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Marla Roscoe, 40, is running for election to the Wallingford Board of Education as a Republican.
Occupation: Doctor Of Physical Therapy/ Health And Wellness Consultant
Family:Happily married for 6 years to Dave and proud Mom of Finley, 5 and Dexter, 3
Family in government: No
The single biggest issue in town is ______, and I plan to do this about it:
Within the context of running for a seat on the Board of Education, I believe the most pressing issue to be the overall wellbeing of our students and teachers. With the stress and fatigue that COVID 19 had brought coupled with the political divide of our nation that has trickled down into the schools, I believe, despite best efforts the focus of education shifted to hot topic issues and away from focusing on education. That is an education that graduates can actually utilize in the real world, or to further their educational endeavors thereafter. I believe our teachers are some of the most undervalued people in our town and have mostly handled the uncertainty, continual change and new demands with such admirable strength and tenacity. Even prior to the onset of the pandemic, the demands of our teachers to get students to excel continued to build. It is my strong belief that we need to focus on the overall wellness of our children and teachers- for when we are healthy, happy and nurtured that is when we can perform, and learn our best.
Critical differences between me and my opponents:
I am one of 12 members seeking to be elected to the Board of Education. We all have our own particular reasons, and qualifications for a seat. As for me, I am a Mom to two young boys who are just entering into the Wallingford public school system. Ideally, my plan is to grow and serve the town of Wallingford as they grow and progress through their education. As a first time candidate and new to politics, and I am able to provide a fresh lens by which to take on this position and review the materials. I also come from a health science/ healthcare background which in our current state has proven to be incredibly useful. I am an active listener and critical thinker. Those are traits that I believe will greatly serve me in this position.
The experiences that I have had up to this point have greatly prepared me to sit on the Board of Ed. As a physical therapist I am trained to look at a total picture and continually evaluate and re-evaluate what is working and what could use improvement. I know this skill will be vital in my ability to evaluate various items throughout my term. My commitment to service since the age of 5, has taught me what it means to dedicate time, effort and resources for the betterment of my community and those that live in it. I am fully aware of the commitment and dedication being an effective member of the Board of Education requires. As Miss Connecticut 2003, I served as a figurehead for a non-profit 501c3 and as an advocate for several other non-profit organizations. During that year and since, I have served as a key-note speaker, activist, and volunteer and through it all learned the value of using my voice. I am looking forward to using my voice for the continued betterment of our town and students.
I believe strongly in providing all of our students a well-rounded education. This includes providing them with the tools and structure to care for their mental, emotional and physical wellness. It is imperative that we are developing and graduating young adults who are ready to take on the world (in a good way) and that ultimately we are fostering happy, healthy, and productive members of society.
What else would you like voters to know about you?
I am ready to go all in for the students of Wallingford. Although I might be new to this position and I am confident in my abilities to be an effective leader and to build upon our existing educational programs. I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for students while working within the confines of reasonable fiscal responsibility.
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