The Village Green has invited the candidates for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education to submit statements for publication, which we will run as we receive them. Election day is November 6, 2018.
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the South-Orange Maplewood Board of Education. This is a pivotal time for our students and community here in SOMA. Now more than ever we need strong, committed leaders and advocates who empower students, champion best practices and create welcoming, equitable, inclusive and affirming schools for all students and families. I’ve been a leader in the field of inclusion and education for over 20 years. I bring a strong and unique voice not currently at the table and bring a passionate and professional background on educational research, best practices, policy and oversight solutions.
I’m an consultant on intersectional, inclusive, safer schools, traveling nationally as a sought-after trainer, speaker, consultant and advisor to K-12 schools, universities and governmental agencies. Locally, I’ve been a strong, outspoken advocate for all youth and families, helping to end food insecurity at CHS, successfully co-organizing the CHS Senior Fund and Prom Pop Up Shop, chaperoning Midnight Madness, mentoring students, serving as Library Trustee, serving on the Advisory Committee of the SOMSD Parenting Center, and serving on the board of SOMA Action.
I’m inspired to run for BOE because I see clearly how my expertise as a policymaker will help transform the quality of our district with effective communication, consistent co-operation, policy expertise and bridge building that will contribute to systemic change. This change will have greater impact for more students than the individual volunteering and community organizing I’ve been doing. I’m an educator who became an education policy expert so I could work more effectively to care for, protect and help empower educate more kids. My life’s work is creating inclusive and affirming schools and communities in which all children and families can excel and thrive inside and outside of the classroom. It’s time to bring my expertise to the SOMA BOE to create the change we need to move our district forward together.
We need an experienced community advocate and educational leader working on district policy that will help not only to move our district forward together, but also to help repair the underlying issues that create such a large number of students and families who need advocates in the first place. Only with a student-centered climate and culture can we achieve the equity and excellence that are our district’s primary goals. I look forward to meeting with the community at the many campaign events and candidate office hours I have planned. Join me on November 6th and vote for Safe, Equitable Schools – vote Shannon CUTTLE.