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.
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