Come and visit in time for Mother’s Day
Pop-Up Shop at the Ajna Center for Wellness and Community. Wed May 7th-11th. Ceramics, body lotions, beeswax and soy candles, salves, herbal remedies, natural household products (laundry soap and deodorants), cut silhouettes, yoga clothing and gear!
Join us 11am-7pm Wed-Sat and Sun 11am-3pm
18 Old Post Rd S, Croton on Hudson
WatchCroton is abdicating responsibility for the apparent listing of last year’s budget meeting attendees.
Christine will be performing in the title role of Mary Poppins at Stepinac High School! Want tickets?
CCS. C-DOS. DASA. APPR.IEP. SLO. LOCAL 20. CSE. Education as we know it is no longer reading, writing and ‘rithmetic as we all grew up so simply with the 3 R’s. Today, education is an alphabet soup and I am proud to announce that I want to help everyone understand not only what the acronyms stand for, but how we can work together to best meet the needs of every child in our school community.
I am Carleen Julian and I am excited to be running for the Croton-Harmon Board of Education this May. I have lived in Croton for 17 years with my husband, Gerard, and our two children, Alex, grade 8 and Abbie, grade 6. I have spent 18 years at Irvington High School working in the special education department, first as a special education teacher. I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in School District Leadership Administration. I served in an administrative role as the K-12 Special Education Chairperson after obtaining my School District Administrator certification; however, when my children were young, I decided to return to the classroom as I very much missed my day to day contacts with students, as well as knew my own family’s growth was very important to me being present. I was recognized as one of three ‘Distinguished Educators of the Year’ in 2010 by my alma mater, SUNY Geneseo. Last spring, I was honored to be chosen as the keynote speaker at the SUNY Geneseo School of Education graduation convocation. I have written several grants and have been awarded funds to provide an after school academic program to struggling students and a set of laptops for my students so they can participate in whole class instructional lessons while being exposed to and utilizing today’s technology. I am a firm believer that all children can learn; my mentor of 18 years, my former principal in Irvington, taught me my most important daily lesson that I serve my students with today: “Never give up on a kid.” As a school board member candidate, I offer you that same message: together, we can never give up on any of our children in our schools.
As a teacher, each day I have lived the ever changing face of education, throughout the last few years especially. Each day is a new challenge; these challenges must be accepted by our teachers, supported by our district leaders and embraced by our community so we can all unite for our children. I agree with so much that our educational system in New York State and nationally has to offer: the Common Core Standards, the Dignity for all Students Act anti-bullying law, the new Career Development and Occupational Services diploma for those students with disabilities to earn a diploma while developing career skills. I believe in our new initiatives, but know it is up to our leadership to ensure every child is a well-rounded young adult when he or she leaves the Croton-Harmon school district. Academically, I know I have the background knowledge and experience as a teacher to help guide the implementation of the new standards to make certain all students’ needs are met: those who excel should be given an opportunity to do so each day in every academic setting in which they participate. Those who have learning needs should have every support available to ensure authentic learning and understanding; all students should have the ability to not learn in a rote robotic way for feedback on a state standardized test, but should be able to creatively be engaged in authentic, collaborative experiences that are exciting and meaningful. We have many changes we are facing daily in education; our teachers are faced with challenges beyond their control, but their passion and dedication to our children make me a firm believer in our district. The DASA laws that protect our children from malicious acts of bullying will allow us to continue to teach our children about tolerance. I believe I will be an asset to our community because with me I bring a teacher’s lens, a mother’s passion and a community member’s desire to provide only the very best we can to our children while being fiscally responsible, educationally transparent and united under the same belief: we must work together for the whole child, for every child. My firsthand experiences in education would allow me to begin the journey of supporting our board of education through advocacy, knowledge of the ever changing demands placed on our district by the state and a genuine desire to be a part of the important role of serving our community with integrity. I ask that you please support me with your vote on May 20th to fill one of the vacancies on the Croton-Harmon Board of Education. In return, I pledge to work together with you to provide the best to our children in the classroom, in their extracurricular endeavors and in our community. Please visit my Facebook page at Carleen Julian for Croton Harmon Board of Education or ask me questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Respectfully submitted with gratitude,
Hilltop Nursery GRAND OPENING this Saturday 4.19! FREE Food, Live Music, Easter Egg Hunt & Discounts!
Lorraine Hansberry, a current resident of Croton’s Bethel Cemetery, is celebrated at the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust. Check it out!