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Wiseburn Unified School Board
Candidates Question & Answers
By Duane Plank
What is something about you that
people would be surprised to know
Neil Goldman: I’m back in high school,
and I’ve just finished the final performance of
“Lights on Broadway,” a musical theater revue
where I played leading roles from Grease,
The Music Man, and more. Backstage, after
the show, a reputable talent agent approached
me with an extended hand, a smile, and five
simple words: “I can make you a star!” Pretty
temping for an 18-year-old … but her take on
my talent was assuredly exaggerated.
Instead, I obtained a communications degree,
an MBA, and a doctorate in education, and
built businesses where we’ve helped companies,
non-profits, and schools make better decisions,
better understand stakeholders’ needs,
and find increasing success. I recently turned
my learnings on business and education into
an Amazon best seller: The Escalator Effect:
Four Essential Steps to Lead and Inspire Your
Organization to Rising Success.
AND … if I think I’m alone, you’re still
likely to hear me singing.
Jessica Daugherty: I have lived and worked
in 4 countries and have travelled extensively in
over 23 countries. These international experiences
taught me to see the world in different
ways, be open to new experiences, and to trust
in the power of my fellow humans. In Ghana,
in West Africa, I worked at a Liberian refugee
camp where I fought for the rights of refugees
in a country that opened its borders to them
but then left them in a disease-filled camp
with no ability to earn a living. In that harsh
environment, I learned about the strength of
the human spirit and the immense opportunity
of an education. Some of the women refugees
wanted to learn to read so I began teaching
literacy. By the second class there were 80
women ranging in age from 3 months to 80
years old-all eager to learn. These women and
children knew that if they learned to read, they
could find work. In that moment I also learned
that I cannot do everything alone nor is doing
everything alone as effective as doing things
in community and teaching others along the
way. By the time I left Ghana, I had trained
fifteen Ghanaian university students to work
at the camp which ensured the work would
continue and expand.
Joanne Kaneda: I have a passion for discovering
languages and cultures. Being raised in
a bilingual, ethnic household speaking English
and Croatian gave me insights into diverse
traditions and behaviors that enrich my life.
I also explored Spanish, French, Japanese and
Russian, and taught Russian in High School.
This familiarity with multiple languages and
cultures guides me to fully appreciate the
importance of diversity and inclusion.
Diversity has multiple forms: gender, race,
economic status, ethnicity, and those with disabilities.
Each form of diversity has its own
“language” and culture. As your WUSD Board
Member, my perception into the languages and
cultures of diverse groups leads directly to
opportunities for inclusion in our classrooms.
WUSD enthusiastically offers opportunities
for inclusion. As your Board Member, I will
vigorously enrich WUSD training and learning
to result in a lively culture of teamwork
and inclusion for teachers, staff, and students.
Learn more at: https://kaneda4wiseburn.com/
What one agenda item would you
bring to the Board, and if elected, why?
Jessica Daugherty: One agenda item that
I would bring to the Board if elected is a
proposal to create a working group to enhance
collaboration and communication between the
Wiseburn Unified K-8 schools and Da Vinci
Schools high schools. Enhanced communication
is essential to having a truly “unified” WUSD
and will facilitate the following: 1) Create a
cohesive bridge for students and families from
middle school into high school; 2) Articulate
project based learning practices down into
middle and elementary school; 3) Provide an
increased opportunity for joint professional
development and integrated cost savings; and
4) Strengthen the WUSD District Community.
Our current District is somewhat fragmented
leaving both the K-8 schools and Da Vinci
Schools separate from each other and thus
unable to benefit from the others’ knowledge,
resources, and phenomenal staff and students.
Joanne Kaneda: If re-elected, I will guide
WUSD to act on learning breakthroughs realized
during the COVID pandemic distance
learning experience. 1. During COVID, teachers
facilitate distance learning by defining
“cohorts,” or small groups of students to enable
clear instruction and inclusive response.
This instruction method forms the foundation
of project-based learning. 2. My proposal to
the Board is to extend project-based learning
when we return to our classrooms. This
approach enables all students to contribute
to their project group at their level, ensuring
equitable involvement. Project-based learning
incorporates critical thinking and problem
See Wiseburn Q & A, page 4