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Working to ensure student success

My decision to run for the Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education is the result of years of personal commitment to public education. I value innovation, collaboration and student achievement. I believe I have the background to join our other invested CRCSD board members to promote further success in these areas.

I am the parent of two children enrolled in the district. As such I am personally invested in the success of our schools.

I have also worked as a substitute teacher in the district. During my time as a substitute teacher I learned about innovative teaching strategies the district is using. I will work with other board members to encourage the expansion of innovative curriculum.

I also learned what avenues work well for staff and what need change while substitute teaching. My recommendation by the Iowa State Education Association, the Cedar Rapids Education Association and the Cedar Rapids Organization of Teacher’s Assistants will help keep me informed of staffing successes and concerns.

By holding PTA Executive Board positions I learned what is important to families. I am familiar with various strategies to strengthen school/home relationships. I will work with other board members to facilitate better school/home communication moving forward.

As a trustee for the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation I developed rapport for possible community collaborations. My endorsement by the Hawkeye Area Labor Council also will aid in developing these possible collaborations.

I look forward to working with other board members to ensure success for all students. I will work with other board members to expand collaborative efforts to enhance student achievement as it supports district visioning.


Thanks in advance for supporting me in fostering a growth environment for 21st century students, parents staff and community members.

• Jennifer Borcherding of Cedar Rapids is seeking the District 3 seat on the Cedar Rapids school board



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