BY Grace Harmon July 31, 2022
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Beverly Hills resident Farrah Dodes, who is the President of the Beverly Hills Education and learning Foundation, has declared her candidacy for the Beverly Hills Unified College District (BHUSD) Board of Training in the future November 2022 election. She will be vying for one particular of two open up seats. Lifted in a tiny city in Missouri, Dodes met her future husband Zach when the two were undergraduates at Yale University. The couple has lived in Beverly Hills for the final 12 several years with their children Celia and Mack, who the two attend university in the BHUSD. She first grew to become associated in the BHUSD when Celia was in kindergarten, having been enthusiastic by the associations that other dad and mom in the Mother or father Instructor Affiliation (PTA) experienced with instructors and staff members.
“For me, it was just extremely fascinating to see how schooling has progressed due to the fact I was a child … particularly like teaching methodologies and diverse means of understanding,” Dodes explained to the Courier. “I just discovered it definitely, genuinely fascinating and intriguing and, frankly, inspiring.”
Dodes is the founder and Main Monetary Officer of Breakthrough Written content, a internet design business. Whilst this is her initially time functioning for a seat on the board, Dodes is not an unfamiliar facial area to the BHUSD. In addition to her situation at the Beverly Hills Schooling Foundation (BHEF), the nonprofit fundraising firm for BHUSD, she has served on a number of faculty district advisory committees. She is at the moment the Horace Mann PTA Executive Board Communications Co-Chair and is on the Beverly Vista Center College Web page Council, as properly as currently being an alternate member on the Horace Mann College Web site Council.
“I’ve been all over a very long time,” Dodes instructed the Courier. “I know so a lot of folks inside the district and they know me, and I feel which is what’s most critical … fellow mom and dad, families, teachers, staff members and district administration, they all know me, and they know how I work, and they know that I’m in it for the long haul. I imagine specifically what people really know about me is [that] I’m not afraid to communicate out. If I have a sturdy view on some thing I will say it, but I often communicate respectfully.”
Dodes’ platform incorporates an emphasis on faculty safety. She mentioned that the district is carrying out a stable job maintaining students protected, but that she would like to have safety reinforcement officers specified for each faculty. She feels that owning them designated to a faculty will aid foster their associations with pupils. Dodes also desires to extend mental wellness accessibility for lecturers and team, this kind of as likely acquiring a focused mental health and fitness counselor for them. She pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic and BHUSD’s reconfiguration of faculties as resources of tension for educators.
Dodes emphasized an desire in continuing guidelines and methods that guarantee transparency and accountability amongst district directors. She feels that the board has been prioritizing this with the BHUSD’s institution of a new bond supervisor and job inspector amid difficulties with its ongoing development program, but that these efforts will need to continue on.
“[The board] is trying to be a great deal far more transparent about matters and make guaranteed that these new corporations that we’re doing the job with are on the up and up with policy and procedure,” Dodes explained. “I just want to make guaranteed that we never forget that. I really do not want it to be just a response to this most modern challenge that was located.”
Dodes also explained to the Courier that the high college is on a very good route in terms of Career and Complex Education course choices such as robotics, trend layout and culinary arts lessons, but that she’d like to see all those options supplied to youthful learners.
“I would like to see that increase into middle faculty,” Dodes explained. “I think it by now is beginning to increase, but I would like to see that fill out much more so that there is a far more obvious pathway for children who genuinely know what they want to do and they are really intrigued and passionate about it. Let us give them these pathways extra robustly so that they can go after [their interests] far more conveniently.”
Dodes will maintain her campaign kickoff function on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., with further specifics forthcoming.