonok library has a Friends Group. I am the treasurer. I also volunteer as a literacy tutor at the Adult Learning Center at Merrick library.

    Personal Statement

    I have, soon to be four children who will be entering the public school system in the upcoming school year. I want to be fully equipped to continue to help them and to help thousands of other students, parents and offices in the school system to work collaboratively to achieve success. I am hardworking and I would like to use my knowledge and expertise to fulfill my duties. There is still a lot for me to learn. I am ready and willing to be a part of the bigger picture.



    Citywide Council on High Schools - Staten Island

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    Martin Krongold

    Qualifiying School:31R605

    Applicant Background

    - Two-term CEC member - Two-term Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS) member - Four-year board member of CCHS - Wrote only resolution passed by CCHS this school year on school closures - Public policy professional trained in governmental and budget processes - Have developed professional relationships with top DOE Deputy Chancellors - Shar relevant education information that comes across my computer with a wide array of interested parents, PTA members, parent coordinators, superintendents and principals. This information addresses such topics as training opportunities, jobs for youth, special ed information, youth advocacy, scholarships, minority issues, and LGBTQ programming. - Maintains a private consulting business serving non-profits in the areas of housing and social services. Training non-profits nationwide on how to develop housing and services for homeless veterans.

    Personal Statement

    Staten Island and DOE need community spokespeople who can lend supportive and critical viewpoints. I believe I have the skills and commitment to handle that role. For over 20 years, I have worked to address public policy issues in New York City. First, as a member of the NYC Office and Management and Budget, I learned how management, funding, and politics affect policy decisions. My professional work today requires that I understand how to most effectively implement policies that affect people's lives. this has served me well on the CEC and CCHS where I must understand how children are affected by DOE policies. My work forces me to confront on-sided advocacy. Sometimes I support DOE policies and other times I do not. I am not swayed by sentiments of who I should or shouldn't curry favor with or who would like me, but rather what was best for NYC and Staten Island children. I used my head AND my heart. I support smaller class sizes, less crowded schools, a full complement of courses, vocational education, and a new North Shore high school. I want to thank the people who gave me the opportunity to serve the past four years on the CCHS, and I hope I have earned your support for another term.

    Andrea Anna Lella

    Qualifiying School:31R455

    Applicant Background

    In my opinion, my most important qualification for this position is that I am the proud and actively involved parent of three wonderful public school students. In addition to that honor, I have over 6 year experience as an Education Council member, and I have been successfully advocating for children to receive a free and appropriate public education for over 20 years. I have been active on PTAs and SLTs, and I frequently testify at education hearings on the city, state, and federal level. A listing of my experience as an Education Council member, parent leader, advocate and active participation in community affairs are as follows: Education Council - 4 years on CEC 31 (Community Education Council for District 31), two years as president, one year as Recording Secretary and three years as Chair of the Special Education Committee. - 2 years on CCHS (City Wide Education Council for High Schools), one year as president and one year as Chair of the Special Education Committee - 5 years of combined participation on Department of Education Citywide Task Forces. Advocacy - 20 years as a Special Education Advocate. - 9 years as the Lead Spokesperson for the Coalition of Concerned Parents (CCP), an educational advocacy group.

    Personal Statement

    My name is Andrea Lella, I am the parent of three children with IEPs, and I am asking you to select me as one of our city’s representatives on the City Wide Council on Special Education (CCSE). I am asking you to select me as a member of the CCSE because I have the right level of passion, knowledge, experience, dedication and strength to properly serve and represent the special needs of children in our city. I have years of experience as an Education Council member and I have decades of experience as a special education advocate. My experiences as an education council member began on the history making day, July 1st, 2004, with the birth of New York City’s first Education Councils. Since that date, I served on Community Education Council 31 (CEC 31), for a total of four years; two years as President, on year as Recording Secretary and all four years as the Special Education Chairperson. On CEC 31, I was the author of over a dozen resolutions requesting special education reforms and improvements.

    Saneeka Latrell Newkirk

    Qualifiying School:31R450

    Applicant Background

    I once was in the learning learder program

    Personal Statement

    I love children and I would love to help out within my communtiy as much as I can. As they say the children are our furtuer and I would like to be apart of that in making sure they grow up and make something of themselves, as I am in school to be a social worker and I always wanted to help out with the youth of today for a better tomorrow.

    Franca Okeiche

    Qualifiying School:31R460

    Applicant Background

    Reading Volunter with Staten Island Mental Health Society at PS 48. Breast-Feeding Mentor Vlolunter Richmond County Hospital. Working with immigrant families to support theor transition to self-sufficiency. Member of the Cultural Awareness and Competence Committee.

    Personal Statement

    I am running to serve on a community education council because I will be committed to the service. My commitment will help me to motivate other parents through teamwork in our community to support schools in our district . My effectiveness will enhance inclusive communication, cultural awareness and respect for the diversity of the population we serve. I help to maintain an environment of integrity, openness and respect for all who join our efforts to secure the best services for our children and families. I am running because it will be an opportunity for me to serve among other great leaders to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our communities.



    Citywide Council on English Language Learners

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    Antonieta Alarcon

    Qualifiying School:25Q460

    Applicant Background

    I am currently an active member of the Flushing High School Parent Teacher Association and attend monthly meetings.

    Personal Statement

    As a curent member of the Citywide Council on English Language Learners, I would like to continue my service and work towards helping these students achieve their needs and goals.

    Alma Alejandra Fuentes

    Qualifiying School:09X365

    Applicant Background

    Currently, I am the President of the Parent Association and a member of the leadership body at my son's school, and I participate in any way that the school requires me to. By the same token, I have been a member of the CCELL for 10 months.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to have the opportunity to continue being part of the CCELL since during the last 10 months that I have belonged to the same, and have acquired experience that I believe would be very useful to make up a strong council that could be the parents´ and teachers´ spokesperson. A council who helps to establish necessary programs and tools so that our students have a better education, as well as the opportunity to make it to college at the same level as that of students who only speak English. We are facing difficult times due to budget cuts and we have to protect our children's education. Let us remember that education is not a privilege, it´s a right.

    Raymond Lee

    Qualifiying School:20K105

    Applicant Background

    I am a Community Broad Council 12 member. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker, and certified in NYC public schoI. I began my social work career to help people with special needs in the local community in 1992. I was an Asst. Director Hospital for a NYC public hospital, and I am an economist for a federal agency. I have a Master degree in Economics and a Master degree in Social work.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on an Education Council because our school system is currently facing many challenges, and because I would like to create enhanced avenues for parents and families to recieve accurate and timely information, as well as offer meaningful input as new policies are implemented. As you know, sufficent input from parents, teachers and advocates are vital to the to the success of our education system. Many of you will agree that those with the most at stake in the education system are currently frustrated and confused. Schools need to know what the parents care about: small class size, skilled, dedicated teachers, curricula thatengage and challenge the kids and a system that welcome parent input. I feel I would be effective because of my education background (MSW in Social Work and MA in Economics) and exstensive work experience in the field of Finance and Social Work.



    Citywide Council on Special Education

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    Felicia Patricia Alexander

    Qualifiying School:16K262

    Applicant Background

    I am the school treasurer for the 2010/2011 school year and I am running again for the upcoming school year. I am the cub master of cub scout troop 262 for the 2010/2011 year also. I volunteer in the school in any way I can to help them provide my child with the best education. My son was speech delayed and I have learned from the therapists how to help him advance in school. I am involved in fund raising for the school and organizing activities for the children. I am a stay at home mother of 4 kids and their education is my priority.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a council to be involved with decisions affecting my children in their schools. I would like to be in a position to show other young parents that they can get involved. My biggest concern is lack of parental involvement in the education of our children. Our voices need to be heard and our community needs to be involved. I am a stay at home mother of 4 young children and I want them to succeed at whatever they choose to be in life but I know they need not just my support but that of the community and education system. I don't know if I can make a difference but I would love the opportunity to try.

    Daniel Scott Becker

    Qualifiying School:01M110

    Applicant Background

    I have always been active in my children's school PTAs. Last year when I heard that the CEC in my home district was short members, I submitted an application, was approved and unanimously voted on to the District One CEC. Over the past year I have also served as the Secretary to the PS 110 PTA. I have experience and knowledge regarding Special Education as my oldest son now has a Section 504 (previously had an IEP) and my youngest son currently has an IEP. I have previously experienced and learned to seek help in obtaining varied services to help my children achieve the highest level of education.

    Personal Statement

    Although very time consuming, I have enjoyed being a member of the CEC for District One. The CEC is one of the few places where a parent can have a voice in New York City public school education and engage other parents, other schools and other communities in conversations as to how best to bring quality education and necessary resources to all of our children. I believe that I have been and will continue to be an effective advocate in serving our entire community. I will continue the conversation with parents, school leaders, our neighboring districts and communities and representatives the Department of Education. Parents need to voice their concerns over the quality of education that our children are receiving and/or should be receiving.

    Ramona Bisnauth

    Qualifiying School:75Q177

    Applicant Background

    I was a member for new york families for autistic children . I had work for Qsac after school programme.

    Personal Statement

    the reason why i would like to serve as a cityewide council so i can share my knowledge and experiences with other parents like myself and i can gain more knowledge because i am a parent of a child with special needs.

    Kathleen Boatwright (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:19K166

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    making an impact on childrens lives has always been important. Bringing about chagnes that I can see when it comes to improvement is something that I feel that I can take part in by becoming part of the council. As a parent I disagee with a lot of things I see happening in the school system and I somtimes feel that a lot of paretns have no voice . Instead of becoming angry about it things I can not change I decided to become a part of a group that has the power to make a change, not only for my child but for other children as well.

    Renee Janice Bock

    Qualifiying School:10X024

    Applicant Background

    I have been a preschool classroom teacher for eight years and am now the Director of a preschool called The Children's Learning Center of Morningside Heights. I have an MS in Early Childhood Education. I have taught children with special needs, adovocated for children to get services through the DOE. My own children have attended both private Jewish schools in New York and also PS 24 and MS 141. EAch of my sons has had special needs over the years and I have learned my advocacy through my life with them.

    Personal Statement

    I have a very strong background in educational issues, looking at both the small picture as a parent and the larger picture as a school director. I understand the needs of the whole child and how the family plays a role in the educational life of the child. My work at Bank Street College taught me to think boradly about educational issues and to not get mired in thei idea that there is one right answer. I'm able to work collaboratively as part of a team to come up with multiple workable solutions. I have strong feelings about the culture of testing in the city and the way it impacts children and I would like to work as part of a group to think through the challenges of this reality for the city right now.

    Milton BoltonWilliams

    Qualifiying School:23K073

    Applicant Background

    community program prospect plaza is aprogram that help people all around Brownville community we help with rent we help with jobs we help with home and more

    Personal Statement

    i know that i can be effective because i meet with the community about one thing of the other ,youn see we hold meeting every month about what is going on in this community and how we can help make it better.

    Shareen K Branch

    Qualifiying School:08X371

    Applicant Background

    I am currently pta treasure in ps 72 for the past 3 years. I am also and slt member as a title 1 rep.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to join the cec because i would like to know what is going on inside my childs school district. Also i like to help others that are in need.

    Allison O. Bridges-Matthews

    Qualifiying School:75X017

    Applicant Background

    For a short time I served as Treasurer for Autism Bronx Parents of ANGELS. I also served as 017 PTA President (2008-2009). I have taught Tweens Bible Study at my church and currently rotate teaching Sunday School. My son was diagnosed with Autism in 2004/5. For the past few years he has attended a Sp. Nds camp at the 92nd Street Y. We also participate in many of the programs offered at NYC cultural institutions, some targeting the Sp. Nds community, some not.

    Personal Statement

    Having a child with special needs has made me very aware of the many needs of this population. At times I feel it is a duty for parents like myself to speak for parents and families that may not possess the natural ability to clearly, effectively and diplomatically communicate their concerns, opinions, wants and needs. I believe that I do possess that ability and believe that the CEC will provide one of the greatest and most unique opportunities to do so and have a substantial impact.

    Lakisha Brooks

    Qualifiying School:05M094

    Applicant Background

    I am currently in the 2011 Cohort with the New York State Partners in Policy Making. More than 17,500 Partners graduates are part of a growing national and international network of community leaders serving on policy making committees, commissions, and boards at all levels of government.

    Personal Statement

    I am a parent of four current and former New York City Department of Education students. Two of which have IEP's and one of the two are receiving Special Education services within D75. I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because my experiences of having children with developmental delays will empower parents to be more involved in their childrens educational careers.I can bring a strong relationship with what families of children with developmental delays endure day and night. I can bring the voice of the parent who is having busing issues, the voice of the parent who's child's IEP's mandates are not being met, a voice of a parent who feels they are not welcomed in school, a voice of a parent who is confused my the new IEP format. I can be effective by modeling to education officials that by comming together as a team for a common goal, to educate and inform families of children with developmental delays of policy changes that may affect their child, we all can make a difference. I will make meaningful suggestions to education officials that affect all children with IEP's. The foundation is there we just have to build, without the efforts of all parties involved being torn down.

    Abigail C Brown

    Qualifiying School:28Q117

    Applicant Background

    I have a 1st grader who has an IEP. I have been very active in his education and his school.

    Personal Statement

    I am the mother of a 1st grader with an IEP. I have been very active in his education both at school and at home. I feel I would be very effective on the council as I am familiar with all school programs as well as the IEP process and services.

    Kelly Cantave-Cooke

    Qualifiying School:29Q327

    Applicant Background

    I have been the PTA President & SLT at my daughter's school TYWLS (896) since 7th grade -12th grade. I have advocated for students, parents, and teachers for 6yrs at TYWLS. Iam also presently on the President council for the middle school. I have sponsored Parent workshops & Student workshops , Teacher appreciation day & school dances. I made sure that children with IEPS's receive services. When TYWLS did not have a special Ed teacher, nor a speech Therapist, I contacted the appropriate authority to hire the Special Ed teachers needed to serve students. I contacted businesses in the communities to give our children community service . I have brought forth concerns with students who were shorted electives because they were receiving services. This has been resolved. My son attends Eagle Academy IIi, since September. I am heavily involved at the School. I helped with the process of started the first PA by-laws and 1st election for the new board. I have consulted the board with the Chancellors Rules and Regulations. My son has an IEP and I am ensuring that services are maintained for our young men. I am the consultant for the present board.

    Personal Statement

    I went full speed ahead along with my board members and parents for support to help get TYWLS their own official building by attending several meetings with Building Portfolio & Building construction, &CEC meetings. It was a struggle that went on for 3 yrs, but at the end we pursevered.I never gave up along with my supporters. I have conducted several food drives for the poor and needy. I have also conducted a clothing drive and have the students participate. I have created several committees to enhance parent involvement. Dads with Voices, Graduation Committee, parent class Coordinators. introduce the school to College Now courses, fought to return AP classes to students and the Honor Roll. We have implemented Student of the month for different categories. I have always been an advocate for our children and our school district. I feel I have the experience and means to make a difference. I have worked with several individuals and dept. to ensure wrong doings are resolved.. I have worked on issues with OFEA, Superintendent, Borough of Family Advocate, and President Councils. I will never fail our children, parents and school leaders. I will not give up until I get the job done that is requested of me.

    John Chamas

    Qualifiying School:21K121

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    My daughter is currently in kindergarten attending the ASD Nest program at PS 121. I'd like to ensure the continued success of ASD Nest, as well as all special education programs currently in the system. If we can make them even better, I'd like to help. I have the energy and will to do what I can for our children.

    Antoinette Clay

    Qualifiying School:05M499

    Applicant Background

    Title 1 for P.S. 125M-inquire of pta and parents on how they wanted allocated monies to be used, provided a description of purpose of money and rpovide regualar updates on how much money was available, and when monies had to be used. SLT for P.S. 125M-met with principal, teachers, and other slt members monthly to put together CEP. PTA John A Riesenbach Charter School-attend general pta meetings, assist with soliciting public and private support for school, assist and participate in school-wide fundraising PTA President PAL-monthly meetings to bring parent up to speed on organizational program improvements, fundraise money for creation of muscic program (instruments purchased & instructor fees) as a result program was created and started successfully.

    Personal Statement

    Assist parents in understanding their roles as advocates for their children's education and motivating them to play a more pro-active role in this final stage of their child's educational path.

    Jacqueline Colson

    Qualifiying School:25Q252

    Applicant Background

    I am always supportive of any school my children attend. I've been an active Learning Leader since 2004 where I interacted with all levels of school personnel. I try my best to be an active participant in school functions. I believe the community works better when everyone is involved regardless of what group they belong to. In my dealings with the school and community I try to foster a sense of unity which benefits all of us rather than just a select few.

    Personal Statement

    I know that education is the foundation of any community. I have been serving on the CEC for a short while and I found the work challenging but rewarding. I'm an individual who weighs all sides of an issue before I come to a decision, while thinking of all of the children not just my own. Whatever position I hold I will do it to the best of my ability.

    Rhonda Alberta Davis

    Qualifiying School:75K369

    Applicant Background

    I am the President of the first all womens auto and motorcycle club we do coat drives food drives volunteer our time to alot of positive activities we are planing to start a chapter for our children an prayfully it will give the children an positive outlet so they will not get involved with the street gangs such as the blood an crips

    Personal Statement

    I've seen where the changes the board of education has gone through since I attended an I really must honestly say it saddens me to see this, children today face obstacles they we never had to face growing up an going to school. i am a parent that cares

    Gina M Davis

    Qualifiying School:27Q197

    Applicant Background

    I'M A ON THE SLT BOARD AND I'M A CORRESPONDED SECRETARY ON THE PTA BOARD AT MY DAUGTHER SCHOOL.

    Personal Statement

    I LIKE BEING AROUND CHILDREN BECAUSE I 'M A CHILD CARE PROVIDER AND AS A PARENT I LIKE TO KNOW HOW CAN I HELP PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN

    Natividad Delgadillo

    Qualifiying School:12X300

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    John Thomas Englert

    Qualifiying School:75R721

    Applicant Background

    I've been a member of the CCSE since 2005. During this time I've served as Chair and Co-Chair and advocated for all children with disabilities. I've provided hands on leadership and have worked collaboratively with other parent bodies such as President's Council and PTA's to create an environment in which parents want to be included in discussions about their child's education. I've had experience reviewing the Blue Book and Five Year Capital Plan, helped manage the Council budget and met with Community School Districts regarding school co-locations affecting students with disabilities. I've established working relationships with CEC's throughout the five boroughs, as well as, the majority of the Deputy Chancellors that report to Chancellor Walcott. I've communicated and met with elected officials and spoke to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) on behalf of children with disabilities. I am a professional and a parent of a multi-handicapped child who attends a District 75 program. I am proud of my affiliation with the CCSE and the parents I have come to known over the last several years. I look forward to continuing this relationship and helping to reshape new ideas for our children's special education.

    Personal Statement

    My son Joseph is an inspiration and has taught me to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. From helping to influence policy to advocating for parents' rights, our job as parent leaders and advocates for our children will never end. Parents are not only our constituents; but, our eyes and ears within the community. Though we have made strides, our children's special education is a project in progress. Like every project, there are milestones to achieve and negotiations to take place every step of the way. Parents are valued stakeholders in their child's education and as such should be seated at the head of the table. In the age of special education reforms, our job as parents has never been so important. As Chair and Co-Chair of the CCSE over the last six (6) years, some of the best ideas have originated from parents. I am optimistic that this trend will continue and parent involvement will flourish so that our children can reach their maximum potential and achieve the successes that are to come. I look forward to the opportunity of representing District 75 on the CCSE.

    Michelle Nichole Espinosa

    Qualifiying School:13K419

    Applicant Background

    I worked with the Board of Education from Sept 1993 to June 1998. I helped students in need of medical help. I enjoyed helpin the children and giving counsel if they needed it. I also volunteered at Project Chance Day Care, when my children attended the daycare which was in the late 90's, I was an 2nd Chairperson which meant if the first Chairperson was unavailable to run the meeting, I would continue in her spot. I did very much enjoy advocating for the children there and having fun with the staff and families when we had meetings.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on the Community Education Council because I have children that I advocate for and I truly believe all children need an education and that all parents need to know their rights when they are advocating for their children.I also believe that children and parents should know what is goin on in their schools and communities, what they can do to contribute to their community and make a better life for themselves.

    Evelyn Feliciano

    Qualifiying School:10X331* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 11X544)

    Applicant Background

    PA Secretary 2007, Learning Leader 2008, School Leadership Team 2009-10, Boy Scout Youth leader 2009-2011, PA Secretary 2011, Parent Leader for (NYCPP) New York Civic Participation Project. (CEJ) Coalition For Educational Justice. www.nycpp.org, www.nyccej.org. Because of the Love I have for children I kindly donated my services. God Bless Peace. Evelyn

    Personal Statement

    I believe I can help plan to make correct changes in our education system. I believe

    Neyda I Franco

    Qualifiying School:07X551

    Applicant Background

    During the pass 30 yrs. I have service the community in the roles of Educational Trustee, Housing Specialist, Educational & Community Advocate. As a mother of four children, guardian of three children and grandmother of 11 children all have been and still are in the Public Education, I have been involve in all aspects of their educational learning.

    Personal Statement

    As a Guardian, Parent, Grandparent, and Children & Parent Advocate in CSD#7 for over 30 years. I feel that I can help the community continue to understand their parential role in their childrens education.

    WillieFlora Gaines

    Qualifiying School:28Q082

    Applicant Background

    I volunteer to attend my son's trip. I regulaly attend parent meetings. I volunteered my time at my church for the Special Needs ministry.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the Community Education Council for several reason. One I would like to give back to my community by giving time to a worthy cause, such as decisons that may affect my community. Second I want to be a good role model to my son in showing him how important education is to the future of our community. Thirdly, I can learn more about the sytem of education instead of a book sense but actual experience.

    Cheryl Darlene Glover

    Qualifiying School:02M225

    Applicant Background

    From 1977 through 1986 I was Group Teacher of four year olds in a neighborhood based child care center. I also served as an Associate Director of a CPSE program in a neighborhood day care center. Both of these were located in the Highbridge section of Bronx, New York. From 1995 through 2010, I was employed in numerous positions in the New York City Early Intervention Program. I was also employed from 1986 through 1994 in varying capacities in what is now known as Administration for Children Services (ACS). During those years I worked with many typically developing children and with many special education students. In ACS, I facilitated parenting classes for parents of special needs children and for parents of children who were HIV positive. When my niece was in high school I often accompanied parents and school staff to Albany,NY to express concern over various issues/practices. I am a Sunday School Teacher and have worked with autistic children as well as children who are hearing impaired and their families.

    Personal Statement

    I have always loved children. I have always been an advocate for children. I do not remember a time when I did not have a heart for children. I have also never been employed anywhere wherein children were not the focus and as such always stood for any child's best interest. The most direct answer to this question: I have always been an advocate for children.

    Leslie Elyse Grant

    Qualifiying School:09X053

    Applicant Background

    My professional background is rooted in community and direct service application in low income communities. For the greater part of career, my work has been centered on providing leadership development and trainings to pregnant and parenting high school age teenagers. I became a young mother at the age of 16, after being unlawfully kicked out of school because of my pregnancy I was recruited by Sistas on the Rise.Inc to help support young mothers in the Bronx's Martha Nelson Pregnant and Parenting high school. I currently work as the Development Director for Sistas on the Rise.Inc.

    Personal Statement

    My seven year old son is my inspiration for the self nomination, my son is currently in Special education in a 12-1 setting; It was my choice to have him evaluated after I noticed that he had a regression in his speech when he was 1 1/2 years old. Since then I have learned the ins and outs of the specials education system. I have been consisted and diligent in my role as advocator for my son's services. I understand and want to support other parents who might struggle in learning all the rights and procedures that govern the Special Education Department. I have an organizational management background and my undergraduate studies are in children and family behavior, while currently studying at the graduate level in public administration and policy I know this has strengthen my capacity to do this work. There is no doubt in my mind that my expanding skill set will be beneficial to which ever committee I serve on. Coupled with strong public speaking skills there is only opportunity for active participation.

    Eukeysha Gregory

    Qualifiying School:09X328

    Applicant Background

    I have initiated a rewards program where I donate gifts and prizes to children with good or improved behavior. I also listen to the children about their problems. I also volunteer at lunch,

    Personal Statement

    I will be a valuable asset to the council. I have a great insight on the students and relate to the problems of the Board of Education. I am very open minded to ideas. I would like to contribute some of my own ideas to prevent bullying in the school system.

    Aneka Hendy

    Qualifiying School:18K244

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a student in Long Island University's Master of Social Work program. I previously worked for the past eight years with at risk youth and families in various educational capacities ranging from education to counseling. The previous two years I worked as both a parent educator/advocate in an elementary school in Hartford, Ct. and as a parent faculty in the Lend program at the UCONN center for developmental disabilites. I am also a parent of a five year old child with an autism spectrum disorder.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be on the CEC board because I want to be part of the change that I want to see in education. I am currently taking both a policy and a community organizing class. I attended the district 18 March meeting and I was inspired to become more involved in my community. I am very passionate about education and I feel that families need a voice that they sometimes aren't aware that they have. I feel that I can be effective because I am willing to admit that I don't know everything and am willing to learn.

    Philip Jeter Horton

    Qualifiying School:02M198

    Applicant Background

    Currently Co-Treasuer at PS198.

    Personal Statement

    To continue to help make a difference for our PS 198 family.

    Arifa Iqbal

    Qualifiying School:03M245

    Applicant Background

    Iam member of school pta community in school and serving as class parent in school

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be a part of CEC to help my school community

    Khem D. Irby

    Qualifiying School:13K133

    Applicant Background

    Presently, I am a member of the Community Education Council in District 13 and the PTA President of Park Place Community Middle School in District 13 and also the Title I Representative of Susan S. McKinney. As a parent of a special education student, I have become an advocate for children with special needs. I am also a member of Parents Across America, P.S. 133 Taskforce, Deny Waiver Coalition, NY Charter Parents Association and The Mothers' Agenda of New York.

    Personal Statement

    Serving on a Community Education Council has been a great learning experience. I have been fortuante to be able to attend most meetings and trainings offered by the DOE and other district schools. The relationships that I have built with the DOE have been rewarding. I believe that I will continue to be effective on the Community Education Council by continuing to work with the Superintendent and the Presidents' Council to put forth the agenda of our community parents. I continue to be outspoken at the Panel for Education Policy meetings when needed. Not only will I advocate for parents and chidlren but I will actively recruit other parents to be trained and informed about their child's school and the department of education structure. The community education council is an opportunity to be in the frontline of parent empowerment. I continue to attend meetings with the Community Boards and local and state politicians to ensure that parentshave a voice and ear to all decision-making concerning their children.

    lannetta C Jeffers

    Qualifiying School:23K298

    Applicant Background

    I've been on the school leadership team at my son's school at PS 298 for two years and I was just was elected to the CEC District 23 IEP

    Personal Statement

    My son is a Special Education student which I have fought for many services on my own without help from the DOE and Advocates. I had no prior knowledge of DOE procedures on special needs children I researched many nights on my computer to help me fight for my child. I want to help other parents with their struggles with their children. We have the same issues because I stiil continue to struggle to get more services for my child to receive. I believe I can be an asset to CSE beccause I'm already a member of the CEC and SLT of my son's school and district and I can bring the things I learn from my other committes to the CSE and my own knowledge.

    Martha Allen Kessler

    Qualifiying School:01M315

    Applicant Background

    I have served on our school's PA executive committee for 3 years with 2 years as President. In the current school year I am also serving as co-president of District 1 Presidents' Council. In 2007 I was a founding member of the Lower East Side Alliance, a community watchdog organization that has worked with the CB3 and SLA to enforce liquor license restrictions in our neighborhood. My son has had an IEP for 4 years.

    Personal Statement

    I have been lucky enough to see my son benefit from the support programs offered to children in NYC public schools who are struggling in the General Education setting. I believe that once children are streamlined into Special Education it is much less likely that they will be able to rejoin the General Education population and many children are much better served with short-term intervention & a CTT environment. I want to be an advocate for these children and will strive to protect these essential services from budget cuts.

    Abu Khaliquzzaman

    Qualifiying School:22K405

    Applicant Background

    I was a PTA President and also have been a PTA Co-President for my child's school. I am also involved in organizing my community and my community board. I have always been active in my son's school and always help fellow parents with their issues and concerns.

    Personal Statement

    I feel I would be effective because I am very knowledable about the school system especially concerning Special Education. I speak 7 languages and would be able to help parents in navigating the Department of Education. I have strong organization skills and would like to have an opportunity to serve.

    Marta Latimer

    Qualifiying School:12X341

    Applicant Background

    Ive done School Leadership Team . Ive done PTA threw out the years ive been elceted to Title 1 Rep , secretary , Treserer. ive been also been certified learning leaders

    Personal Statement

    Ive done PTA and vouleteer for over 10 years I enjoy working with families. Our childrens education is important to me because they are our future.Ever since I had my children my passion has grown towards the rights of our parents and children to suceed with the help of the school and community.

    Andrea Anna Lella (New Candidate)

    Qualifiying School:31R455

    Applicant Background

    In my opinion, my most important qualification for this position is that I am the proud and actively involved parent of three wonderful public school students. In addition to that honor, I have over 6 year experience as an Education Council member, and I have been successfully advocating for children to receive a free and appropriate public education for over 20 years. I have been active on PTAs and SLTs, and I frequently testify at education hearings on the city, state, and federal level. A listing of my experience as an Education Council member, parent leader, advocate and active participation in community affairs are as follows: Education Council - 4 years on CEC 31 (Community Education Council for District 31), two years as president, one year as Recording Secretary and three years as Chair of the Special Education Committee. - 2 years on CCHS (City Wide Education Council for High Schools), one year as president and one year as Chair of the Special Education Committee - 5 years of combined participation on Department of Education Citywide Task Forces. Advocacy - 20 years as a Special Education Advocate. - 9 years as the Lead Spokesperson for the Coalition of Concerned Parents (CCP), an educational advocacy group.

    Personal Statement

    My name is Andrea Lella, I am the parent of three children with IEPs, and I am asking you to select me as one of our city’s representatives on the City Wide Council on Special Education (CCSE). I am asking you to select me as a member of the CCSE because I have the right level of passion, knowledge, experience, dedication and strength to properly serve and represent the special needs of children in our city. I have years of experience as an Education Council member and I have decades of experience as a special education advocate. My experiences as an education council member began on the history making day, July 1st, 2004, with the birth of New York City’s first Education Councils. Since that date, I served on Community Education Council 31 (CEC 31), for a total of four years; two years as President, on year as Recording Secretary and all four years as the Special Education Chairperson. On CEC 31, I was the author of over a dozen resolutions requesting special education reforms and improvements.

    Laura Jane Liebman

    Qualifiying School:10X024

    Applicant Background

    I am a social worker at a local hospital. Professionally, I have worked with all ages including a residential treatment facility for the mentally disabled. In my work I supervise teenagers in a special work program. I have volunteered to coach baseball and have been a union delegate for the last 18 years.

    Personal Statement

    I am the mother of a child with an IEP and who was in ELL. I want to make the board of education more accessible. I also hope that I can bring the voices of all families to the table.I want to affect change beyond the local school.

    Nikiesha London-Sylvester

    Qualifiying School:17K340

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a member of the Citywide Council on Special Education for the current school year (2010-2011). Prior to this, I have served as a parent member of the PTA and SLT of my son's school. I have also served as treasurer of the PTA at my younger son's school. These activities have propelled me to be an advocate for them and for other students as well.

    Personal Statement

    I am currently an elected member of the Citywide Council on Special Education. This was a newly appointed council whose members have only served 1 term in office. As such, I feel that we have put forth a valient effort to service the needs of all our special children especially those who are our most vulnerable. If given the opportunity, I wish to continue to serve the community in hopes to give these children and their parents/advocates a voice. I have been and will continue to be an advocate for my son's education. I wish to be able to continue to enhance my knowledge of special needs services as well as to contintue to serve on the CCSE.

    Diamaris Magarin

    Qualifiying School:75Q075

    Applicant Background

    I have a child in a district 75 special education class. He is in the first grade and since he came in to district 75 any and everything that could go wrong does. Even things that shouldn't go wrong have a way of going wrong. It has been a struggle and a long battle to get things straightened out for my son.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be albe to help to make a difference for the children in district 75. A lot of focus has been put on general education but special education seems to have been left behind.

    Margarita Martinez

    Qualifiying School:04M112

    Applicant Background

    Forme PTA Secretary School Leadership Team Member Title 1 Chairperson

    Personal Statement

    I have always been an active parent in my children's school community. I feel strongly about advocating for students with disabilities and for students in the general education population. If I have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, I will be able to further assist the families in this community.

    Clara Elena Miranda

    Qualifiying School:11X076

    Applicant Background

    None

    Personal Statement

    Emmanuel Morazan

    Qualifiying School:12X372

    Applicant Background

    I have attended seminars @ AHRC in Manhattan concerning childhood disabilities, teaching methods, educational rights, and exploring child/teenager/adult resources. I have volunteered to help with outings for the Bronx Chapter of Autism Society of America, which arranges many fun outings for children with disabilities. I have attended seminars concerning childhood disabilities @ FEGS in the Bronx concerning home schooling options, disability benefits for children, and life planning for young adults. I have helped many parents that do not speak english with IEP meetings & their rights, as well as handing out literature with programs, contacts, groups, and NYC Dpt. of Ed. information.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the council to be sure that all of the concerns that I am aware of are addressed. These are the concerns of many spanish-speaking parents that are reluctant to attend meetings or seminars because of a language barrier, or because they can't get time off from work, or because they cannot afford a babysitter. I would make sure their concerns are presented to the council, as well as my own concerns or issues. I believe I would be effective at council meetings because I listen, and I never interrupt.

    Dwan Sarita Morgan-Chisholm

    Qualifiying School:18K581

    Applicant Background

    Parent Coordinator for early intervention Member of PTA Executive committee member for 1199 chic care fund

    Personal Statement

    I am applying at the encouragement of Mrs. Johnson, the parent coordinator at my daughter's middle school. When my daughter was younger i had the opportunity to work with the committee on special education. At the time my daughter was receiving early intervention services. I had the opportunity to sit on team meetings as an advocate with parents on behalf of their children recommended for services. It was an awesome an rewarding opportunity for me to develop my advocacy and communication skills. I welcome the opportunity to be a voice with parents on behalf of the children of district 18 who are our future.

    Rebecca Ramos

    Qualifying School: NY Institute for Special Education

    Applicant Background

    I am an active member of NYC NAPVI- National Association for Parents of Visually Impaired Children I am a steering committee member of NASW PACE- National Association of Social Workers Political Action for Candidate Election I am a member of the Morris Park Community Association I am the current CCSE Vice President I have worked for eight years in a not for profit agency that served special needs children and their families. My entire career both prior to obtaining and after obtaining my social work degree has entailed working with children and families. I am very passionate and dedicated in making it possible for our special needs children to reach their full potential. This means providing our children with the educational services/ supports they need to thrive in school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to continue to be a member of the CCSE. I believe that I have made a positive impact serving on this Council thus far. If I am re-elected one of my priorities will be chairing an OPT task force. This would entail working with other advocates/organizations in bringing OPT issues to DOE reps. My goal would be to improve the functioning of OPT as well as provide input for policy change within OPT. I believe that my formal training as a social worker along with my many years as a professional advocate for special needs children combined with my personal experience of being a parent to a child with special needs makes me more than capable to sit on the CCSE. I believe that along with the other current CCSE members we have developed a very good working relationship with the DOE. I would love to be able to continue to work with the CCSE in order to make our children’s educations as positive and productive as possible!

    Lisa E Nelson-Rivera

    Qualifiying School:15K429* (Candidate’s child currently attends public school 31R049)

    Applicant Background

    SAT/Math Informational Sessions within the school and or Computers for Youth Informational session, conferences or sessions that will further help me help my son with schoolwork, homework, study skills, etc.

    Personal Statement

    Do not know what it is about, yet. But I feel it would be beneficial to both my son and I to learn anything further that may help us both in any way. Or perhaps me helping others if I can be beneficial in some way, but mostly to gain insight and knowledge to what is happening in our school system and how I can help my son.

    Michelle Denise Noris

    Qualifiying School:30Q085

    Applicant Background

    I have been volunteering for my entire life. As a teenager I worked with children who lived at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, visiting and tutoring math. As a young mother, I was in charge of maintenance for our community nursery. I served as the president, treasurer and registrar for our not-for-profit day camp. As a professional engineer I have done pro-bono work for public schools and arts organizations. This year I worked on CDEC 30, focusing on arts opportunities for middle schools and acting as the council's resident engineer as we considered facilities related issues. I currently have a child in the city wide gifted program, a child with an IEP who is physically disabled, and a child who, after 9 years of general education , is a junior in a specialized high school. I am a product of the public school system in New York City and have a Masters degree in Civil Engineering.

    Personal Statement

    I believe that I offer a well-rounded view of our public schools. Being an engineer with mostly not-for-profit clients in New York City for over 20 years, I offer technical expertise that is valuable to the Council. I am a good team member, working passionately with kindness and humor. Our public schools are essential to the ongoing health of our city. Societies with strong education systems are physically healthier, economically stronger, and suffer from fewer social ills such as crime. Making our public schools the best they can be today is not just our moral and ethical obligation, it is right way to care for our city in the long term. I want to be part of that effort.

    Daniel John O'Gallagher

    Qualifiying School:26Q495

    Applicant Background

    From 1997 to 2007, I served as the Director of Teen Services at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan. I have also worked for, or served as a consultant for, Children's Aid Society, Camp Don Bosco, Asphalt Green, Camp Sussex, and the YMCA of Greater New York. In 2000, I was awarded the PASEsetter Award for Excellence in After School Education from the Partnership for After School Education. I was selected as a 2005 Junior Fellow in the United Way's Non-Profit Leadership Development Institute. In 2007, I was recognized with a Proclamation from New York State Senator Jose Serrano for outstanding service to the community; and was honored by the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association with the Anthony J. Carbone Award for dedication to the youth and families of the East Harlem and Yorkville communities. In 2008, I completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs; and in 2009, I was honored by the youth anti-violence organization Not Another Child, Inc. I am currently the Program Director for the Henkels & McCoy Out-of-School youth program, which offers occupational and work-readiness training to 16-21 year-old young adults who are not connected to work or school.

    Personal Statement

    I have spent my career working with, and advocating for, the students of New York City. However, my motivation and commitment toward this goal increased dramatically with the adoption of my son in 2010. This past September, my son entered the 9th grade at Bayside High School in District 26. Thus far, I have been very impressed with the special education services provided to my son as well as the school staff's dedication toward his future success. By serving as a member of the Community Education Council, it would be my hope to assist and empower other parents as they navigate their own children through the educational system; specifically those whose children have an IEP. I feel that I would be an effective member of the Community Education Council because I believe that the cooperation and involvement of all those involved enhances the possibility of a student achieving their academic goals. When educators, administrators, parents, and policy makers are all firmly in support of improving education for our students then the students themselves will surely feel this support, and the results would become evident in the classroom and beyond.

    Nicole Pacheco-Rosario

    Qualifiying School:21K097

    Applicant Background

    I have never participated in any community board or PTA. But because I believe in Coney Island Prep, I have become much more involved with my children's education. I have both children with IEP's. One in a Charter Public School and the other in a traditional Public School. I have come to learn how important it is the be as involve as possible with the community.

    Personal Statement

    I should serve on the Community Education Council because I live in this community. Since I have become the President of the Family Leadership Council at Coney Island Prep, I have come to realize it take a village to raise & proper educate your child. It take a community to get together and speak about the issues that are happening in that community and resolve them. It is also important that all can come within an agreement that is suitable for all parties.

    Erica Perez

    Qualifiying School:19K345

    Applicant Background

    I am presently on the School Leadership Team at the Raphael Cordero school, I.S.302, in District 19 and a very active member of the Parent Association. I am also a parent volunteer in the school. At the Robert Bolden school, P.S.345, I am the vice chair of the Parent Advisory Council. Another one of my passions are educational reform and being an educational advocate. I am an active member of Cypress Hills Advocates for Education (C.H.A.F.E) for the past two years. C.H.A.F.E, in association with the Coalition for Educational Justice, has been instrumental in securing ten million dollars in Academic Intervention services this year. I also attend St.Lydia's Episcopal Church in East New York.

    Personal Statement

    When I look at children, I see the future. I would love to serve on the CEC because I feel that I can be an effective parent leader for this community.I attend any meetings that I feel would be beneficial to myself as well as other parents.Sharing information about our children's education not only empowers us, as parents, but it enables our children to be able to reach their full potential, more successfully. By working collaboratively with the schools and community based organizations,we can only move forward. Having a child with special needs, I am more receptive to the needs and services that are necessary for these children to be able to thrive and succeed. Knowldege is our most important defense in being able to proggress. As a parent representative, I would keep everyone as informed as I am, to ensure our children's success.

    Berangere Jacqueline Pierre-Louis

    Qualifiying School:75K231

    Applicant Background

    Currently volunteering as Treasurer for the P.S. 231K PTA and as a Parent member of the School Leadership Team. Currently a parent member on the Citywide District 75 Council, and temporarily filling in as Secretry for the Council. Volunteered as "Leader of the Spanish Conversation Round Table" at the Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza)

    Personal Statement

    As a PTA, SLT, and Citywide District 75 Counil member, I am aware of the challenges that D75 schools are facing, as well as parents' concerns in regards to our children's education. Serving on the council will grant me the opportunity to address these concerns, help raise awareness on the issues that impact the education of children with special needs, work with different organizations that seek to improve D75, and ultimately stress the need to focus more on our children's abilities to provide them with the adequate resources.

    Simon Peter Pinder

    Qualifiying School:18K366

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    As stated above, I have always been involved in the development of youths. I have served as Vice President of PS 272, I was as a member of the School Leadership Team at PS 272, and also served on the CEC while my son was attending this school

    Dulcemaria Rivera

    Qualifiying School:31R057

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    i have been through so much, learning delayed the communication with teachers i could help improve certain criteria be the voice to those who cant speak for themselves i want to learn moreto help those who cant help themselves

    MJarilin Rodriguez

    Qualifiying School:09X324

    Applicant Background

    I have been a school volunteer. I am currently working with Learning Leaders training as a parent volunteer for the Junior High School population. I am an active member of the Bronx Early College Academy's Parent's Association. I have contributed my time to school fundraisers. I am also a member of B.E.C.A's No Place For Hate Club which puts me in direct contact with students in both middle and high school.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to serve on a Community Education Council because I would like to be an active effective advocate for true quality education for all NYC public school children. I feel I can be effective because I am a team player as long as the goal of the team is to actively, effectively advocate for the students of the New York City, Public School system. I am able to asses when I am needed to take on a prominate role and will do so, I am also able to take on a supportive role when that is what the situation requires. I will work hard and diligently, I am passionate about education. My only goal is to see a successful education system where students are given an equal quality education enabling students to truly compete in the global intellectual economy, I will work tirelessly to reach that goal. I hope my experience or lack of experience does not discourage you from allowing me to serve on a Community Education Council, because I am an eager learner who can and will adapt and utilize newly acquired skills easily and competently.

    Leah Ann Scott

    Qualifiying School:20K102

    Applicant Background

    Currently the Parent Coordinator for Parent Advisory Counsil Meetings held at the Youth Councils (Fort Hamilton Garrison).

    Personal Statement

    As a working parent I try to contribute my time to my son's school and after school programs. The council needs strong personalities and voices so that their children's needs can be met. Perhaps we can't answer everyone or make the schools perfect but even a little change one step at a time can make a different. Just like our children took baby steps so can we as a team and a community.

    Jaye Bea Smalley

    Qualifiying School:03M166

    Applicant Background

    I have served as the Co-Chair of the newly reconstituted CCSE. During this time I have I had always been involved with helping members of my community advocate for there children. I have become extremely knowledge and continue to learn in order to best serve the 180,000+ students with disabilities who have a right to a free appropriate education. I serve on the Board of Directors of Parentjobnet, and I am currently enrolled in the NYS Partners in Policymaking program. This is a national model for leadership training for people with developmental disabilities and family members to become more effective in influencing policy at all levels.

    Personal Statement

    As Co-Chair, I am proud to say we have had many productive intitiatives for our constitiuents. These included: a resource fair, a CEC special education committee conference, public meetings across all 5 boroughs with stakeholders regarding important topics in order for parents to meet and voice concerns and ask questions. We ensure that DOE staff are always there to address individual concerns and to observe any local issues that may present. I supported bylaws that ensure we hold public meetings in all of the different boroughs and I am committed to that effort. With the all of closure and co-location hearings, we are able to organize a member to testify on request and submit comments as well. I made five trips to Albany this year to testify and lobby on behalf of NYC students with disabilities. I hope to keep up th momentum and continue my service.

    Waheeda Sohan

    Qualifiying School:75K053

    Applicant Background

    Personal Statement

    The opportunity to serve on a Community Education Council would be an ideal chance for me to serve not only my community but it would also allow me the opportunity to advocate for others. Since the birth of my son Aramis, I have learned the importance of advocacy. I understand how vital of a role education plays in my child's future and I want to be a part of advocating to ensure that all children with special needs get the services they deserve. Currently, I am in the last year of graduate school at Columbia University School of Social Work and I would love the opportunity to be a part of the Community Education Council, to learn and grow with them.

    Tynesia Stewart

    Qualifiying School:29Q259

    Applicant Background

    I am apart of the work force where many people are turned down because of the lack of education they have, and my children are in this next wave of applicants that will be turned away because they lack the knowledge and or skills that are required to get the job done, that is as close to community or civic activites I have been, but note I am eager and willing to take those next steps in order to meet those requirements.

    Personal Statement

    I have been a mother for over 14 years and I do know where my children should be acdemically and more importantly I know which direction I want my children to head and how to get them there- however it take more then one"MOM" hopes and dream to get them there. It take many different people with different, fresh ideas to make it happen. We have been doing the same thing expecting different results. I am result driven and ready to give ALL children the quality education that plaques NYC on a whole. We run the world, but our children cant even compete with the rest of the world. Something is wrong with this picture! I have a voice and its time that it is heard. For the sake of my children.

    Erona White-Frost

    Qualifiying School:05M154

    Applicant Background

    I was on the PTA last year. I am also on the School Leadership Team this year.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the board so I can get a better understanding of how this run in the school and how I can get better serves for my child.

    Sandra Williams

    Qualifiying School:28Q680

    Applicant Background

    I am an active NYC Public School parent leader in Districts 28/29 for over 15 years. Proud biological mother of five sons: two graduated from Queens Gateway attending Stony Brook University; two attending schools in District 28: Queens Gateway and York Early College Academy; one attending Queens Prep Academy in District 29. Three sons are general education students and two receiving special education services. President of District 28 President Council and over the years held leadership roles as PTA Corresponding/Recording Secretaries, Treasurer, VP, President and currently one of the longest serving President/Co-President of Queens Gateway PTA; Chair of Queens Gateway's SLT and Title I; Chair of District 28 Parent Advisory Council for school year 2009-2010; former President/Co-President of Queens High School President Council, Duke Ellington Elementary School (PS 140Q) and Arthur Ashe Elementary School (PS 161Q); past Treasurer of M.S. 8Q.; former member of the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) where I chaired the Bylaws Committee in 2007-2008. Fully trained by United Parents Associations (UPA) and the Urban League. Founder and Executive Director of a NYS certified Not-For-Profit Charitable Organization.

    Personal Statement

    It's time to invigorate parent involvement in NYC. Public School parents need a few veteran parent leaders who travelled the path, know the history, can stand up/represent at every arena and one that assist and support parents, FIRST. You need leaders who work hard and play by the rules -- and I have been, beyond your wildest dreams. It's time for all parent groups to offer real answers to the real problems that our schools are facing and speak frankly about what is not happening in our schools and find real resolutions. We must bring an end to just talk…let's ACT. To turn our schools around, we've got to listen to our parents, empower every parent with the education and training essential to help their child get ahead. We need to build a vibrant, innovating, organization in which every parent wins by becoming more productive. My experiences walking with my children from elementary through college, working with general education and special education policies, and my involvement in the community has given me a unique perspective on the pains and challenges parents face. If elected, I promise to give my all to my elected position and make sure your issues and concerns are fully addressed at all times.

    Wendy Lorraine Williams

    Qualifiying School:09X324

    Applicant Background

    I AM INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND CLOSING THE GAPS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL NEEDS. I HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MY SON PARTICIPATED IN EARLY INTERVENTIONS, AND HE HAS HAD AN ACTIVE IEP SINCE HE WAS 14 MONTHS OLD. I HAVE FOUND THAT WITH DEDICATION AND CONSISTENCY ALL CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF ADVANCING AND REACHING GOALS. I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS IN PITTSBURGH WHICH HELPED CHILDREN ACADEMICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND SOCIALLY.

    Personal Statement

    I BELIEVE THAT MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, THE CHILDREN, THE COUNCIL, AND THE COMMUNITY.

    Tina Marie Williams

    Qualifiying School:08X376

    Applicant Background

    I have prior work experience within NYC Dept. of Education.

    Personal Statement

    I have a child in an IEP program and I feel with my advocacy and communicative skills, I could help enhance and propel this particular council's to greater heights.

    Ericka Lisa Williams

    Qualifiying School:29Q116

    Applicant Background

    I have not done much but I do know that I care and can be very useful to any council. I have a attend several CDEC 29 council meetings and PTA meetings at my children's school. I also was on a special committee to review and revised the PS 116 Queens PTA/PA By-Laws.

    Personal Statement

    I just want to help, my kids are attending a Title 1 school and even though that is a benefit to some I am alarmed at what was going on in the community. I want to help the teachers with anything I can to make their job better to assist our kids.

    Alicia Williams

    Qualifiying School:75Q177

    Applicant Background

    Most of the meetings are held during working hours.

    Personal Statement

    I am a diligent and hardworking advocate for my son who is in the second grade at PS 177Q. During his tenure in the public school I have been able to navigate and conduct extra research in order to find out about services that would be beneficial for my son. My research skills along with my computer knowledge allowed me to take advantage of services and programs that I would not have otherwise known about. Through my efforts I was able to obtain Medicaid Waiver Services, enroll my son in after school program and camps which I found out about by surfing the web. I have become a resource to friends and colleagues who refer individuals to me to assist/advise them on services, schools and how to access programs for their special needs loved one. In my professional position, as an MWBE Advocate, I am also a resource to the MWBE/Small Business Community providing them with information that could make them more competitive. I believe that these skills along with my desire to assist the special needs community would be an asset to the Citywide Education Council and I look forward to working with the members.

    Kim Marie Willimas

    Qualifiying School:23K041

    Applicant Background

    Volunteer For Community Work

    Personal Statement

    The reason why i want to serve on a Community Education Council is because i feel that i will be a good help. That i would bring something new to the plant. I feel that i would be able to learn from this not only give back to the community. I know that i will be a good pick



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    Ramona Bisnauth

    Qualifiying School:75Q177

    Applicant Background

    I was a member for new york families for autistic children . I had work for Qsac after school programme.

    Personal Statement

    the reason why i would like to serve as a cityewide council so i can share my knowledge and experiences with other parents like myself and i can gain more knowledge because i am a parent of a child with special needs.

    Allison O. Bridges-Matthews

    Qualifiying School:75X017

    Applicant Background

    For a short time I served as Treasurer for Autism Bronx Parents of ANGELS. I also served as 017 PTA President (2008-2009). I have taught Tweens Bible Study at my church and currently rotate teaching Sunday School. My son was diagnosed with Autism in 2004/5. For the past few years he has attended a Sp. Nds camp at the 92nd Street Y. We also participate in many of the programs offered at NYC cultural institutions, some targeting the Sp. Nds community, some not.

    Personal Statement

    Having a child with special needs has made me very aware of the many needs of this population. At times I feel it is a duty for parents like myself to speak for parents and families that may not possess the natural ability to clearly, effectively and diplomatically communicate their concerns, opinions, wants and needs. I believe that I do possess that ability and believe that the CEC will provide one of the greatest and most unique opportunities to do so and have a substantial impact.

    Charlene Carroll-Hall

    Qualifiying School:75Q811

    Applicant Background

    I am currently a member of D75C. I am a member of the PTA at QHST and have attended various workshops on Special Education. On the weekends I mentor and help develop self esteem to inner-city youth through dance. I am also a member of the NYC chapter of CHADD.

    Personal Statement

    II would like to continue to serve on the D75C because I know I will continue to be an asset to the Council. I bring integrity and the tenacity that is necessary to represent our District 75 children and parents. I would like to be a voice not only for the children but for the parents as well. We have so many parents of special needs children that need an assertive and dedicated person such as myself to fight beside them for everything that our children are entitled to. Our children deserve to receive the services that they need and the space for those services. Our children deserve time in the lunchroom and time in the schoolyard. Our children deserve nothing less! In the past I have expressed my passion for helping our children continue to receive a quality education. My passion has not diminished one bit. I know my job is still not complete and I have so much more work to do. I have not untied my gloves yet and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

    Maureen Dantzler

    Qualifiying School:75K721

    Applicant Background

    I am currently involved with education council. I have sat in on hearrings on building utilizations, conflicts that may arise in a particular school. I am also involed with the iep process with various individuals to help make sure that every one get the proper services allowed to them.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the council because I love giving the information that I receive to all parents who may not know what school, programs or services that are entitled to their child. If I know something that can help make a parents decision on their childs education to make it better my job has been done and I feel good about doing so.

    Rhonda Alberta Davis

    Qualifiying School:75K369

    Applicant Background

    I am the President of the first all womens auto and motorcycle club we do coat drives food drives volunteer our time to alot of positive activities we are planing to start a chapter for our children an prayfully it will give the children an positive outlet so they will not get involved with the street gangs such as the blood an crips

    Personal Statement

    I've seen where the changes the board of education has gone through since I attended an I really must honestly say it saddens me to see this, children today face obstacles they we never had to face growing up an going to school. i am a parent that cares

    Blanca Gonzalez Sanchez

    Qualifiying School:75Q721

    Applicant Background

    Was PT Vice President at my other son's JHS, and was part of the CES group during 2004-2006

    Personal Statement

    Want to be able to give input , and know what is going on in the system.

    Diamaris Magarin

    Qualifiying School:75Q075

    Applicant Background

    I have a child in a district 75 special education class. He is in the first grade and since he came in to district 75 any and everything that could go wrong does. Even things that shouldn't go wrong have a way of going wrong. It has been a struggle and a long battle to get things straightened out for my son.

    Personal Statement

    I would like to be albe to help to make a difference for the children in district 75. A lot of focus has been put on general education but special education seems to have been left behind.

    Diana Marenfeld

    Qualifiying School:75K811

    Applicant Background

    member of CCSE 6 years, 1 year member of CD75 council,former PTA president PS231, vice president and member of two seperate leadership teams. parent volunteer with Heartshare human services. Chairmen of the D75council busing committee.. member of P.I.E.(parents for inclusive education. Wrk with Job path to develop a student work resume designed to promote the transition students to work.

    Personal Statement

    I Have been activiely involved in my 2 daughters schools since they started early intervention,I still have work to finish and will continue participating in the education council til i cannot seve anymore

    Berangere Jacqueline Pierre-Louis

    Qualifiying School:75K231

    Applicant Background

    Currently volunteering as Treasurer for the P.S. 231K PTA and as a Parent member of the School Leadership Team. Currently a parent member on the Citywide District 75 Council, and temporarily filling in as Secretry for the Council. Volunteered as "Leader of the Spanish Conversation Round Table" at the Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza)

    Personal Statement

    As a PTA, SLT, and Citywide District 75 Counil member, I am aware of the challenges that D75 schools are facing, as well as parents' concerns in regards to our children's education. Serving on the council will grant me the opportunity to address these concerns, help raise awareness on the issues that impact the education of children with special needs, work with different organizations that seek to improve D75, and ultimately stress the need to focus more on our children's abilities to provide them with the adequate resources.

    Gloria Ann Smith

    Qualifiying School:75K811

    Applicant Background

    Worked in the field for over twenty years as direct care,manager, director with aduths with all levels of disabilities. Currently the PA president at 811K for the last three years, which serve almost 400 students, prior to 811K I was PTA President at P4 for 4 years. Over 43 years of experience with my daughter who falls under the mild range. Over the past 17 years I have focused on the autistic population. My thesis was location and clusters as it related to the location of the autistic population in the United States.

    Personal Statement

    I want to serve on the CEC75 because i believe I can bring with me a lot of knowledge that I can share with others. I also know first hand that there are not enough parents participating in the day to day operation of their schools. I want all parents voices to be heard I can alsocontinue to bring information back to my parents as well as share with other members my experiences in the field.

    Alicia Valeus

    Qualifiying School:75Q933

    Applicant Background

    As a mother of a child with Autism . I would be able to provide a nd share my knowlege with others.

    Personal Statement

    As a nurse and a mother Ithink that I would be able to expand my horizon and provide education to others