Tue, Feb. 25

Meet Camp Verde School Board candidate Helen Freeman

Helen Freeman

Helen Freeman

Helen Freeman

Age: 66

Years in Arizona/Verde Valley: All my life in Arizona. We have lived in Camp Verde for 39 years.

Occupation: Teacher

Education: B.A. Elementary Education; M.Ed. Instructional Psychology/Media

Elective and Advisory Experience: I am finishing my second four-year term as a school board member in Camp Verde.

Prior to being elected to the Board, I served on the site councils of the Camp Verde elementary, middle and high schools.

Civic Affiliations: I was a Cub Scout leader for 25 years and received the Silver Beaver award for the Verde District. I am active member of my church.

Verde Valley Newspapers: What uniquely qualifies you to serve as a member of the Camp Verde Unified School District board and what has prompted you to seek this position?

Freeman: I have already served on the board for two terms. It has been a rewarding experience.

All 10 of my children successfully graduated from Camp Verde District schools and I have been involved in their education as they have grown.

I believe strongly in the importance of public education and wish to continue working on the programs, changes and opportunities that we are implementing.

We are working to provide a quality education for each child so that they will have the skills they need to be successful when they leave our schools.

Verde Valley Newspapers: Is the Camp Verde Unified School District adequately serving the educational needs of its K-12 students? Do you feel that a four-day school week effectively addresses the school district's educational mission, and if not, and how do you suggest the district meet those objectives?

Freeman: Our responsibility as a school board is to provide the best educational experience for our students, whatever that looks like.

What we need to focus on is not the number of days we go in a week, but what programs do we need to offer and what do those programs require in terms of time and resources.

With input from staff and community, we are in the process of developing a strategic plan for the district that will guide our decision making as we seek to help our students reach their potential and beyond.

I am willing to consider an educational program that meets those needs even if it doesn't look like what we are doing now, because what we are doing now doesn't seem to be getting us where we want to go in terms of student achievement.

Verde Valley Newspapers: Do you have any specific changes you want to make in school district policies, programs or the various school curricula being offered? If so, what changes do you want to make and why?

Freeman: I would like to see the district work on a way to help each child be successful at whatever level they are on.

This might include an individual education plan for each student that looks at where they are now and allows them the flexibility to move forward without being restricted to a fixed grade level.

Students would start at whatever level they are at and have a program designed to help them learn what they need.

All students are different and we should be able to help those who are behind as well as those who need to move ahead, allowing them opportunities to learn according to their own level of understanding.

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