DISCLAIMER - I am currently a Member of the Randolph Township Board of Education.  The following letter was prepared by me in my personal capacity as a candidate and not in my capacity as a Board Member.  The thoughts and opinions in my letter are my own and do not reflect the view of the Board or of its individual Members.

Friends and Neighbors -

I have lived in Randolph for over 25 years with my husband and three children.  All three of my children were raised in Randolph and attended Randolph Schools from K through 12.  I believe that one of Randolph’s great strengths has always been the willingness of so many members of our community to volunteer.  Over the years, I have been actively involved as a volunteer with a wide variety of Town Recreation Programs, Fundraising Events, PTO Organizations, and Athletic Booster Clubs.

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I have served as a Member of the Board of Education since 2009.  During my tenure, I have been elected and have served as the Board’s President and as its Vice President.  I have served on and as the Chair of almost all of the Board’s Committees.  I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from many outstanding individuals.  As a Board Member, I have always tried to be hardworking, prepared, and accessible.  Last, but not least, I am a team player and work well as part of a nine member board.  

I have an established track record as a volunteer in our community and as a Member of our BOE.  You know who and what you will be getting in having me serve on the BOE.  I will work hard for our community and for our children and will always be accessible and open to you and your concerns. 

My late mother was a teacher and she instilled in me at a young age the importance of education and of learning how to learn.  I can still hear her quoting Benjamin Franklin to me: “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

Education and learning how to learn have never been more important than they are today. Technology is driving rapid change in how we live and how we work.  Critical thinking and other learning skills are essential to understanding the changes that are occurring and the impact they will have on each of us and on the world in which we live.

I believe that the Randolph School District is doing an excellent job of preparing our children to think critically and to learn how to learn effectively in a rapidly changing world.  I am proud of our School District and where it is heading.  For example, just recently, US News & World Report ranked Randolph High School in the top 10% of High Schools nationally - an impressive achievement earned by our students, teachers, and administrators.

I would like to serve another term on the BOE to continue the work that I have been doing to help guide and support our Randolph School District in the excellent work that it is doing in educating our children.  I know that the valuable knowledge and experience that I have gained through my years of service have made me a much more effective BOE Member.  I want to continue to put that knowledge and experience to work for our School District and for the children of our community and hope that I am given the opportunity to serve another term.

I would appreciate your vote on November 5th.  I would also ask that you consider voting for Sue DeVito and Jeanne Stifelman, my running mates, who in my personal opinion are also qualified candidates who are committed to serving our School District and community.  You can learn more about all of us at www.BOEVote.com

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully,

Tammy MacKay