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Jennifer Caldwell: Democratic Candidate for Board of Education

Communication and responsiveness to parents' concerns is Caldwell's top priority as nominee.

Jennifer Caldwell, 45, is an occupational therapist who has worked in public education for most of her career. She holds a Masters degree in Special Education, and is a member of the Democratic Town Committee.

Since moving to North Haven five years ago, Caldwell has been active with the Parent Teacher Association at her children’s schools, and volunteered for a variety of school activities. She has two children enrolled in the district, ages 14 and 15.

Caldwell comes from a family of educators (both her parents were teachers, as are two sisters), and said one of her strengths as a board member would be the ability to address issues from the perspective of both parent and education professional.

“I would like to be in a position to have a positive impact on our educational system,” Caldwell said. “I am interested in seeing that our financial resources are wisely spent, going to support students, teachers and school based staff.”

Caldwell said she feels board members have an obligation to remember they are accountable not only for helping the district meet state and federal education mandates, but for listening to voters
and accurately reflecting the will of the community. She said she would like to see a vehicle put in place whereby citizens could easily contact board members to express opinions and get answers to questions.

“I feel it is extremely important that parents and members of the community are empowered to be engaged in our educational system by having a board that responds to, and acts upon, ideas and concerns that are brought before them,” Caldwell said.

Rich Halkyard August 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM
I would like to see each and every candidate for the BOE respond by stating their understanding of and position on NCLB. Do they support CT applying for a waiver? If CT is granted the waiver which we have applied for and taken legal action to obtain, how do the candidates expect for it to be fully implemented by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year? What are their positions on standardized testing? How do they propose to cover the costs associated with meeting NCLB's testing standards and requirements? What is North Haven's level of student performance?

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