Name: Carol Ann Brown
Occupation: retired teacher
Educational background: BA in English University of Connecticut MALS in English Wesleyan University Teaching experience in Vermont, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts before Connecticut (Chase Collegiate, Watertown HS, & NVCC). Librarian & archivist at Republican American newspaper. Community work includes board member of North Purchase senior housing, Historic District Commission, Old Bethlehem Historical Society.
What are your ties to Region 14?
Bethlehem resident since 1979. Two granddaughters graduated from NHS.
Why would you like to serve on the Region 14 Board of Education?
I would like to be re-elected in order to see the building project to completion. It is important with a new superintendent to have consistency and continuity. The new curriculum requires implementation from paper to practice with ongoing evaluation.
What do you feel are Region 14’s strengths and weaknesses, and how do you feel Region 14’s weaknesses can become strengths?
The student/teacher relationships are our strength. We are known for our strong VoAg and art programs. Weaknesses (problem areas would be a better term) come from communication within and between the communities. Dr. O has been the first superintendent to address building community relations. Declining enrollment will present problems with our athletics. We need to be creative and look at cooperative programs so that our students play safely the sports they love.
If you are re-elected, how would you make Region 14 the best public school system it can be?
Get the word out that we are a great system. The board needs to know what’s going on and working with our stakeholders.