Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Newport School Committee Candidate


I'd almost move to Newport so that I could vote for Sandra. She's the perfect candidate, I think.



Sandra J. Flowers has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Newport School Committee in the upcoming November general election. A veteran teacher of thirty years in the Newport public schools, Flowers has continued her involvement in education as a volunteer tutor and mentor, as well as service on the boards of numerous education and cultural groups in the area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and education from Salve Regina College in 1965, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rhode Island College in 1969, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Salve Regina University in 1996. She received a PhD in humanities from Salve Regina University in 2006. She also taught for several years as an adjunct instructor at Salve Regina.
In making her first run for public office, Flowers states that her years as an educator, as well as her continued involvement in research and hands-on tutoring, make her acutely mindful of the challenges faced by the students, teachers, parents, and administrators of the Newport Public Schools. At the same time, Flowers, a native Newporter and property owner, said she is “all too aware” of the social and economic changes faced by the local taxpayers. She sees some of the major issues that school committee members must address are the high school graduation rate, test scores on all levels, special education, the school physical plants, and operational costs. Noting that part of the School Committee’s mission, “in partnership with students, families, and the community,” is to assure that students will attain the skills and abilities to become life-long learners and productive citizens, Flowers said she intends to work “to improve the sense of collaboration and cooperative spirit that is so sorely needed in our community and in the state.”


For further information, contact Sandra J. Flowers at: 847-7271 (home)
378-7554 (cell)
sjflowersphd@yahoo.com
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