Matt Westmoreland (School Board District 9 Candidate)
10/9/2013, 12:05 p.m.
Campaign Web Site: www.mattwestmoreland.com
City of Residence: Atlanta
Do you, or have you had, children enrolled in an APS school?: I don't have any children-- but when I do, I will enthusiastically enroll them in APS schools.
How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: In August I started my fourth year as a History teacher at Carver Early College High School in Southeast Atlanta. I also serve as chair of the Grady High School Foundation and as a member of the Carver Early College Local School Council.
If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?:
Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree, Princeton University
Name: Matt Westmoreland
Office Sought: Atlanta Board of Education, District 3
Political Experience: N/A
Prior Office(s) Held: None
Profession: History Teacher
What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: Choosing a new superintendent who will move our system in a positive direction; selecting the right governance model to ensure decisions are being made by the individuals who best know our children and their individual needs; and passing budgets that spend our resources where they belong—on kids.
What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: A vibrant city that bridges racial and socioeconomic divides, fosters economic development in all parts of town, and ensures every child has the excellent education that will open up real opportunity and choice in life.
What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: I think my time as a student on one side of our city and as a teacher on the other provides me with a unique perspective on the challenges we face and the opportunities we have. I will be an informed, even-tempered, engaged, and responsive member of the Board.
Are you a product of the Atlanta Public Schools system?: Yes! I attended Morningside Elementary and Inman Middle, and graduated from Grady High.
Are you, or are you not in favor of more Atlanta charter schools?: I am in favor of schools that prepare our kids for success in the world. We have both traditional schools and charter schools today that do just that. I am in favor of replicating what works— and providing all our principals and teachers with the tools and resources they need.