Photo by Erica Stephens
The Wilson Family
Don and his wife of 37 years, Ruth, have happily resided in Palmdale since 1987. Their three children attended school in the Palmdale School District being educated at Yucca Elementary, Summerwind Elementary and Juniper Middle School. Each went on to graduate from Highland High School.
During these school years the whole family was active in a variety of youth sports including soccer, wrestling and high school pageantry. Don was a soccer coach, as well as a referee and booster club member for the Highland High School wrestling team.
Now with five grandchildren Don and Ruth keep busy rooting for their grandchildren at soccer games, Little League games, dance recitals and motocross races.
As a 26 year account representative at Foster Farms Don works with buyers from large retail chains to small independent markets. In his job he has established long term working relationships with store owners, meat and deli managers as well as corporate buyers.
Over the years Don has trained and mentored sales representatives in San Diego, Los Angeles and Northern California. Twice he was awarded Foster Farm's Poultry Pinnacle Award for outstanding sales and service. He credits his success to his organizational skills, ability to closely communicate and his capacity to work with a multitude of departments to resolve critical issues.
Creating Better Futures for Our Students
As the husband of a school teacher, Don understands the rigors and demands of teaching. For every hour spent in front of students an excellent teacher devotes many hours weekly to lesson planning, grading papers, serving on school committees, attending weekly staff meetings, actively participating in weekly Professional Learning Community meetings and annual professional development programs. Teachers also spend a generous sum of personal funds buying classroom supplies in an effort to enhance learning activities and promote good classroom citizenship. School boards and administrators must strive to recognize, promote and seek ways to reward these qualities in the best of our teachers.
In June the California State Legislature approved Governor Brown's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). LCFF frees restricted budget funds, allowing districts re-budget funds where they are needed most. This new tool must be used wisely.
Technology, training and support staff are key classroom elements. Interactive whiteboard technology is an example of technology that is being used to improve classroom instruction. Teachers enter classroom lessons on their computer and use interactive whiteboard technology to projected the lessons on the whiteboard in front of the students. With clicker in hand the teacher is free to move about the classroom instructing students and at the same time advancing the lesson page by page anywhere in the classroom. Videos from Teacher Tube or other educational websites can be added to lessons and seamlessly played as part of the lesson.
The district has purchased whiteboard equipment and software from eInstruction (MOBI) and Smart Technologies (Smart Board). Some Palmdale schools have MOBI systems and some have Smart Board systems in their classrooms. The district needs to come up with a method and plan that uniformly implements classroom technology so companies will compete with each other. Wise use of funds stretches the value of every dollar in the budget and will allow additional purchases. Don will be relentless in his pursuit of using newly allocated funds for projects that promote education in the classroom, he needs your vote to create a better future for our children.