I felt compelled to publish a final word on Measure G before Super Tuesday but I figured everyone has had enough of me and my blizzard of facts that have been circulating in recent weeks.
So I invited to Kelly Kennedy to do a guest blog. For the few of you who may not know Kelly, she has lived in Brea for over 40 years, graduated BOHS (2 years at the old high school and 2 years at new). Kelly taught at Arovista for 6 years, was Principal at Olinda Elementary School for 13 years and has been the Principal at Brea Junior High for the past 6 years.
Kelly Kennedy’s Views on Measure G.
Brea is my hometown, my heart, and my hope for the future! I am truly proud to say that I grew up here in Brea, attended Brea schools, raised my son here in Brea, and have proudly served as an educator in our schools for over 24 years. This town has truly captured my heart, and each and every day, I am honored to serve and give back to this incredible community!
As the current principal of Brea Junior High School, I have the privilege of working with teachers and students every day, and I see firsthand the passion and dedication in providing our students with every opportunity to explore, learn, and reach their full potential.
Sadly, as the principal of a school that is over 104 years old, I also witness the limitations and struggles our lacking and aging facilities have on truly providing those 21st century learning opportunities for our kids.
A simple explanation of a complex problem.
How can we inspire our students to become scientists, when we don’t have science labs to conduct experiments, or become marine biologists when they don’t have lab space to properly dissect fish and sharks in our marine biology classes?
How can we inspire our students to become future engineers, architects, or programmers when we don’t have classrooms equipped to build machines, systems, or structures to solve real world problems?
How can we inspire future musicians when we don’t have a stage big enough for them to showcase their talents?
As an administrator, I question how can we expect our students to see their education as a priority when they are learning in aging classrooms? I question how we can successfully teach our students 21st century skills when they are learning in classrooms built in the early 1900’s?
Yes, it is true that teachers are the foundation behind a great education, but it’s also true that because the state no longer funds maintenance, repairs or infrastructure… it leaves us on our own to figure out how to find the money to do these things.
Without help from the community, sadly, the current conditions of the learning spaces and facilities in our schools is hindering their abilities to truly set the tone for developing the creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in all of our students.
Our kids deserve every opportunity to learn in an environment that challenges them to want to design, build, innovate, and create a better future for our society and our world.
Our kids deserve safe, secure environments that allow them to discover their strengths and what they are truly passionate about in life.
Today is the day we must invest in the future of our kids and our schools!
Today is the day that we revive a strategically planned and sustainable infrastructure for the next 100 years.
Today is the day we invest in Brea!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to openly share my hopes for our kids, our schools, and their future, knowing that as a united community, we will stand together to Vote YES on Measure G.