Candidate Survey: Sherone Thompson for Caroline County Board of Education
Bachelor of Science, Psyhology
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Caroline county native, graduate of Colonel Richardson High School, class of 1995.
I’ve held elected offices for the PTA in Caroline County, I’ve participated with the Policy Council at MRDC and created a parent committee for ABC Childcare Center.
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Why are you running for office?
I believe this is the path I’m destined to take. As a single mother of 4 , I’ve been active in their education and have helped other parents and community members advocate for their children.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Michelle Obama. Although she didn’t hold a political office, I believe that she carried herself exceptionally as FLOTUS and her platform for children’s health was outstanding.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Audacity of Hope, it’s a great depiction of how compassion can drive an individual to create their path and be elected to the highest position in the United States.
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
Courageous Conversations, Glenn Singleton. It’s the difficult, uncomfortable conversations that produce more empathy and understanding that will create fair policies for our communities.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
To empower parents and community members advocate for their children’s education, which will strengthen our workforce and neighborhoods.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Diversity in staff, equity in education.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Instruction for workforce development, keeping up with innovations in technology, security (physical and internet).
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
Yes. While it’s admirable that we have a “new way of teaching, conversations that I’ve had with teachers and parents seem to say the new way is more frustrating. Teachers say they weren’t given enough time to prepare and parents feel they weren’t told the new curriculum would be put into place so soon.
What is your position on school spending?
Be frugal and considerate of future county educational needs.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
Arts Programs, STEM Programs, Teacher Pay
What is your position on teacher tenure?
I believe teachers sacrifice their time and talent to serve our community by educating our children. Tenure is a basic right for them to have, based on the service they’re giving.
What is your position on standardized testing?
All students don’t test well. What is the standard based on…other counties, statewide or nationwide? Are the tests beneficial for those on Vocational tracks?
What is your position on classroom size?
I believe smaller classrooms are beneficial for elementary/middle schools. High school could have larger sizes as they’re preparing for the college/the workforce/military service with larger groups of individuals also.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
Not necessarily. County residents have enough taxation responsibilities.