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Candidate profiles: Mascenic School Board, Greenville

Richard “Wally”

Occupation: Learning Specialist at Souhegan High School

Time living in town: 35 years

Previously elected offices: none

Other Qualifications: Graduate of Granite State College, Differentiated Instruction Coach, Critical Friends group Coach. Affiliations: Coalition of Essential Schools, School Reform Initiative. Lead students on Habitat for Humanity experiences nationwide and locally.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

I feel compelled to give back to a community that educated and cared for my three children. As a lifelong learner and educator I want to support our faculty and staff to be at the center of changes for Best Practice that engages all of our students. I believe that collaborative practice in the classroom and in meeting rooms leads to higher performance levels for all students. I know the creativity and professionalism within the staff is at the center of doing what is best for all students. I know that shared facilitative leadership creates ownership for all stakeholders in our community. I believe that action based research that is shared with the public makes high quality faculty work visible. The transparent sharing of rich faculty work makes visible how our students are cared for as individual learners. I know that this kind of teaching and learning can better inform us of how our students are doing than a single standards based test does. I believe it is our job to support teachers to the best of our abilities. All the available research shows teachers have the highest impact on our students’ performance level, followed by their own peers, then parents. This is why I want to serve to help support the continuation of the Best Practices currently in place and support the pursuit of new Best Practice pedagogy. This is how we will prepare our students for the 21st century. I believe all of these things can happen within a reasonable, appropriate budget that fosters inquiry and creativity in the community of learners in our district.

Robert Turner

Time living in town: 5 years

Previously elected offices: School board, three years

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

I really enjoyed my first three years and look forward to hopefully serving our Mascenic school district again. I think our schools are a wonderful place for children to learn. I think that the staff in all of our schools is the greatest.

I’m a single father of two sons that attend school in the Mascenic District. I have lived in the area for five years and wanted to be active in my children’s education, and also be a voice for the children in the district. Thank you for the chance we to serve our great towns.

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