What do you believe is the fundamental role of education?
I believe that the fundamental role of education is to provide our children with a good foundation based upon academic content, skill development, and character. Teaching out students to live and thrive as they set out into the world on their own.
How would you promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence in your school district?
I would promote rigorous academic instruction and excellence by using the values of strategic planning, educational best practices, and data-driven decisions to challenge our students ensuring they reach their full potential. Creating a environment of mutual trust and good relationships between the teachers, students, and parents.
How do you define Critical Race Theory? When implemented in school policies and curriculum, do you think Critical Race Theory differs from simply “teaching history?”
When implemented in school policies Critical Race Theory adds an element of bias (even unintentional) attained to a social group, thus indirectly discriminating them. I believe that teaching history is to provide factual unbiased accounts of the past, good or bad without bias and allow the students to reach a greater understanding of history.
How do you define Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Would you encourage the implementation of any SEL model in your school district? If so, which model and why?
My definition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is using the interpersonal relationships and a holistic approach to incorporate emotional and mental health when referring to education. I would encourage the use of a SEL model, understanding that not every model is all encompassing, I do like the "Way of Being" model. I think the fact that it touches upon all aspects of holistic learning: using physical skills in relation to mental, emotional, and social standing to equip students to become socially and emotionally competent at their stage in life.
How would you respond to the Idaho State Board and Department of Education’s recent dissemination of resources such as the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools, which argues that schools should adopt anti-racist practices, focus on social justice, and conduct staff-wide implicit bias trainings? Should teachers be required to attend these kinds of trainings?
Yes, I believe that due to the influx and biased information provided on social media platforms educators and associated staff members should have access to trainings and resources that provide accurate and current information regarding anti-racist practices, social justice, and implicit bias. This ensures that our teachers have the correct knowledge and tools to handle circumstances regarding these topics, feeling confident when putting them into practice.
Should your school district be required to teach a sex education curriculum? If so, should this curriculum include instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity? Should parents and guardians be required to provide consent before their children participate in any sex education curriculum?
I believe that sex education should be required as part of the school curriculum. In regards to sex education adding sexual identity and orientation it most defiantly should Not be included within the curriculum. Sexual identity and orientation should be addressed on on individualistic basis should the need arise. I also believe parents/guardians should be required to give consent prior to this class. By having parents/guardians give consent this allows parents and instructors a united front and having the education continue home.
How should school districts respond to the Idaho School Boards Association’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify?
While I do believe that personnel expression and choice is a integral part of a child's up binging, even in a education environment, allowing use of the gender identity bathroom poses a large safety risk at this stage. According to the American Psychology, the frontal lobe where judgement, impulsivity, and decision making reside and develop, this region to develop clear into one's 20s. While I appreciate that not all kids are deviants it only takes one person taking advantage of this policy to emotionally scar and damage another person. I believe that if the district wants to honor this recommendation at this stage a Unisex bathroom would be a better option since it allows both self expression in this way and safety for all parties involved.
Do you support mask mandates in schools as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy? Do you support implementation of any other policies or practices designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19?
As a COVID-19 mitigation strategy I do Not believe that a mask mandate is effective in this instance and with this population, so No I do Not support this. Speaking as a Registered Nurse who takes care of COVID patients everyday, I do believe that it is a issue we are all facing. I also know the struggle of wearing a face mask for 13hours at a time with very little reprieve. I do not believe that this should be mandated upon our children. I think that it is a personal choice and if individuals so choose to wear a face mask, I support their decision. I also support their decision those who choose to not wear a face mask (for whatever reason). I support other strategies: Proper Hand Hygiene, cleaning practices, and safety measures ( i.e. not sharing food or beverages) to be implemented as means of mitigating the effects of this disease. I do not support Mandates that take away peoples choice and subsequently their children's rights.