Elizabeth (Ebett) Siddon
Candidate for School Board
Husband Chris and son Luke
Fisheries Biologist for NOAA
Co-founder of SouthEast Exchange, a group of teachers and community members working to create real-life connections and bring place-based science experiences to Juneau classrooms; statewide parent representative to the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council (coordinating programs and services for children prenatal through age 8) since January 2017; parent representative to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education’s Early Intervention Committee since 2015.
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Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”
I am running for School Board because I believe I bring a strong background in three specific areas:
(1) STEM education. I recognize the role that science can play in educating children and especially for children growing up in Juneau. I know the importance of communicating science to a broad audience, and I am familiar with the current landscape of scientific fields;
(2) Special education. I believe that integration, with appropriate supports, provides benefits to all students in the classroom; and
(3) Early learning and intervention. I believe in high quality early care and learning. I believe that early interventions lead to improved outcomes for children and that early investments lead to reduced long-term costs for families, the school district, and the community at-large.
I think the most pressing issues are: (1) Funding, (2) High quality early learning and kindergarten readiness, (3) Curriculum development, delivery, and evolvement, and (4) College preparedness and workforce readiness.
How can the Juneau School District continue to improve educational opportunities for students amid continued flat funding from the state Legislature?
One way for the School District to improve educational opportunities is to build more community partnerships that leverage skills, knowledge and expertise from within our community.
Access to affordable child care is a concern for Juneau parents. Should the Juneau School District look for more ways to address the issue? If so, how? If not, why?
Yes! Learning begins well before a child enters a Pre-K program or Kindergarten. At the same time, the majority of parents in our community need to work to support their families, therefore childcare is a critical piece of Juneau’s economic viability. The School District therefore should support community efforts that affect the quality of childcare programs and ask advice from organizations such as the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC). The Juneau childcare system has deficiencies in access, affordability, and quality — all of which impact kindergarten readiness.