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Carrie Green summarized her reason for running for her Board of Trustee Area Two seat as “I’m running because I’m a parent who cares.” She said that “it’s important to lead by example” and she hoped that her conviction during her previous term on the Board and her current campaign to keep it can, “show (her) kids that, when you care about something, you go all in.”
Green cited the instructive value of her parent’s perspective, as well as her time spent volunteering in the classroom, as key experiences that inform her work as a Board Member.
“My time on the board also gives me that historical knowledge of our programs and policies that’s beneficial when looking at our past practices and new future issues,” Green said.
When dealing with controversial and complicated issues, Green says the district, “needs to honor them with a lot of communication and collaboration,” and that, “it’s important that we make space to be good communicators and listeners, and take the time to understand the issues and all the perspectives.”
In the end, Green says that “if you just ask yourself, what’s the best decision for the kids, most of the time it’s not a complicated issue.”
Regarding priorities for the district, Green says, “our top priorities are always going to be our students, our staff, and our families.”
“Student achievement is the name of our game, always the No. One priority,” Green said.
Green notes that the pandemic was hard on our youth and that the school district needs to, “remain student-focused, and continually look at what our data is telling us, addressing those learning losses.”
Beyond achievement, she says the district must also, “remain focused on honoring all the great work developing our equity statements,” as well as, “proactively identifying and personalizing specific needs for each and every child.”
Green says the school district must always prioritize attracting and maintaining high-quality staff, as, “we’re nowhere without them,” and that the district must work to cultivate a positive work environment and keep their salaries competitive with other positions.
Green emphasized that family engagement is central to the education process and is a major priority for her as a Board member. Green noted that it’s, “harder for a student to fail when they see and feel there’s a whole team of support behind them.”
She encouraged parents to look into a number of organizations like PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations), WEF (Winters Education Foundation), and Winters FFA, as well as volunteer opportunities to keep them engaged with their children’s education. Green noted that the school district has a lot of work to do in that process as well.