5.3.17 ‒ 5.16.17 ‒ vol. 13

Jessica DeDomenico

Jessica DeDomenico…The Experience our Community Needs Candidate Statement

My name is Jessica DeDomenico and I am running for Pelham Board of Education. As a college counselor with 15 years of experience working with young people and as a community leader with a proven track record of fiscal accountability and project management, I believe I bring the right kind of experience to the Board and to our school district.

 

My husband and I have lived in Pelham for 12 years, and we’re very proud to be raising and educating our four sons here. From my first neighbors in Prospect Hill, to the connections I’ve made at Colonial School and on the sports fields each week, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from every corner of town. As a member and board member of the Junior League of Pelham and volunteer for Colonial, County Harvest, PACT, the Pelham Library, and The Picture House, I’ve fully immersed myself in the life of our town.  I pride myself in having a diverse group of friendships, and am well positioned to balance the many different viewpoints, beliefs, values and needs of the people in Pelham.

 

I am also a strong believer in public school education. Not only am I a product of public schools, including the University of Virginia, I have worked in public schools for most of my career.  Since I graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology,  I have worked as a high school counselor in Rye and Mamaroneck, and at the French-American School of NY.  My tenure working with students, teachers and administrators in schools has given me a deep understanding of the learning profiles students need to be successful in college. Throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how the experiences students have in middle school and high school often translate to future success and college readiness. Success is different for each student, so as a Board member, I will be committed to making balanced and informed decisions with an eye toward helping each student in our school district reach his or her own potential.

 

At the same time, I know all too well the competing demands of fiscal prudence and good governance. I recognize that the decisions school boards have to make are not easy ones and that we can’t have it all.  There is a delicate balance between remaining fiscally responsible and striving to create innovation and improvements to our schools. That is the essential task that faces the Board, and I am committed to maintaining excellence in education in the face of our district’s growing needs, while also making sure that our tax dollars are well spent.

 

I believe that my time as President of the Junior League of Pelham will serve me well in that task. As President during the final phase of completing the Woodland Park project, I played a major role in fundraising for the park, raising community awareness and making decisions to the satisfaction of various constituencies. I have an understanding of what it takes to bring various stakeholders together to reach a common goal, and I am proud of what we were able to contribute to our community through that project.

 

I am very excited about the potential opportunity to serve on the Pelham Board of Education. As a homeowner, a parent of young children, and an educator, I have a vested interest in the success of our schools.  I will use my extensive knowledge and experience of how schools work when making decisions and I will work collaboratively with parents, students, teachers, administrators, my fellow board members, and community members across our district.  If elected, I will bring the time, dedication and positive energy that is needed to keep our schools at a standard we can all be proud of. Excellent public schools are the bedrock of our community.  What is good for public schools is good for everyone.

 

 

 

Letter of Endorsement for Jessica DeDomenico

 

We are writing to express our firm support for Jessica DeDomenico’s candidacy for Pelham Board of Education. We believe that Jess’s professional experience as an educator, combined with her tenure as a community leader here in Pelham makes her the right choice for our community.

 

As residents who are deeply immersed in education issues, both through our professional lives and our volunteer experiences, we know first-hand how important it is for members of the Board of Education to have the right kind of experience. Jess is undoubtedly qualified on that score;  as a guidance counselor with over 15 years of experience, she offers a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities in preparing students for success in college, and in understanding the social and emotional dynamics that confront young people throughout their school years. We believe that perspective would be a valuable addition to the Board.

 

While Jess has a wealth of experience with older students, she is also an elementary school parent. We think the duality of her vantage point is a considerable asset that allows her to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to the needs facing our students at every stage of their education. When we look to the challenges that face the district in the coming years - addressing our facilities in the face of growing enrollments, preparing our students academically and emotionally for the rigors of college, evaluating and possibly expanding the IB program, balancing the needs of our district with our desire to be fiscally responsible - we believe that Jessica is well-positioned to confront these issues with an open mind and a thoughtful process.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Jess’s character. She is kind, positive and upbeat. We’ve watched her make positive contributions to the Colonial School community, to the life of our town through her work with the Junior League and other nonprofits, and in her company, we’ve always found a warm welcome, a friendly ear and wise counsel.

 

Without hesitation, we believe she would make a powerful addition to the Board and we wholeheartedly offer our support.

 

Sincerely,

Erin and Jeff Ginsburg

 

Jeff is the Executive Director of East Harlem Tutorial Program, a K-12 educational nonprofit that serves nearly 1,300 students. Erin is actively involved with the Colonial School PTA and teaches CCD at St. Catharine’s.

 

 

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