on May 13, 2013 - 8:04 PM
, updated May 15, 2013 at 1:57 AM
The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.
School just isn’t what it used to be. Our elected officials have been starving our schools of funding while imposing mandate after mandate. My oldest son will begin kindergarten in the fall. With changes being made to public education, he will spend more time taking tests and less time exploring, playing music, and creating art.
I was born and raised in Springville and am a SGI graduate. I graduated from Oberlin College with a history degree in 2001. After working out of the area, I returned in 2005 to start a family and to serve as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Justice in Buffalo. I have experience building broad coalitions of community groups, faith leaders, unions, business groups and politicians to win policy changes that benefit the entire community. Last fall I stepped down as Director in anticipation of the birth of my third child to be a full-time mom.
I have served in leadership positions on several boards, including as President of Springville Center for the Arts, and have been recognized by the John R. Oishei Foundation as one of WNY’s notable young leaders. I am married to Seth Wochensky and we are the proud parents of Elijah, Anatoly, and Adeline.
I want my children and our community’s children to have the best educational experience possible. I believe that teaching is more important than testing. I believe the success of our district hinges on having strong and innovative academic programs. I believe that we should be engaging students, teachers, and parents in advancing green initiatives. I believe in making our budget process more transparent and I believe in collaborating with parents, teachers, and students to advocate for the funding that our schools need.