Michelle Embree Ku
Facebook page: Michelle Embree Ku – Democratic Candidate for Newtown Board of Education
My objective is to bring an open mind and a balanced perspective to the Board of Education’s deliberations and actions. Tough decisions will have to be made in the coming months and years — selecting a new superintendent, dealing with declining enrollment, ensuring the physical safety and mental health of our students, and implementing Common Core Standards are some of them. We also face difficult financial realities in both our town and state that will require doing the most possible with the resources available. Having a balance of perspectives and ideas represented on the Board of Education will be important in making sure we address these decisions in a thoughtful and effective manner. By making data-driven decisions, advocating for a transparent and inclusive process, and encouraging a more cooperative spirit, I’m confident that I can make a positive contribution to the Board as we take on these challenges and fulfill our obligation to ensure Newtown’s K – 12 education is the best it can possibly be.
· I would like to see our district develop a comprehensive Strategic Plan with input from parents, teachers, administration and the community that will guide us in both our short and long-term decision making.
· I would like to see continued support for programs that support the potential of each student. Every student has strengths and weaknesses, and it is important to give each one the opportunity to succeed.
· We must be fiscally responsible with the ultimate goal of making Newtown Public Schools the very best they can be by exploring every possibility for enriching the educational experience of our children.
I have seen firsthand how a great public education can expand opportunities for individuals in science, business, engineering, vocational careers or the arts. Good schools are vital to property values and the success of the entire community. That’s why I want to work for you on the Board of Education to ensure that our children receive the very best education.
Professional and Academic Experience:
B.S. in Animal Sciences, Cornell University, 1989
Ph.D. in Pathobiology, Brown University 2001
Adjunct Lecturer, Brown University
Research Scientist, Rhode Island Hospital
Quality Assurance Associate, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Reproductive Toxicologist, Lederle Labs
Charter Revision Commission: commissioner
PTA: newsletter editor, library volunteer organizer
Newtown Volunteer Task Force: supervisor
March for Change: Newtown coordinator
Newtown resident since 2009
Married to Warren, with our three children currently enrolled in the Newtown Public School system and my parents living in Sandy Hook