2017 Recommendation for School Board Candidate, Position 5

Dear Islanders,

We are endorsing incumbent Sheila Jakubik for Bainbridge Island School District, Position 5. Our district has benefited from her thoughtful, balanced, big-picture approach and her guidance is exactly the right style for a small district with big goals. Our school district needs and deserves steady management because all change takes time. Sheila listens and acts as a steady hand in guiding that change.  Parents in the district are especially grateful that Ms. Jakubik is recognized as an advocate of all 4,000 students in our district. This global approach, listening and considering all the different ages, needs, learning styles, and physical buildings, is the global overview that we appreciate and that we believe the majority of the Island wants in their leaders.  Sheila has been a tireless member of a board who:

  • Supports teacher development–our District currently provides more professional development than the State will fund:
    • we have differentiation specialists to help classroom teachers best serve every child, and
    • peer coaches to support those who wish to work on their national board certification.
  • Supports teacher innovation—in addition to grants for teacher classroom innovation, some of our highly successful district programs arose from individual teachers:
    • The seeds for our award-winning robotics team began years ago when one teacher received a grant to create Lego robotics in her 6th grade class. That spread to the whole 6th grade science curriculum, then to Woodward as a technology class. It was later adopted at the high school as a club and now is available for credit.
    • AP Environmental Science began with a single class taught by yet another teacher. Now it’s one of our most popular science classes at the high school level.
    • The computer-based ST Math supplement program–used in all our elementary school–started with a single Blakeley teacher looking for a new way to engage her students in math.
  • Advocates for STEM — there is now a STEM specialist at each elementary school, and added hands-on engineering components to the middle school science curriculum for all kids.

Sheila is a collaborator and consensus builder who is respected by teachers, administrators and community members who know her through her work as preschool director or member of her church. She is a former Special Ed teacher who appreciates kids with diverse abilities and learning styles.  She has two children who have gone through Bainbridge public schools, she’s been an active member and leader of multiple PTOs and is familiar with the workings of all the schools in our district.  Sheila has been an advocate for social-emotional learning, teaching to the whole child, and creating a greater sense of community within our District. We strongly endorse Sheila and hope that our community will continue to benefit from her thoughtful work on the Board and her dedication to our schools and to all of our children.

Sincerely,

Juliet LeDorze and Anita Rockefeller
For the Steering Committee of Quality Bainbridge