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Lincoln School Advisory Council Announcement

We are pleased to have had 3 outstanding parents apply for the 3 open parent/guardian representative positions on Lincoln’s School Advisory Council (LSAC): Alison Hansel (for a second term), Linda Sprague Martinez and Javier Amador Pena. They will be joining parent rep Jody Calabro (2nd year of 1st term), a community member,teacher representatives and Brian Denitzio in drafting next year’s Lincoln School Improvement plan. They will begin in the 2017-18 school year and each of the new council members has a two year term before seeking re-election. Please read their statements of interest below. We’d also like to sincerely thank David Knight for his many years of dedicated service on LSAC, as well as Kate Moschandreas and Cecilia Casagrande for their assistance throughout this past year.

Newest LSAC members:

Alison Hansel is a long-time proud Lincoln parent. She has a daughter who is currently in the 4th grade, as well as twin boys who attended Lincoln from kindergarten through 8th grade and are now in the 10th grade at Brookline High. Alison has served as a parent representative on the LSAC for the last two years, where she was able to work with both Andrew Bott and Brian Denitzio to reflect on our school’s priorities and formulate our current school improvement plan. Alison is also a teacher in Brookline. She is a Math Specialist at Pierce School and is able to bring her experience in math education to her work on the council. She is excited to serve for another two years as a parent representative.

Linda Sprague Martinez: I am the parent of two Lincoln students Alex (grade 4) and Sam (grade 1). Our family is part of the METCO program. METCO is a school integration program designed to increase diversity and reduce racial segregation by bringing students from Boston (among other cities) to surrounding communities. As such, we live in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, which is about 15 minutes from Lincoln by car. Since joining the Lincoln community, I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of volunteer capacities, from face painting at Pumpkinfest to PTO co-chair. I have coordinated the Welcome Back Teacher Luncheons for the past 4 years, and Lincoln Day at Fenway for the past 3 years. When I am not volunteering at Lincoln, I am a professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, where I teach courses in community intervention and analysis; and conduct community based participatory research and youth led participatory action research. I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a member of LSAC and to contribute to efforts designed to strengthen the many assets our school has.

Javier Amador-Pena. My son has been at Lincoln since kindergarten and is about to finish 3rd grade. As my son advances in grades, I get more informed, interested and involved with the school and its community. At this point, I want to go beyond that by submitting my candidacy for the LSAC position available. I’d like to bring another set of hands, experience (I’m a designer with a vast experience in marketing and advertising) and perspective (diversity, cultural, organizer) to work in cooperation with the rest of the LSAC to make Lincoln be an even better place for the benefit of our children, our community and this great nation. Thanks.