Dear Westfield Residents,

I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe during these trying times. My name is Eldy Pavon. As the mother of two children, one with special needs, it was important to my family that we found a community that not only had a history of educational excellence but also a welcoming and inclusive community. We found both of these when we made our move to Westfield in 2013.

I am proud to be part of a community that makes it their focus to stay safe in order to be able to provide our students some small sense of normalcy during this unprecedented school year. A silver lining from me, post the at home educational experiences with my children, is that I am more excited than ever to pursue a longstanding desire to be on the Board of Education.

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As a first generation Cuban American and the product of public school education, it is important to my husband Andrew and me that we raise our children in a community that cares about its youths' education and fosters a safe, inclusive and encouraging learning environment.

Over the last seven years I have immersed myself in this community. I have the great fortune of having an office right here in town that affords me the ability to be involved in my children’s school. I have been a co-chair on several committees at Jefferson Elementary school, where my youngest attends, as well as a board member of an educational non-profit organization. I have seen first hand what it takes to make change, push for further excellence and how to build consensus.

It is for this reason that I am running for the Board of Education. My hope is to be a voice for our community within the Board of Education, foster open communication and transparency, open discussions about accessibility to services, diversity and support more relevant programs for our youth as their skill sets need to adapt to a changing landscape in technology, healthcare and the workforce.

My career in real estate law has provided me with the ability to be a good listener, be an effective problem solver, work collaboratively with others and look at difficult situations from many angles. I look forward to using these skills in a position on the Board of Education if given the opportunity, by voting for me on or before Nov. 3.