Luke Eastman for School Board

I asked Luke Eastman to write up something I could share with my readers. I’ll be voting for Luke on Tuesday. Here’s what he has to say for himself:

Hartford schools are under mounting pressure from Montpelier to consolidate.  I will be a staunch advocate for Hartford’s world-class elementary schools and work tirelessly to ensure that consolidation proceeds at the will of the taxpayers and in a manner that benefits our community. The schools in our district are exceptional and serve as a compelling incentive for young families to move to our town.

As a third-generation Quechee native, I know first-hand the quality of our schools and am proud to say that the Hartford school system has been essential to my family’s success. I attended the Quechee Elementary School and graduated from Hartford High in 1993 with an academic scholarship to the University of Vermont.

Having lived and worked as an educator in the People’s Republic of China, I returned to Vermont to serve as the Production Manager and Managing Editor of the Outdoors Magazine.  In 2007, I graduated from the Upper Valley Educators Institute after completing my student teaching at the Dothan Brook School.  For the last three years I have been teaching at an arts and technology magnet school  in Chicago, and I am currently partnering with the Hartford Prevention Coalition to develop extracurricular arts program for the Upper Valley community. I bring with me a perspective informed by the experience I have earned working in both our local schools and a large urban elementary school.
Our school board has lacked transparency, and I will dedicate myself to building community engagement. Most importantly, I will listen. Hartford is at a crossroads, and we need to make sound long-term decisions that will ensure that the next generation has the competitive edge to build a brighter future for our community.
Luke David Eastman

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