Valerie Jeffers: Candidate for Elizabeth School Board

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/15/19

Name: Valerie Jeffers City or town of residence: While my mailing address is Parker, I have lived in the Elizabeth School District since 1994. Occupation: Underwriter for Farm and Ranch Insurance. …

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Valerie Jeffers: Candidate for Elizabeth School Board

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Name: Valerie Jeffers

City or town of residence: While my mailing address is Parker, I have lived in the Elizabeth School District since 1994.

Occupation: Underwriter for Farm and Ranch Insurance.

Contact information: Cell, 303-810-5904 (voice or text); www.vote4jeffers.com; www.facebook.com/Elizabethschoolboard/

Why are you seeking this office?

I have had two daughters go through the Elizabeth School District from kindergarten through graduation. During this time, I was a very active parent, participating in helping the teachers, any way possible.

Now that my kids are grown, it is time for me to again give back to the community.

What makes you the best person for the job?

Both myself and one of my daughters have a learning disability. After speaking with parents with similar issues, there needs to be continued resources to ensure these kids are getting the necessary help.

My educational and professional background in finance, strategy, and operations allows me to see the bigger picture.

What, if anything, should be done to enhance security at district schools?

First, making sure parents are involved. Strong family values and parental participation is key to stopping violence. Secondly, keep dialogue with students open providing opportunities for them to talk with their teachers, counselors, and school administration (without fear of retaliation), if they see or hear anything disturbing. Creating a safe and supportive school climate can include teaching school-wide behavioral expectations, encourage positive intervention and support, and allow students to take responsibility in creating and participating in safety planning. Last but not least, develop an Ambassador program where both students and parents can periodically visit classrooms, ensuring visitor monitoring programs are in place.

What, if anything, should be done to better address the mental health needs of the district students?

The Elizabeth School District currently has a strong health and wellness program in place for both school personnel and students.

Their focus is to ensure safety plans involving CPR, first aid, and caring for students with health conditions that are more of a chronic nature are in place. It is also important students have a safe place to communicate concerns. Whether at home or at school, if a student is experiencing a situation where they do not feel safe and needs someone to talk with, creating an outlet, developing support groups and educating the students on outreach programs is important.

What issue or issues must the school board make a bigger priority next year than it has in recent years?

Safeguard the districts’ local decision-making and control. Ensure rural school districts like ours are in the forefront of legislative issues to help minimize matters involving reduced funding.

Starting with the elementary schools, ensure all parents understand the meaning behind and the importance of teaching common core values as well as continue to develop quality educational programs.

Continue to educate students of career options by working with the local community to develop a network providing scholarship programs and on-the-job training.

Last but not least, make sure all students have a path to pursue their future whether through a college program or trade school.

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