Farley-Bouvier is the education candidate
To the editor:
As someone who has over 30 years of experience working in many administrative capacities for the Pittsfield Public Schools, I enthusiastically endorse state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier as the clear education candidate in this election.
Throughout her life, Tricia has worn many hats in support of education. After graduating college, Tricia spent a year volunteering as a teacher for hearing impaired children in Belize, Central America. Upon her return to the U.S., she became a special education teacher here in Pittsfield. Once she earned her Master's Degree, Tricia taught for two years at the American School in Uruguay. Once she and her husband decided it was time to start a family, they returned to Pittsfield and Tricia began teaching at the Adult Learning Center. While she sat on the City Council, she also served as the executive director of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire.
As an original member and at one point co-chair of the School Building Needs Commission, Tricia met with teachers, administrators, parents, architects, and concerned citizens to initiate the process of upgrading Taconic High School. Tricia's collaborative approach not only gave all vested parties a voice at the table, but also gave all of us an example of how good government works.
Tricia's involvement in local politics began when Pittsfield Public Schools were facing the prospect of massive layoffs. Tricia collaborated with a group of fellow parents and concerned citizens called "Save Our Schools" to successfully pressure the city to find the funds needed to avert an educational disaster.
Once Tricia became our state representative, she helped to secure the funding needed to make the Taconic High School project a reality. Tricia's tireless efforts in support of this project will pay dividends for thousands of Pittsfield students for many years.
It would be difficult to find any candidate for office that is more dedicated to education than Tricia Farley-Bouvier. I am honored to have such a dedicated public servant represent me in Boston. She is a tireless fighter for education who gets things done. She is a doer, not just a sayer.
Charles Bordeau, Pittsfield