Michael E. McAllister: Candidate for Re-election to the Bedford School Committee

Submitted by Michael McAllister

Michael E. McAllister, candidate for re-election to the Bedford School Committee - Courtesy image (c) 2015 all rights reserved
Michael E. McAllister, candidate for re-election to the Bedford School Committee – Courtesy image (c) 2015 all rights reserved

I enthusiastically announce my intention to run for re-election to the School Committee of the Bedford Public Schools and I respectfully ask for your vote.

As a graduate of the Bedford Public Schools, I bring the perspective of a student.  The purpose of any system must be to prepare its students to be college or career ready upon completion and this system certainly fulfilled their mission to me. I was able to move on to Northeastern University, where I earned my B.A. and then on to Harvard University, where I earned my M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum.  I continue to feel a responsibility to repay the system that gave me the start that all of our students deserve.

As an educator with 10 years of classroom experience, I bring the perspective of a teacher.  I was a middle school teacher for 7 years and a high school teacher for 3 more.  In addition, I served as a K-12 Curriculum Director for 3 years, which helped me understand the curriculum, instruction, and assessment of an entire system.

As a public school Principal, I bring the perspective of a school leader.  I am in my seventh year as Principal of the Daniel Butler Elementary School in Belmont so I can identify with the challenge that Bedford’s school leaders face in ensuring high achievement.”  Under my leadership, this year the Butler School was recognized as a “Commendation School” by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for high achievement.

As the father of a son at Lane School and a daughter at John Glenn Middle School, I bring the perspective of a parent wanting, as we all do, a top tier educational experience for our children.

2016 is an important time for the Bedford Public Schools:

  • Enrollment is growing and building additions are being considered.
  • PARCC and MCAS assessments are asking more of teachers than ever before.
  • School leadership requires the support and oversight of a knowledgeable School Committee.

Despite all of these changes, one thing remains the same: the desire to sustain a level of high achievement and opportunity for all students.  During this time the School Committee has the responsibility for providing the support our school leaders require, with the oversight that the residents of Bedford deserve.  I believe I bring the experience and expertise to do both.  As the current Chair of the Bedford School Committee, I would like to continue the excellent work we are currently engaged in.  Please help give me that opportunity by voting on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

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