Barbara Hartsell Political party? Democrat Job: Retired K-8 teacher Children: Greg, 39, and Doug, 37
Education: Amador High School in Pleasanton, 1958; University of California Santa Barbara, 962 BA and K-8 teaching credential
Military service: No
Past public office: Trustee, Patterson Unified School District 2004-2007
Past campaigns for office: See above
Organizations: Soroptimist International of Patterson, CA Retired Teachers Association, Modesto Jazz Society,Red Hat Society, 50 + Club
Campaign budget: 0$ Have you ever been convicted or charged with a crime other than a minor traffic violation? No
Have you or a business you owned or had principal interest in ever filed bankruptcy? No
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I want to continue to be involved in the education of children. I feel that my past experiences in the field of education can be an asset when decisions are made that will affect the students of Patterson.
What will your single most important priority be if you get elected? Closing the achievement gap and raising test scores are of utmost importance. We need to continue to provide remedial interventions. Requiring that enrichment be offered to proficient students above and beyond lessons in all subject areas can help to achieve this goal. The district should provide the materials to enhance lessons to challenge these students.
What sets you apart from the other candidates? I have an extensive background in education. I taught for a total of 33 years and retired from Evergreen School District in San Jose in 1999. I was involved in many aspects of education above and beyond the classroom. I was a mentor teacher in Math, Science and Music. I led grade level in-services and staff development. I worked on developing district standards for Social Studies and Science. S.J.S.U. placed many student teachers in my classroom to work towards earning a teaching credential. I have experienced the challenges that classroom teachers face on a daily basis. I feel that my past experiences will be an asset as the school board makes decisions affecting the students of Patterson Unified School District.