Cantor: Beckman, Schild are best candidates for SUSD Governing Board

Vote. Vote. Vote. Please vote!

Exercise your rights and responsibilities. Your children, your family (yes, even your pets), your community and your schools need your voice. The fact is, we all need one another to cast informed votes.

Nancy Cantor

Most folks know me through my involvement with education and kids, teachers and neighborhood schools. Some know me through neighborhood safety and revitalization of our neighborhoods, and others through the Age Friendly Cities program. Believe me all of those things are important to strong healthy cities.

I have voted.  I voted for two moms for the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board — yes, I know more moms.

What I was looking for were jugglers who understand the needs of our students, teachers, administrators and school facilities, and how the puzzle pieces handed them by politicians and state government have to fit together for the greater good.

Christine Schild is the write-in candidate and Patty Beckman is on the ballot.

One, Ms. Beckman, is kind of a newbie who I first met when she introduced to herself to our community with the lament, “I am just a mom.” I laughed, because there is not such thing as “just a mom.” She knows there are challenges facing our schools and teachers and parents and kids. She knows that district partnerships have to be rebuilt and time and attention to  every child being a successful learner is easier said than done.

I have known Ms. Schild for years. She started out as just a mom, too.

Through the trials and tribulations of life, moving to Arizona, raising three sons while being the wife of a Mayo doctor, and running for school board to see how she could help when others were running away; re-establishing a law practice, dealing with a less-than-fun divorce (are any of them?) and jumping back into the school fray when she realized that some of our students were having their rights abused and their chances for being successful learners completely taken away.

Christine Schild knows the parent game, the school game, respects education and strong partnerships for all – students and teachers and staffs.

Patty Beckman brings the parent skills and the working-mom skills, having worked in finance management while raising her twins. As a student at Hohokam several years back, she experienced having a mom lead the PTA (don’t laugh, that is a tricky job being mom and PTA). She has done a lot of homework over this last year (and that hopefully will not stop) getting to know and keeping in touch with the teaching and learning that is different for every teacher and student.

Together these candidates bring a balance and realize that Scottsdale Unified School District, again, has gone through  difficulties over the last six years that have torn the district apart. Political games and poor, self-serving top administrators have nearly destroyed the accountability and quality of the learning process and that covers the terms of the last two superintendents.

I am sure that my detractors will take a shot at me for writing this letter of support, but that is to be expected. Cut through the politics and personal grudges and get involved. The first way to do that is to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

Editor’s note: Nancy Cantor is a resident of Scottsdale.

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