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.