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November 3, 2013

Letter: Kimberley brings educator's experience to board

To the editor:

Gloucester is fortunate to have so many capable and dedicated candidates running for School Committee.

For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to seat an educator at the table — one who has done the hard work of meeting the needs of students and encouraging in them the love of learning.

These learners and those who educate them are why I ask you to join with me in voting for Hannah Scialdone Kimberley for School Committee.

The voices that are often absent in debates about policy, curriculum and budgets are those of students and teachers. These voices are critical to all of our decisions for they are the ones who will thrive or struggle as a direct result of what we do. Hannah’s vast teaching experience, from third grade to the university level, offers us important insight into the work of the learner and the teacher. Her understanding of how schools can address the challenges and needs of learners comes from facing those challenges every day.

Hannah’s 15 years of teaching experience will bring to the School Committee the perspective of the classroom. As the committee works to try to understand the questions they are tasked with deciding, she will give voice to the most important part of our schools – the learners and those who teach them.

Please vote for Hannah Kimberley. She is a researcher, consensus builder and problem-solver and will work tirelessly to advocate for excellence for all of our students as they strive to become capable citizens of the 21st century. As a fellow educator, I know that Hannah’s experience will ensure that teaching and learning are at the table.

SUE BROWN

Gloucester

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