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Pennfield Schools School Board {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Board members serve a 6 year term.

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  • Mike Bishop

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    Abby A. Green

  • Gary Hall

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Biographical Information

Why do you want to serve? What are your qualifications?

What has your experience been with public schools, and how would that influence your work on the board?

What are your priorities for the district? Why and how did you choose those?

Grade the superintendent's overall performance. Where is he or she performing well, and where can he or she improve?

How should districts evaluate teacher performance? Do you think teachers are doing a good job?

Do teachers receive adequate compensation, support and professional development to be successful in their jobs?

Do families and community members feel welcome and respected in their school?

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Professional Experience Licensed CPA for over 30 years at Jessup Group, P.C.
Political Experience Current school board member in Pennfield
Family Husband, Leo Children, Lindsey (and David) Potter and Sarah Green, 3 grandchildren
I want Pennfield to continue to be a strong district. Educators spend so much time in the system that they don’t always see things from the community or parent perspective, and that makes healthy school boards essential to the district. Thoughtful adults who enjoy collaborating, respect differences, and expect to work hard make the best school board members. I believe I meet that profile. In addition, different individuals with a variety of backgrounds give the board diversity for the wide range of issues that schools deal with. My background and education as a child care provider, and as an accountant, gives the board the advantage of that perspective.
Personally, my experience with my children at Pennfield was excellent, and I think that helps me always expect the best. There were areas that I thought needed attention, specifically the balance between athletics and curriculum. I’m proud that the vision, belief statement, and goals that the Board adopted in 2015 are so clear about the focus on academic success of the students.
My priorities for the district are to continue to take action on the four strategic focus areas we approved in 2015 – student achievement; communication/community engagement; learning environment/facilities; and professional development. If you look at the vision statement of the school you can see that it isn’t fluff – it will require hard work and focus to achieve. We involved many people; from the greater Pennfield community, as well as from faculty, students, and board, when we were developing the vision statement, belief statement, and focus areas, and I can’t think of anything better to choose.
The board now grades the superintendent on a scale developed by the State of Michigan that has 4 levels from “ineffective” to “highly effective”. Superintendent Everett’s overall performance last year was at the 3rd level, effective. Mr. Everett is particularly good at nurturing leaders and building a strong administrative team. One of the areas he has chosen to work on this year is communicating and interacting more with the community, including parents.
I like the evaluation tool Pennfield uses, which is based on the State tool. I agree that student learning needs to be evaluated to know whether teaching methods are effective. The issue at this point is HOW to evaluate that student learning, because the teacher doesn’t control all of the influences over a child’s learning. It also needs to be assessed in more than one way, since an intelligent child may just not test well on a computer and would be assessed incorrectly. I think the teachers at Pennfield, as a whole, are doing a great job. From the pre- and post- testing we’ve evaluated as a board, students are making appropriate progress.
Yes, at Pennfield they do. Our teachers are at or near the top of the earnings scale for local schools. Our professional development is very well-thought out, and includes options for teachers to get individualized PD.
We were very intentional in putting this in our vision statement “Pennfield will provide students and families with a safe environment in which mutual respect and kindness are highly regarded”. I think school board members hear from families when they don’t feel respected and that has only happened about 4 times in my first term on the board. Every time we look at the circumstances and try to help administration figure out what went wrong and how we can improve.
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