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Candidate profile: Suzanne M. Van Sice, Williamsville School Board

suzanne-vansiceSchool district: Williamsville

Age: 46

Town (current residence): East Amherst

Current occupation and/or community involvement:

I have been a full time educator for over 24 years. I hold three certifications: Elementary Education, Special Education, and School District Administration. I have a background in coaching and have coached for many years in my district and in the community. Within my district, I am chairperson for several committees. I am also involved in the PTA. As a member, I chair various committees along with volunteering at multiple events. I am an active member in my church as well. I have been a Catachist for over 7 years and participate in various fundraising events.

Number of years you have lived in the school district: 17

Incumbent: No

Have you run for office before? No

Please tell us about yourself:

I have been a resident of the Williamsville School District for the past 17 years. I am happily married and have 2 children who attend Williamsville Schools. My entire family has a background in education and education law. I believe I would be an asset to the school board because my passion is in education and I am a life long advocate for our children. These children are our future and need to be nurtured in the most well rounded educational environment possible.

Please describe the top issues facing your school district and how you would address them as a school board member.:

I believe the top issues facing the school district are testing and Foundation Aid. In regards to testing, I would like to meet with the Commissioner to be given the opportunity to voice the district's concerns and issues. I would also reach out to the Board of Regents and Erie County Legislators. As for Foundation Aid, I would request a new formula is devised and encourage the inclusion of the State Education Department and the Legislators to be part of this process.

Do you think public education in New York is headed in the right direction? Yes

Please explain why, in 100 words or less:

Public education in New York is in the midst of change and that change is headed in the right direction. However, it would be ideal to have these necessary changes at quickened pace. Ultimately, this would lessen the stress and anxiety in the classroom and bring back the fun and creativity in the learning process. I do believe our Commissioner is willing to listen and make necessary revisions when in the best interest of the students. Such issues as permitting tests results to be shared with the teachers to help drive instruction and decoupling test scores to a teacher's performance as there are more effective ways to evaluate a teacher would also show movement in the right direction.

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