Lois Jarman is the perfect candidate for the Board of Education, and let me tell you why. I am a former student of Jarman’s Catoctin High School French class of three years and I was also a student aid for Jarman. She is one of the few teachers who genuinely cares about all of her students, and our class respected her not only as a teacher, but also as a person.

She made learning the French language and culture fun and exciting with culture days, French food, and interactive class activities; needless to say I never dreaded attending her class! She would share inspiring stories of her world travels and taught us very valuable life lessons. She has inspired me to continue my journey to higher education after sharing experiences of her multiple degrees.

One of the many things that I will always remember and admire about Jarman is her empathy for other people globally. After the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in France, she solemnly explained to us what was going on in the world at that time and wanted to show our support for France during the rough time they were going through. As a class, we decided to make a sign to hang up at our school that said, “Nous sommes Charlie” which means, “We are all Charlie.”

We took it a step further by raising money to plant an oak tree and have a plaque be set up at The Frederick News-Post Office in remembrance of those who died expressing freedom of speech. Her ability to think globally and act locally are admirable assets that will serve the Board of Education well. She has my vote!

Raven Garver

Rocky Ridge

(6) comments

DickD

How do each of the candidates stand on:
School budget
Student discipline
charter schools
vouchers for private schools

We need to know how the budget will be handled and schools built where needed. Crowding and over capacity is a major problem of some of the County schools.

Student discipline is necessary for all to have the right and ability to learn. Will any of them bring back student suspension and require parents to come to school, for speaking to the principal, before they are allowed to return to classes.

Charter schools are a drain on the public schools, we do not need or want a competing public school system. If we have problems in the public schools, what are they and what will any of you do to fix them.

Vouchers for private schools is a violation of our tax rights. Giving students or families vouchers to spend on a private school is not what we pay taxes for. We pay taxes for public schools.

DickD

She sounds like a very nice person, now can you tell us why she would be good on the Board of Education?

DeDeuceCoupe32

Ouch, another FCPS black eye from a former student with nothing to lose or gain from her honesty.

jsklinelga

Raven,
"She is one of the few teachers that genuinely is concerned for all her students"

I have been a vocal opponent of the FCPS. I believe we need major changes within the system but I do not think your comment is just. i am sure there are "slack" teachers but I also believe many, many care. i would hope your comment is just an unintended misspeak caused by your deep admiration for one teacher.

vicdavy

jsk, this is not about you.

DickD

jsk, don't you work in Montgomery County?

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