Name: Wendy Rogers Fleming

Age: 42 years old.

Years in Westfield? I have lived in Westfield for 6 years.

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What are your qualifications for office? My qualifications to join the school board include being a mother in a family with three children, who require every extreme of educational needs. I have had experiences with IEP meetings, special needs programs (where the parent works with the school and student on a regular basis) and the Gifted and Talented program.

In the past, being in a military family, I have had experience with numerous school systems in several states as well as overseas, which gives me a unique perspective on how other school systems succeed as well as fail their communities.

What would your top priorities be if elected to the school board? My top priorities would first and foremost include helping other families with the IEP process. My personal experience has been nothing short of amazing. When I see other families not have the same experience we have had, it is very disheartening. I would like to see our experience be everyone’s experience.

How would you work to promote diversity in Westfield public schools’ education? To promote diversity I would research Westfield’s process in the hiring of teachers, and promoting positions to a more diverse selection of recent graduates who would like to join the Westfield school system.

What are some of the challenges COVID-19 has brought to the district and how you would handle them? COVID-19 has brought many challenges in the school system, as every parent has different needs. Sadly, there is no way to satisfy everyone’s needs or preferences. I think working with the community, being transparent and doing what is ultimately best for our children and their teachers would be the best way to proceed.

What else would you like the readers to know? I would like to thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself. Westfield is a very strong and family-oriented community. This was proven to me recently when my family welcomed in my 18-month-old niece in the middle of the pandemic. I was overwhelmed with the support I received from this town. I look forward to having the opportunity to pay it forward.

Questions for the candidate? Email Wendy Rogers Fleming at WHFleming@aol.com.

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