Jennifer A. Seidel
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Date of Birth:
Aug. 29, 1971
Married to Stephen Seidel for 14 years
son (11) and daughter (9)
Carroll County Board of Education
Montgomery County Public Schools (Reading Initiative/ESOL Teacher); Discovery Communications, LLC (Independent Contractor)
How many years:
I started working for MCPS in 1994 as a classroom teacher and eventually worked out of the central office. I left for awhile to care for my children when they were younger. During this time I worked as an independent contractor for companies such as Discovery Communications, LLC, and I taught preschool for a few years. I went back to work for MCPS when my youngest child started kindergarten. I also still work as an independent contractor for companies such as Discovery Communications, LLC, writing, editing and creating web-based educational materials.
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Elementary and Kindergarten Education; Bowie State University, M.Ed. School Administration and Supervision; I hold an Advanced Profession Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education, and I also hold Administrator I and ESOL certifications.
Community groups involved in:
member and past Teacher Appreciation Week Co-Chair, Mount Airy/Parr's Ridge Elementary Schools PTA; member, Mount Airy Middle School PTSO; member, Suburban Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi; member, Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Poplar Springs; ex-officio board member, Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation; member, Resolutions' Committee, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE); Member, Federal Relations Network, National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Past political experience:
I was elected to the Carroll County Board of Education in 2008.
What are the three main issues you wish to address during your campaign and how do you plan to address them? Please limit your responses to 50 words or less.
1. Fiscal responsibility: My first term has been marked by the toughest economic times in years, yet we have not had to sacrifice the quality of education as we've made drastic budget reductions. If re-elected, I pledge to continue to prioritize when spending hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
2. Academic excellence and continuous improvement: In the midst of mandated curricular change and changes in accountability measures, we must maintain high standards to make sure our students are college and career ready. As a system we must focus on what's important with a goal of continuous improvement.
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3. Teacher Attraction and Retention: We must focus on maintaining a strong teaching force as we face changes as a result of the Common Core Standards/Race to the Top. Many teachers are eligible for retirement, and we need to find ways to attract and to retain the best teachers.