Teachers are our District’s Greatest Asset

sandee-everett-2016I believe that teachers are our District’s greatest asset. The role public school teachers play in society is critically important – it is one of society’s most important jobs. What could be more important than the education of our children? Teachers need to be understood and supported by parents, staff, administrators and District leadership to succeed in the goal of providing an excellent education for our children. Education is a collaborative effort. Providing teachers with sufficient technology, professional development and the flexibility to innovate are all essential to ensuring the best education possible for our children.

I am the daughter of two public school teachers and I was raised to love teachers and the public school system. I intimately understand teachers. Below are yearbook pictures of my mom and dad back when they were teaching (both are retired now). My dad taught at the high school and my mom taught at the middle school level. They were dedicated to their work and I hope that my work on the school board will be a continuation of their legacy of teaching and service.

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I believe that teachers go into their profession because they know the value of what they do and they enjoy helping kids. I have found this to be the case with both my parents as well as the teachers that my own children have had. My children have benefited from amazing teachers in this district. Between my five children, they have had more than sixty CVUSD teachers.

I have volunteered in many classrooms. I have seen excellent classroom management styles, experienced the concern teachers show to individual students, witnessed teachers giving of their personal time during lunch and after school to ensure students were supported, and seen their professionalism while teaching. We really have some of the most amazing, caring, and dedicated teachers there are.

Members of the school board need to understand teachers in order to be effective. The school board represents the community and provides a check and balance to the administration – but the board also makes a lot of decisions that affect teachers as well as the day-to-day happenings in their classrooms.

My oldest daughter is twenty-two. When I asked her about some of her experiences with her high school teachers, here are a couple of her responses. I feel these examples can provide us all with a glimpse into what our teachers do and the lasting impact they have on their students:

“I loved Mr. LaRocca because his class was super interactive. We often did debates and he always made sure to stay neutral during them. He never told us which political party he affiliated with and encouraged us to figure out for ourselves what we believed as far as politics went.”

“Ms. Rayl challenged me intellectually and I actually looked forward to doing readings for her class. We read Hamlet that year and ever since I’ve always loved it. I was able to connect the things we learned to my own personal beliefs and found a lot of value in coming to class as far as my personal growth went.”

I am committed to working well with teachers, staff, parents, the community and administrators. I will listen to teachers and work to build relationships of trust and understanding. If elected I believe teachers will find me to be someone that works hard to ensure our focus always stays on what is best for all students – and I believe this is also the focus of our amazing teachers.

Sandee Everett, MSEd

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Grant Brimhall Endorses Sandee Everett for CVUSD School Board

During the more than two decades that I served as the City Manager of the City of Thousand Oaks I had the privilege of working closely with exceptional members of our School Board, their administrative staff and scores of faculty members. Excellent leadership in our School District is extremely critical to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to experience solid and balanced educational opportunities. Your children and ours deserve it; and, provide it we must! Therefore, I enthusiastically endorse Sandee Everett and invite you to join me in her candidacy for the Conejo Valley School District Board of Education. Sandee has the background, the temperament, the experience, and the values that we need on our school board.grantbrimhallwithgrandkidsatlibrary

In my view Sandee is by far the most highly qualified candidate for our Board of Education that I have seen in years. Above and beyond her years of volunteer service in the schools and community, she has a Master’s Degree in Education from a highly respected program (Purdue University), and holds an active California license as a K-12 School Counselor. Sandee understands education issues inside and out from the perspective of helping students succeed, and she will bring this valuable expertise to our School Board.

Sandee is levelheaded, good-natured, hard working and works well with people of all backgrounds and worldviews. I am sure that, in part, this is the result of her training as a school counselor. Additionally, her readiness to serve our children and our school district is enhanced by her long history of community and church service.

Sandee brings enormous energy, insight and solid values to education issues. She is the daughter of two public school teachers. Public Education is in her blood and she will work tirelessly on behalf of students, teachers and parents. She has continually shown tremendous dedication to our school district by faithfully attending School Board meetings since early 2015, by serving on the Student Publications Handbook committee, and through her involvement in the schools where her children have and do attend.

Because Sandee is the full-time mom of children currently in CVUSD schools, I am confident that she will be particularly sensitive to the concerns of parents, our children, and their families. She will represent our district with integrity and solid educational expertise. For these reasons, I will be voting for Sandee Everett on Election Day. Please join me in supporting this exceptionally prepared, well-educated, devoted and integrity-laden woman.

Dr. Grant R. Brimhall
Retired City Manager
City of Thousand Oaks, California

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students

During my school counseling training at Purdue University, I was privileged to be mentored and instructed by a leading expert in high-ability/gifted students, Dr. Jean Peterson. My understanding of this important student population will bring valuable insight and perspective to the school board if I am elected.

All students are unique. Their learning styles and abilities vary considerably, creating interesting challenges for teachers as they strive to meet the needs of their students.

However, the diversity among gifted students can be extreme. The importance of keeping this population of students engaged and thriving at school is critical not only to their academic success, but to society as a whole – as what they have to offer is a new generation of innovation and genius as we move into an even more competitive and global economy.

Gifted students, especially when they are young, can sometimes be targeted as problems because they are often bored at school. They can also be hard on themselves and demand perfection of themselves. If individual gifted students are understood, their social/emotional needs are met and their thirst for knowledge and achievement is nurtured, they will not fall into the common pitfall of underachievement.

In addition to CVUSD’s impressive offerings for gifted students, I believe we can provide more options, especially at the grade school level. I would work to ensure that the gifted program at each elementary and middle school campus is meeting the needs of those gifted students who wish to stay at their neighborhood school.

I believe our high schools already do a great job at serving high-ability/gifted students. The Honors, AP and IB level courses, impressive labs, our wide array of foreign language classes and other rigorous class offerings are examples of how our high schools engage and challenge gifted students.

We just need to ensure gifted students reach high school already excelling and ready to take advantage of these opportunities rather than bored, jaded and drifting into underachievement.

If elected to the Conejo Valley school board, I will support gifted student offerings at all levels and advocate for the individualized needs of these exceptional students. Each one of them has the potential to change the world.

– Sandee Everett, MSEd & California Licensed School Counselor