2021 Candidate for School Committee, Ward 8
Campaign Website: https://www.covedavis.com/homeBiographical statement
I am a life-long educator who is passionate about quality education and the opportunities that it can unlock for students. My career has included roles in all levels of K-12 education. I have also volunteered in Newton for the PTO and other community organizations.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
I have worked in Education for more than 20 years in a variety of settings and roles. I have served as a teacher, school counselor, Assistant Principal and Principal mostly in Chelsea, MA. I have an EdD in Educational Policy and Leadership. I currently run the Five District Partnership which is a collaboration between the school districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop that focuses on creating shared curriculum, assessments, and professional development. These experiences have not been in Newton, but I have been involved in Newton in the PTO and other local neighborhood groups so I also understand the local context.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
My first priority will be to work with the rest of the school committee members on prioritizing communication and transparency on the school committee and in the school department. Some steps have already been put in place to improve this, but I would expand these efforts so that all stakeholders are informed and that misinformation or lack of information does not continue to erode trust in the schools.
Question 3: What is your plan to communicate the Newton schools’ plans, decisions, and programs to residents without children in Newton schools? How will you engage with them?
This is an interesting question, but gets at the heart of improved communication. I would work with involved community members to determine the best ways to communicate with these stakeholders. I imagine that this group of voters do not get school department newsletters etc. I would try to find ways to reach out to different groups and connect them to what is going on in the schools. Maybe there could be something that is like an alumni publication that is aimed at the general public about what is happening at the schools. I would also be open and make myself available to speak with any voters.