SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE: Bryson Makes Her Closing Argument

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently provided all six Wilmington School Committee candidates with one last opportunity to convince Wilmington Apple readers to support them at the ballot box this Saturday, April 22.

Below is the response from candidate Jennifer Bryson.

Jennifer Bryson

QUESTION: Make your closing argument. Why should Wilmington voters cast one of their two votes for you?

ANSWER:

Dear Residents of Wilmington,

I hope that you will consider me for one of your votes on April 22nd. The issues I see facing the School Committee have compelled me to run for an open seat, and I can assure you that I will approach them with urgency, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to serving all of our students. In addition to my dedication to serving our town of Wilmington, I am confident that my experience in education as a classroom teacher, a faculty member at the School of Education at BU, and my deep investment in providing equitable access to the curriculum for all students, will be a strong addition to the school committee. My knowledge and experience as a parent of two children in our school system also enables me to deeply understand family/caregiver concerns in our district. I have served on the School Advisory and Parent Advisory Councils, organized and participated in fundraising initiatives, and have partnered with teachers and district leaders in an effort to strengthen our district and family-school partnerships.

If I am elected, I will prioritize the hiring of our new superintendent. After engaging in a series of meetings with Wilmington residents, it was evident that this candidate should have a strong background in teaching and leadership, curriculum development, and a deep commitment to serving all students. My ideal candidate will highlight the need for equity, diversity and inclusion, and access to the curriculum for all students and be knowledgeable and supportive of special education, social and emotional development including knowledge of anti-bullying curriculum, and substance abuse prevention programs. It is essential that our next leader understand the complexities of teaching, respect the work and preparation of teachers, and remain committed to maintaining consistency and strong leadership in all of our schools. We are looking for a leader who has a vision, extensive experience as a school/district leader, and the ability to strengthen an already deep relationship with our town.

Throughout this campaign, I have consistently stated my commitment to reviewing and revising policies to ensure consistency across the district, our need to provide excellent services to our children with IEP’s and 504 plans, school and bus safety, a continued increase in anti-bullying curriculum, as well as the need to provide ongoing, job-embedded professional development for all of our teachers. I would like to thank all of the families and residents who have shared their concerns, hopes, and goals for our district. It is through meeting so many of you that I have been able to think deeply and critically about the issues facing our district. Thank you for trusting me and please know that I will be a voice for all families and residents in Wilmington if I am elected.

I am dedicated to strengthening education for all students and I have devoted my entire career to teaching and learning. I taught second and third grade in Chelsea for ten years in an inclusive classroom, and now serve on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Education, where I prepare future elementary teachers. Additionally, I began my doctorate in literacy and language education in 2014 where I research the importance of family involvement in schools. I am confident that my experience will translate well to my role as a school committee member. I not only work in many K-12 schools across our state and internationally, but I also work closely with university students as a professor and advisor, participate in admissions, oversee educator preparation in the School of Education, and serve as a liaison to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. My macro view of education will be an asset to the School Committee and our town of Wilmington.

I am hopeful that I will be elected to represent you as the School Committee engages in the important work of hiring our new superintendent as well as addressing the town’s educational goals and policies, the school budget and school improvement plans. Please consider me for one of your school committee votes on April 22, 2017. Polls are open from 8 AM – 8 PM, and if you are unable to make it to the polls, absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s office until Friday, April 21st at 12 PM. I would greatly appreciate your vote and would be honored to serve on the Wilmington School Committee.

To learn more about me, please visit https://www.facebook.com/JennBrysonForWilmingtonSchoolCommittee/

Very truly yours,
Jennifer (Jenn) Bryson

Jennifer Bryson
Jennifer Bryson

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