I am the grandson of a school superintendent and public-school teacher, the son of two public-school educators, a longtime participant in public and private education, the parent of three adults with diverse educations and the grandparent of two preschoolers. I understand the importance of education and admire those who devote themselves to it as a career and as students. My scientific education has given me an understanding of the physical world that we all share and the importance of measurement in refining that understanding. My experiences in research, development, and manufacturing have given me an appreciation of the importance of innovation, goal-setting, skill, persistence, and resiliency.
To serve our community in the oversight of the Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) District Administration in their goal-setting, management and spending.
To serve parents by being available to learn their hopes, plans, and concerns and integrate them into VPS Board actions.
To serve our students in their goals to develop competence, responsibility and compassion to become better members of our community.
To serve the VPS teachers and staff in their goals to develop skills and knowledge in our students.
To serve the VPS Board of Directors in considering pertinent questions about measurable goals that help us achieve our potential.
The Board meetings provide a forum to showcase the significant accomplishments of School District students and employees. Sincere and timely recognition is a good start for each meeting.
Preparation for Board meetings is done well with detailed presentations from the District Leadership Team at “committee of the whole” meetings. All Board members have shown engagement and dedication to this process.
The Board reviews and approves the contracts and expenditures of the District in a timely manner.
During my past employment, one of my co-workers explained that he wanted me on his staff because I asked good questions. This is a skill that I offer to our Board and our voters. When you consider these questions, please keep our VPS Mission in mind; they are meant to probe how well we are performing our Mission.
You can reach me at email@example.com or 360-952-1317 with comments, suggestions or requests.