The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.


When my wife Susan and I decided to buy our first house and raise our family, we decided to move to a town that had a reputation for academic distinction. We wanted to place our children in a school district that excelled academically, athletically and in the arts. We could not be more pleased with the well-rounded education our children, Bryce and Brooke have received.

I am interested in running for the Orchard Park School Board because I would like to share my 20 years of educational experience with the Orchard Park community. As a college professor in the field of education, my job is to prepare future teachers for the new era of accountability in education, while at the same time, reassure them that teaching is still an art and a science. In this new era of education, it is easy for anyone (student, parent, teacher or administrator) to get overwhelmed by assessments, data and data driven decision-making. These feelings can lead to a sense of powerlessness, anxiety and confusion about what it means to learn. Therefore, I would like to serve the citizens of Orchard Park during this time of educational transition and contribute to the conversations among our community members, so that our young Quakers will continue to get the best well-rounded education in Western New York.