PS20 has an opening on the School Leadership Team (SLT) for one of its PS20 family member positions. The SLT essentially serves as Ms. Barbera's steering committee - more info below.
Below you will find our nominees and a brief statement they submitted for your consideration.
Parents, grandparents and/or guardians are eligible to vote in this election. We will close the vote on Friday, March 19th at 7pm.
Here is a link to vote:
I am writing to express my interest in being elected to the School Leadership Team as a PS20 Family Member. My children, Penelope (6) and Shane (4), both attend PS20 and it is our hope that they will both continue to do so for the duration of their respective elementary educations. My wife and I have lived in the Fort Greene community for the past fifteen years and strive to make as much of a positive impact in this community as we are able in both our careers and our free time.
I am a licensed attorney in New York State and spent the past ten years working in private practice where I was mentored by Brian O’Dwyer, son of the former President of the New York City Council Paul O’Dwyer and nephew of New York City Mayor William O’Dwyer. Recently, I have diverted my career and am now a Lead Manager for the I.A.T.S.E. National Benefit Funds, a collection of jointly-trusteed Taft Hartley benefit plans. In addition, I spent several years teaching and mentoring young college athletes as an Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach at Saint Joseph’s College (also located in the neighborhood).
In conjunction with my career, education has always been a passion of mine. I studied various educational pedagogists as a sociology major at SUNY New Paltz as well as special education law while at New York Law School. These experiences have left me with a unique perspective of viewing and measuring educational successes. As a result, I am eager to put into practice some of the analytic skills learned along the way that can assist in the collaborative development of PS20’s Comprehensive Education Plan.
Moreover, I am especially motivated to assist in refining a model of instruction within PS20 that both prepares our children for continued academic success while also directly benefitting the community in and around PS20. With a decent understanding of the challenges faced by our specific community, I am well-equipped to bring a fresh perspective and an open-mind to this role. It would be both an honor and a privilege to serve in a family member position on the School Leadership Team and I hope that you strongly consider my candidacy for this role.
Description of the SLT:
The School Leadership Team (SLT) consists of PS 20 family members (parents, grandparents, guardians), staff members and Admins. Members are elected for two year positions by their peer group (i.e. parent members are elected by the parent body, during a PTA meeting), and then meet monthly to read, review, and discuss the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). The CEP is a set of goals individualized for our school based on data collected by the DOE, such as attendance, test scores, etc. The CEP is a living document, meaning it grows and changes throughout the year with the DOE and SLT’s input. When we look at the goals, we work collaboratively to find the best possible ways to meet the goals with our unique community in mind.