Candidate Survey: Michele Morrissette for Queen Anne’s County Board of Education
Michele L. Morrissette
Master of Science in Nursing
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Why are you running for office?
I want to be a voice for my community in matters effecting our children’s education.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan. He was a no nonsense man who represented the people of this country that didn’t have a voice.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents & Teachers. I have a special needs child. No one tells you what to expect and how to make sure your child gets the education that they need and deserve. It may not be the same as “normal” children. As the parent, you are a part of your child’s education planning team, not a bystander.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
My top priority is to be an advocate for our community members that feel as though they are not being heard.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Attracting and retaining well qualified and effective teachers. Salaries must be competitive with neighboring counties and states.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Tight budgets, attracting and retaining effective teacher and safety.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Our schools curriculum is advanced, placing our children in a position to succeed in higher education. What is lacking is having the same offerings of classes county wide. Trades classes are only at Queen Anne’s County High School, computer science is only offered at Kent Island High School.
What is your position on school spending?
Our schools are doing the best they can with the resources they are provided. Their budgets are tight. I know many teachers that spend their own money to make sure their students have the resources and supplies they need to succeed.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Arts Programs, Curriculum Development, Teacher Pay
What is your position on teacher tenure?
Tenure should be based on performance. Any teacher demonstrating effective teaching strategies that engage their students in different ways should be rewarded. Recognizing that not every student learns the same way and being able to meet that need is a must.
What is your position on standardized testing?
While testing is necessary to measure the progress of our students’ learning, I do believe that too much time is spent on preparing for these tests instead of really being able to dig in to the subject matter and being able to really experience it and put it to practice. We are now seeing that our children are missing the basics; spelling, writing skills, cursive writing, daily living skills such as writing a check, balancing a checkbook, giving change, filling out an envelope and basic face to face communication. We have become too computer dependent.
What is your position on classroom size?
Class size is small for reading and math in our elementary and middle schools. This needs to extend to social studies and science as well. These subjects have high reading skills and, at times, math skills that are required as well. Those students that need that extra attention in these areas struggle when that extra help is not there in these larger classes.
Do you believe the Board of Education should having taxation authority?