Candidate Survey: Matt Gresick for Baltimore County Board of Education
Bachelors in Secondary Education from Indiana University of Pa;
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College
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Student Taught at a Parochial School in England. 16 years of Maryland Public School Teaching including experience in the following grades and subject matters: 6th grade ancient history, 10th grade American Government, 9th grade US History, 11th grade World History, Sociology, Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Religions, Ancient History, and Leadership. Administrative Certification, Professional Development School Liaison with Towson University, Mentor teacher of the year for Salisbury University, World History team leader, professional development leader, social studies curriculum writer, justice institute fellowship, participant in the Korean War Digital Project, teaching American history grant participant, and continue to work with special educators in co-taught classrooms.
Assisted with former colleague’s, Eric Ebersole, campaign for delegate in district 12. Government relations chair for Howard County Education Association
Why are you running for office?
I’m a father and teacher that believes an educator’s voice is desperately needed to ensure that there is an experienced local voice in leadership.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Teddy Roosevelt because he had the courage to do what was right despite personal political pressure.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Team of Rivals because it illustrates how people with varied interests can be motivated to accomplish great things.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
The Essential 55 by Ron Clark is a must read for any educator that wants to engage their students.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Students are my top priority. Empowering their educators by limiting distractions in order to engage all individual students will be a major focus.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Rebuilding trust and reestablishing dialogue with the community.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Teacher retention-Safety-Student preparation for life after public education
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Yes and there are numerous items I like and some elements I would like to see improved. For example, the Parent Road Map feature for my son’s third grade curriculum is very helpful for parents to assist in their child’s learning development throughout the school year. I also appreciate the wide range of classes and opportunities offered in the high school curriculum. Elements that I would like to see improved would be more transparent and easily accessible curriculum plans toward preparing kids for life after Baltimore County Public Schools. For instance, if my son or daughter is interested in becoming a plumber there should be a road map, like in the 3rd grade, for the best available options to reach that goal.
What is your position on school spending?
Spending needs to be purposeful and responsible by keeping student progress always as the focus.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
New School Construction, STEM Programs, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
As a teacher of controversial issues it is necessary to have tenure; however, it should not be abused.
What is your position on standardized testing?
It is only one way to measure student and school progress and I believe we should focus more on longitudinal data to determine quality of education over time.
What is your position on classroom size?
Based on my 15 years of experience the ideal range for a typical class is from 16-24 kids per classroom.
Do you believe the Board of Education should having taxation authority?
No, power of the purse should remain with the county council.