WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently asked all six Wilmington School Committee candidates about their qualifications and their reasons for running.
This week’s response schedule is as follows: Kathleen O’Donoghue (Monday), Rhonda Musikar-Rosner (Tuesday), Amy Largenton (Wednesday), Sabrina Hewitt (Thursday), Jennifer Bryson (Friday), Steve Bjork (Saturday), and a recap (Sunday).
Below is the response from candidate Rhonda Musikar-Rosner.
QUESTION: Why are you running for School Committee? Why do you feel you’re qualified for the position?
ANSWER: Why am I running? I am running for School Committee because I want to make a difference in my community. Although I am not a Wilmington native, I have three children that are. All three children attend Wilmington Public Schools (Wildwood, Woburn Street and the Middle School). I have grown increasingly concerned as I see more and more of my children’s friends and peers leaving Wilmington Schools to attend private schools. I live in a neighborhood where 60% of the children attend private school. One of my goals is to help change that trend. As a school committee member, I would diligently work to ensure that the committee works as a team with teachers, parents and administrators to make our school system even better than it is now. I want to see more social-emotional learning going on and more hands on experiences for students. My goal is for all children and parents be made aware of resources that our town has to offer. For parents that cannot afford school supplies can get assistance. As a parent and a public school employee I am concerned about the stress levels of both our children and teachers. I feel we need to work together with the schools to establish a more consistent, reasonable amount of homework for our kids. A curriculum that is challenging but at the same time engaging all students. I want to see a school environment that is supportive and positive of all. In short as a School Committee Member, my goal is to work together with fellow School Committee Members, parents, public school staff and administration to make Wilmington Schools a place where all families and students feel supported while receiving a good quality education.
Why am I qualified? I am a 25-year public school employee (School Counselor) with three children in the Wilmington School system. As a School Counselor, I have worked at all grade levels from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I have a vast understanding of the standardized testing that our children undertake. My job has given me the opportunity to work with children of all abilities and needs. I am a big advocate of a child’s social emotional needs both as a learner and an individual. My job is one that involves a lot of communication skills . On a daily basis I work with teachers, parents and administration to ensure that the students I see have their educational and social emotional needs met. I want Wilmington to be known as a district that stands out because they do this too. As a parent, I have one child in Kindergarten, one in third grade and one in sixth grade. As both a parent and a School Counselor, I am also well versed in Individual Education Plans, and 504 plans. I have attended hundreds of Individual Educational meeting and 504 meetings on students. As a result, I am well aware of the process and laws that go along with Educational Plans and 504 plans. The district I work in has moved towards inclusion classrooms, a trend that Wilmington is also moving towards. I have currently work closely with both teachers and students in co-taught classes. This has given me knowledge of what has worked and what needs to be worked on. If it is experience you are looking for you got it. I believe it takes teamwork to raise and educate the children of Wilmington. I am a strong advocate of this. I would like to work as a team with Parents, teachers and administration.
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