I grew up in Rogers (Hassan Township) on a small hobby farm just outside of town. My father’s family is from Rogers, his childhood home just a half mile down the road from ours, and my mother grew up in St. Michael. I’ve lived in this area most of my life, and moved to Albertville in 2009. My wife and I married in 2011 and began to fall in love with the school district shortly thereafter, taking advantage of the awesome classes offered by ECFE with our two daughters, and eventually Bright Beginnings, Kindergarten at the Primary School, and then Elementary. This year marks a new era for us with our oldest heading off to Middle School. In 2017 I volunteered to help establish a robotics program at the high school as a programming mentor, and continue to serve as President of the 7028 Robotics Booster Club as they head into their 6th season in First Robotics.
I’ve been a software engineer since 2006, I started in a full-time corporate position out of college and moved into a consulting role in 2008, eventually starting my own business and consulting independently for several years before settling down a bit again in a full-time role with Ceridian in 2017.
You can find more information about my experience on LinkedIn.
Software engineering, like many engineering disciplines I imagine, is mostly problem solving. We all use different tools and mediums to get there, but we’re all trying to get from point A to point B, and we need to come up with solutions to the problems in between that are preventing us from reaching our goal. I think this approach also applies to problems in our district, and hope to work as a team with the other members of the board to help overcome some of the hurdles we’re facing.
As a parent, and as a volunteer at the high school for the past five years, I believe the biggest problem we’re facing right now is funding. Our class sizes have grown to 40+ in some schools, teachers are overworked, and students are not getting the 1:1 attention they deserve. We need to get class sizes back down to where they were prior to the pandemic.
But how do we get there?
The Legislative Action Team did great work this past year bringing awareness to the problems with the state funding formula, we need to continue this work, and keep lobbying our representatives in order to get additional funding without relying solely on our tax payers to carry the load. We still need to pursue a levy as well, the need is now and things at the Capitol move slow. Until we can get more help from the state, we need to do everything we can to alleviate the pressure we're feeling with class sizes and staffing shortages, we can't hire teachers (or even maintain the current staff) without additional funding.
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