To the Editor:
I’m writing in support of Board of Education candidate Shannon Cuttle. Shannon is a nationally sought after expert in school climate, advising school districts throughout the country on research-based educational policies and best practices to create equitable school environments where all students feel welcomed, valued and safe. Many of the frustrations currently being voiced about our schools are rooted in a need to improve the climate and culture in our district. We are lucky that Shannon is so committed to helping our district that they are running for the BOE for a second year in a row!
Shannon is a former teacher and administrator. Since that time Shannon has specialized in the field of welcoming, safe schools, founding both the Safe Schools Action Network and National Safe Schools Day. Shannon directed anti-bullying initiatives for the District of Columbia, and was a frequently called-upon expert on educational policy issues in the DC area, including working with Congress and the Obama Administration in support of creating inclusive policies and measures.
Shannon came to NJ as the Managing Director of Garden State Equality, leading the way on youth and schools initiatives, and then moved into private consulting. Shannon was instrumental in crafting NJ’s HIB law and has worked with several state legislators on numerous educational and diversity issues.
Recently, Shannon has been appointed by Mayor DeLuca as a Maplewood Library Trustee and serves on the SOMSD Parenting Center Steering Committee. Shannon has led and advised students working on the CHS Food and Toiletry Pantry, CHS Senior Fund, CHS Prom Pop Up Shop, and the SOMA Action Student Leadership Committee. Shannon also served as an advisor to the creation of the Township of Maplewood Youth Advisory Committee. Clearly Shannon is committed to making sure that students have a voice in the decisions that are affecting them.
The Board of Education would greatly benefit from Shannon’s educational research and policy expertise, and proven ability to work with people of different viewpoints, achieve consensus and take meaningful action to create a climate where all students can reach their full potential. Please join me in voting for Shannon Cuttle on November 6th.