The Alternative Press interviewed Lucy Biegler regarding the upcoming Westfield Board of Education election:
Why do you want to be on the board of education?
I have children in the Westfield Schools and, as a graduate from WHS, I’ve always wanted to give back to the community that brought me where I am today.
What do you think are the most important issues and how will you handle them?
I believe every issue is an important issue. However, in my opinion, the biggest issue facing the Westfield school system is the assurance that it will remain one of the elite education programs in the state, and to provide a tremendous education to its students at an affordable rate to its citizens.
What else should we know about you?
I have been an educator for 20 years in the Secaucus school district, which has exposed me to a plethora of educational issues that face most school districts today. After being a classroom teacher in a wide variety of settings, I currently have the privilege of being a Literacy Coach. My current position allows me to wear a multitude of hats, all of which give me an opportunity to share a wealth of information to the Westfield Board.
To name just a few, I was chosen last year to be on the advisory council for EE4NJ. Secaucus is one of 10 schools chosen to pilot the new teacher evaluation system. I am directly helping create the process and having input and direct feedback to the state, and in communicating to both sides, administrators to teachers and teachers to administrators. Where all districts will be required to be by next year, I already obtain the knowledge and know how to deliver the assessment vehicle that the state will be using for teacher evaluations.
I also have a wealth of knowledge to share regarding special education. I am a committee member on the IR&S (Intervention, Referral and Services) Committee. In addition, I am on the HIB committee, and it is also my responsibility to gather and analyze data from the NJ ASK scores to target instruction where needed for each and every child. I am the Reading Specialist and work with children who are mostly dyslexic and “At Risk” readers in grades K-2. As well as being trained in Orton Gillingham, I have created and implemented my own multisensory tactic program to help dyslexic children. This approach, combined with pod casting for benchmark purposes, was nominated and accepted by the NJ Association of School Administrators TECH-SPO in January of 2011, in Atlantic City, where I was asked to present to a group of administrators.