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Letter: I Will Run For The School Board

 As some of you know, I’ve picked up a petition to run in the upcoming Mineola School District Board of Education election. 

While many of you have asked about my interest over the years, it was a small group of mothers from the Jackson Avenue School neighborhood who convinced me, since we spend so much time together talking about ELA and how to balance technology, literacy, and critical thinking. 

I’m lucky enough to teach in an environment (Hofstra University) in which we think and plan and talk about writing across the curriculum, and interdisciplinary studies, all day long. More importantly, these approaches turn out well-versed, well-rounded individuals. Thanks to the hard work of this community and previous boards, Mineola Schools are now in a position to build a PK-12 program so strong that colleges, and new families, will find us irresistible. 

I’ve served our community as Girl Scout Leader; PAL Coach; School Board Rep and float builder for Meadow Drive; Middle School PTA President (where we earned National Certification, established an aquarium, won the Presidents’ Cup, was honored with the PTA Lifetime Membership Award); District Council PTA President (where we created a District Rec program, served on the Committee for Community Consolidation); Music Parents President; Communications Committee; Search Committees for Instructional Leaders and the Deputy Superintendent; co-authored the application for Middle States Accreditation for Corpus Christi School; served on the CCS School Board, and in Family Liturgy; as co-founder of P.E.A.C.E. — People for Excellence, Affordability and Commitment to Education – greatly improved voter turnout and registration, distributing budget information door-to-door in three languages; and recently coordinated a collaboration between Meadow Drive School and Hofstra University to supply and deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy.  

I appreciate the tax burden to our senior citizens, and will have to answer to my own extended family (eight Williston Park households in a five-block radius) about that at every holiday dinner.

My work as professor demands preparation and unbiased critical thinking; you can expect nothing less should I be fortunate enough to serve you on the Mineola Board of Education. 

Patricia Cregan Navarra

Williston Park