School Council Elections – Parent Community – Vote October 3rd – 7th

The School Council elections will be held next week, Monday October 3-7th. Please read the information below from Lisa McManus:

There are four Memorial-Spaulding parents interested in representing the parent community on 2011-2012 the School Council.  Below are the names of the candidates, a short bio, and a statement of interest.  Please review this information before voting.  I’d like to thank the candidates for their interest in supporting the Memorial-Spaulding School community.

Voting for School Council will take place next week, Oct. 3-7.  The ballots will be in the main office at the small round table.

Amy Tonkonogy
Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation. Over the past 21 years, Amy has been responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of dozens of major initiatives conducted through the Educational Productions unit. She pioneered and refined WGBH’s unique approach to capturing effective teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms, resulting in numerous industry awards and practitioner commendations. In the past decade, she has focused on projects that integrate video within online environments, producing resources that target teacher professional development, K-12 curriculum, medical education, and lifelong learning. Amy has also used various media to translate research findings to practice, most recently through a contract with
SERVE to illustrate research-based strategies for engaging young students with increased vocabulary. Her current work is focused on effective classroom implementation of Common Core State Standards. Ms. Tonkonogy holds a B.S. in Communications from Northeastern University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.
I have one child, Graham, who is in kindergarten this year.  While I am new to the school community, I was a student at Memorial Spaulding myself and am really enjoying seeing it from a parent perspective.

Jen Russell
I am interested in making a valuable contribution to the school in a meaningful way. I am passionate about education of the whole person. I appreciate the value education is for our children and future. This is where it all starts. I believe when educators who are supported and valued, they can provide excellent education. I am willing to be part of a team of people to create an environment which supports our educators that reflects the community we live in.
Please, consider me for school council representative.

Aytul Farquharson
I am writing in response to your search for parent representative to join the School Council. I am sincerely interested in taking an active role in generating a whole-school improvement plan and its implementation to give each child an equitable chance to receive an excellent education at Memorial Spaulding.

I have been a dedicated member of public school education force for the past 11 years in MA. In my capacity as a teacher and coordinator of specialty subjects, I have had the opportunity to be part of several whole school improvement initiatives.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in scaffolding and differentiated instruction; special education and inclusion classrooms; interdisciplinary/cross-curricular teaching to improve student learning and performance as well as my knowledge and experience in using data driven instruction and professional development resulting in higher student achievement.

I am holding a current K-12 Massachusetts Teaching License. My graduate work includes a Degree in Liberal Arts from Harvard University and in Special Education from Northeastern University. In addition, I have a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Berklee College of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

Although Memorial Spaulding has made statistically significant progress in student academic success over the past year, there still remain areas in need of improvement for teacher and student capacity to perform at highest potential, and close achievement gaps encountered by sub groups. I strongly believe that my assets would be an effective contribution to Memorial Spaulding in its mission for improvement, and I would be happy to be part of this exciting mission at Memorial Spaulding and our community.

Doreen Rachal
My name is Doreen Rachal, Esq., and I am the mother of Jordin Rachal (4th grade) and Dallas Rachal (3rd grade). I participated on the Council previously and would be honored to participate on the Council this upcoming year.

I am currently an attorney with the firm Bingham McCutchen, where my practice encompasses a variety of business litigation matters.  I have experience litigating cases in both state and federal courts.  Prior to becoming an attorney, I attended Catholic University of America located in Washington, DC, where I obtained a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Affairs.  I also obtained a JD from Howard University School of Law.  After graduating from Howard University School of Law, I clerked for the Hon. Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

I am an active board member of several organizations committed to public service, which, in part, provide youth with various educational tools for success and opportunities for educational achievement and advancement. Additionally, a portion of my legal practice has focused on various juvenile related matters, including issues impacting juvenile immigrants.

I am also committed to diversity and inclusion.  I currently serve as the Programs Director for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and as a member of the Diversity Committee at Bingham McCutchen law firm.  Both of these positions have allowed me to implement various programs focused on the development and retention of attorneys of color in Massachusetts and obtaining and retaining future attorneys of color.

Based on these experiences, my interests are aligned with the mission of the School Council. If selected, I intend to contribute innovative ideas geared toward assisting with the execution of Memorial Spaulding’s improvement plan and to bring forth ideas that will foster diversity and inclusion.