Bernstein will be an excellent board member

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I’m writing to express my enthusiastic support for the election of Peter Bernstein to the Board of Education.

I’ve admired the actions and tone set by First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman Drew Marzullo. These leaders share a willingness to work for the people of our town. They put people’s needs first and work together even with different political parties and different agendas. They make the town the priority — not their egos.

Unfortunately, some members of the Board of Education don’t seem to share this nonpartisan approach. It’s crucial that children, and their education, be first priority, but with the BOE that has not always seemed to be the case. That’s why I am so pleased that Peter is running.

His election will mean we have a first selectman, selectman and a board of education member who puts our citizens first, not themselves. As someone who asked Peter to run for PTA president at Hamilton Avenue, I know that he has the skills and temperament to succeed on the board.

At Hamilton Avenue, he encouraged collaboration and worked with challenging personalities, winning people over with enthusiasm and logic. Peter’s focus was providing enrichment for the students and driving parent outreach. He strongly supported monthly Cultural Cafes, school assemblies (including one dedicated to bullying) and classroom activities ensuring that every student in each grade experienced an out-of-school field trip.

Peter wanted parents to feel they had a part to play in their child’s education. He encouraged participation in class parties, being in the school for activities like concerts and multicultural nights and volunteering in a classroom as a way to foster community and to build relationships with teachers.

He also engaged our teachers. He addressed the teachers at staff meetings before school started and again during the year to make sure they knew what the PTA was up to and ask for their help and ideas.

Peter Bernstein will make an excellent member of the board. He will follow the example of collaboration between leaders that is possible in our democracy, and make positive contributions through collaboration.

 

Allison Radzin
Greenwich

 

The author is the president of the Hamilton Avenue School PTA.

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