MES Board of Education, Jean Wilson: September 22, 2023
To the Editor:
Schools are the backbone of any small town. Our schools need administrations and school board members who are deeply committed to shared community values, to excellent educational facilities, and who are able to make connections with the community. We have major issues facing education today including school safety, erasing COVID-era learning deficits, computer security, AI usage policies, and a lack of air-conditioned school buildings, just to name a few.
As a candidate running for the Marlborough Board of Education this fall, I believe that by working collaboratively, we can find solutions for these pressing issues. I have worked in education for over thirty years as a teacher and trainer and bring expertise in instructional/curriculum design and in many instructional technologies. In my current position, I run Blackboard, an online learning platform at a nearby private university and I help faculty apply best practices for applying a variety of technologies in teaching and learning, including teaching online.
While working at the University of Massachusetts, I built and put online a cable TV station, where I mentored and advised many students, many of whom I am still in touch with today. These experiences have taught me how extremely important it is for teachers to understand the uses, strengths, and concerns that technology brings to education.
I have previous board experience, having served four years on the RHAM Board of Education during the tumultuous COVID years, so I understand how vital a Board of Education is and how it works. In addition, I have also served on a local library board. In all work and volunteering, I am considered frugal, fair-minded, and honest.
My family has lived in Marlborough for over twenty years and regularly participates in various community organizations. We chose Marlborough because of the reputation of its schools and our child attended both MES and RHAM. Our child’s exposure to the fantastic teachers and high quality education here in Marlborough has led to many successes.
Please vote for me in the upcoming November 7th election so we may continue to uphold the tradition of excellence at MES.
Jean Wilson, Marlborough
Candidate for MES Board of Education