District 622 Q&A: Nancy Livingston (incumbent)The Bulletin asked District 622 School Board candidates the following questions:
City: North St. Paul
Education: Bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota
Occupation: Director of community relations and outreach at Century College
Family: Husband Tim VanNess; three adult children; and four grandchildren
Civic involvement: Member of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board for 13 years; 916 Foundation board member, Lakeshore Players board member
The Bulletin asked District 622 School Board candidates the following questions:
Q: What do you see as the major issues facing District 622?
A: We need to improve student achievement. We are improving in math, but need more proficiency in reading. We need to continue to challenge our top-performing students, while providing necessary help for struggling students. We need to build new partnerships with local business leaders who can help today’s students become the skilled workers of tomorrow.
Q: How do you think the district should address learning gaps within its schools?
A: Literacy and math specialists are helpful to assist struggling students. Having children attend all-day, every-day kindergarten helps students get an early start on their reading and math skills. Above all, it is important to have effective teachers who are supervised by principals who are excellent instructional leaders.
Q: How can the district incorporate technology into the classroom?
A: Giving teachers adequate training so they can use technology effectively is important. It takes practice to use technology strategically, and students must be given regular opportunities. Up-to-date technology has the potential to individualize lessons, motivate students and help struggling students improve. As a board, we must allocate sufficient funds to support the hard-working people in our IT department so that they, in turn, can support the important work in the classroom.
Nancy Livingston is an incumbent for District 622 School Board.