Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Adams.
Christian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
A few months after my daughter started kindergarten at our public school in Encinitas I asked my wife when they started teaching Spanish. To my surprise, she said they didn’t. I then started getting more involved with the school. I was elected to the Site Council which is a group of teachers, parents, and employees that evaluate improvement programs and school budgets. I also started to attend school board meetings and talk to other parents and teachers.
There was a common story I often heard with parents or teachers that had an issue arise. They felt the school board didn’t really listen to them. They were told their issue was a one-off situation. However, many knew their situation was not unique. There also seemed to be a communication problem on many initiatives and programs.
I also noticed that there were some fantastic programs going on in the district at certain schools. Two schools have a dual language program, a couple more received prestigious civics awards, and there was some very successful project learning to happen. However, if you didn’t go to that specific school, no Spanish or civics. If you didn’t get that specific teacher chances are you wouldn’t have a project learning. In short, the exceptional work wasn’t being translated to the masses.
As I observed over many months the board seemed to sign off on anything the district set out to do without asking questions or doing the due diligence many of us assumed was happening. Many have been in service on the board for a long time. And if one didn’t know any better the board meetings seem to only focus on how great everything is.
I’ve been in the solar industry for 12 years and managed businesses through turbulent times. Although our schools are good I think they can be exceptional. I would work to have a Spanish program at all schools. Have a bullying/emotional teaching component that is required on a regular basis. I’d initiate an accountability program around screen time so parents can see exactly how much and what kind of screen time their children are receiving.
This will also help teachers monitor how much they are using screens so it’s not overused. There are expenditures like the Farm Lab that cost a lot of money. We need to scrutinize and know exactly how much we are paying and what the product is currently and will yield in the future. This then needs to be communicated effectively. We need to promote and support more project learning in all schools at all levels.
My wife and I have a daughter in first grade and a son entering kindergarten this fall.
These issues are not just for my kids but my community. I’d like to see term limits on the board. This ensures different community members and parents are more involved and utilizes different talents and new ideas. Term limits would rebuff any chance of complacency. Unfortunately, the established members of the current board shot down any efforts to pass term limits this past spring.
This is why a change is needed and why I’m running for the EUSD school board.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My wife and I moved into a small apartment to save some money in hopes of buying a small house in our community. After several bids last fall we finally had one accepted for a modest townhouse in Village park in Encinitas. Our kids can walk to school and we feel very lucky to be able to live in this community.
The solar industry which I’ve been in for nearly 13 years is a very volatile industry. We’ve have had times where we were not sure if we would ever be able to purchase a home in the community we had grown to love. Watching many people struggle including us during tough times has not been easy. Staying positive and working hard have been our best assets.
On a communal level watching the country unfold with its issues, the last several years inspires me to be more involved with education. I think as a country we have not talked about some of the dark past especially around race. Germany has been teaching its kids from a young age about the Holocaust. This has seemed to heal some deep old wounds. I believe this is vital to healing some of America’s wounds that don’t seem to dissipate with time.
Adams for EUSD School Board 2018 – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I will bring a dedication and as I have two children that will be in the district for the next 7 years. I don’t leave any stone unturned. When I do something I study and know it inside and out. The fact that I have not been in the education industry brings a new and fresh perspective.
However, I have spent much time reading the best books around progressive and acclaimed teaching methods. Every educator I come across I asks what books articles they’ve read that has most influenced them. I am excited and open to new ideas and listening to parents, teachers, and the community.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is not always the end result but can be the process and experience gained in trying to obtain a goal. This being said one needs to evaluate their progress when on a path toward a goal. Many, including myself, fail to take the time to stop and take a look at where they are currently.
Then have the open mind to recalibrate one’s direction even change or disband the goal entirely. Sometimes when someones is too emotionally attached to an idea or item they don’t see things in a rational view when evaluating the progress and are incapable of recalibrating.
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