The OEA members who attended the OPS School Board Candidate Forum provided the impressions of the candidates who attended. Click on the candidate name to read the questionnaire from candidates who submitted one.
Aja Anderson – No excuses; Brings young fresh perspective with intelligence; Already working in community outreach and in the schools; Knows the district and understands her role as a Board member in setting policy
Larry Taylor: Well intentioned but unprepared.
Yolanda Williams – Driven. Vast array of Parent/Teacher/Student relationships. Well-spoken, well-informed. She is willing to work with OEA, understands the role administrators play in school success.
James English – Did not attend forum but submitted resume
LaDonna York – Did not attend forum but completed questionnaire
Morghan Price: Inexperienced. Innovative. Willing to work with OEA, passionate.
Niokia Stewart – handled herself well in a group; focused on the need for post high school transitions and working with students who have mental health issues
Marque Snow – Did not respond to invitation
Woody Bradford: Committed, vigilant, understands the ineptness of the process. History of teacher advocacy. Understands policy making. Notices that teachers haven’t had a voice.
Marian Fey – Was unable to attend forum but completed the questionnaire and met with committee co-chairs to express her commitment to working with the OEA.
Bambi Bartek – Declined invitation to attend forum. Did not submit questionnaire
William Hoff – Declined invitation to attend forum. Did not submit questionnaire
Michael Warner – Did not respond to invitation
Jill Brown: Wants to hear the teacher voice. Early childhood educator advocate. Understands data and how it impacts education.
Eric Ewing – More authoritarian and order directed in his approach; Very focused on college readiness; Volunteers in the schools; Big on mentoring
Justin Wayne: Well-spoken, experienced. Solid understanding of issues. Stood up for teachers. Willing to stand alone on issues he believes in.
Nikki Diamantis: Supporter of Vocational Training.
Lou Ann Gooding: Financial perspective, concerned about fiscal redundancy. She is aware of current trends in education- ie Common Core Standards.
Jennifer Tompkins Kirshenbaum: Community connected, committed, proponent for change.
Angel Martin – hard to read and follow; she had a limited depth of knowledge of the major issues
Jeff Miller – Savvy, intelligent and articulate; Spoke about the need to be good stewards to raise future resources; Board needs to build trust with the public; Focused on the need for a strategic plan
Scott Zimmerman: Early Education background. Family of educators. Has a educators’ perspective.
Barbara Daughton – understand micro vs macro management; she has a good understanding of the multiples roles in education; strong commitment to early childhood
Matt Scanlan – humble; teacher advocate; nuts and bolts realist; focused on vocational education; very “everyman” who focuses on kids not politics
Nancy Kratky – Declined invitation but submitted resume
Joseph Misiunas – declined invitation and didn’t reply to questionnaire
Danyelle Barrata: Very focused on teacher input. Understood the role of finances. Believes in a strategic plan. Collaborative. Has good foresight.
Katie Underwood: Fresh perspective, passionate. She is from a family of educators.
Andy Allen – Didn’t respond to invitation
William Foresee: Narrow-scope but well informed, supportive. “In the know” of current issues
Juliana Garza: Advocate for communities, students, teachers’ She also is bilingual
Eugene Hoffmann: Well-intentioned
Lacey Merica: Committed. “Tried-true.” Understands current issues facing teacher. Innovative ideas to engage the community.
Meg Cordes – Provided press release information about her campaign
Mark Walenz – Didn’t respond to invitation
Sarah Brumfield – Grounded, committed, will engage the conversation, & goal oriented
William Gaughan – Well intentioned; Has moments of great clarity; Committed to student success
Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan – Didn’t attend forum or complete questionnaire
Brian Villafuerte – Didn’t respond to invitation