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A Teacher for School Board

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I am running for reelection to the High School Board because I am a teacher.

I began my career twenty-four years ago in an on-site school for severely emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in residential treatment. I have since worked with children from all walks of life, at every grade and ability level, and in both regular and special education classes. I am currently a Resource Specialist, teaching students with learning disabilities in Mattole Valley Charter School's independent study program. Several of my former students are graduates of Northern Humboldt High Schools.

I became a teacher because I wanted to make education relevant and meaningful for my students. I went into special education to help those who struggle to gain the skills they need to succeed. I soon became aware of how challenging those goals are. Teachers cannot meet them alone. The adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," is all too true.

My four years on the School Board has been a tumultuous time. We have seen untenable budget reductions that forced painful cuts in staff and services, changes and challenges within the Board, dramatic changes in adminstration, crises in cyber-bullying, economic recession nationwide, and the passage and implementation of the Measure Q school bond. Throughout it all, we have succeeded in meeting those challenges with outcomes that have made our schools better. I am proud and honored to have been a participant.

Looking forward, I am advocating for our Board to form a clear vision for the future of our District and to set goals that will move us toward that vision. I want to contribute my experience and insight to that process.


Friends of Dana Silvernale 2013