As I went around collecting signatures to run for the State Board of Education, I was struck by the many young parents who had their children in Pre-K programs in Ward 4 schools. My wife, Myra, was a HeadStart teacher for 25 years and I became thoroughly indoctrinated in the value that this program had for her students and their parents. Hers was an inclusive classroom that allowed students with special needs to seamlessly become part of a tight-knit learning community. I want to become your voice to make sure that all of our children have this early boost to their education.
During my career as an English Teacher, one of the greatest professional experiences I had was being able to be an AP English Literature and Language teacher. Besides the challenge of teaching the courses for the last twenty-five years, I was also able to become a teacher trainer for hundreds of AP teachers and to become a reader of the exams. The doors that these additional responsibilities opened are still ongoing.
During my last year at Cardozo, we were able to offer AP Literature to all of the seniors and the results were spectacular.
I am a firm believer in making sure that all of our students are able to be part of a more rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for their lives after high school.
I have never felt that there were any children in my classroom who couldn't better themselves given the opportunity and resources. It is our duty to make sure that the system is willing and able to provide whatever is needed to all the children to make sure that they succeed.
Our schools are undergoing monumental change in the diversity of our students. This is an ideal time to make sure that our system responds to the changing population in our ward and our city. Our curriculum needs to reflect that change.