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Deborah Anderson, a former college professor and an active parent volunteer in the school district, is seeking election to the State College Area School Board this year.
She is cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican ballots for the May 18 primary election.
“As a teacher, I am committed to excellence in education for all students. And as a parent, I believe strongly that our schools must be welcoming and inclusive,” Anderson said in a press release..
She has lived in the State College area since 2009 and most recently taught in Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations.
Anderson has two sons who now attend State High and said that through the years she has been heavily involved with their schools. She has served on the Mount Nittany Middle School PTO and Ferguson Township Elementary PTO, where she was president and vice president.
She also has been a parent representative on district-wide committees addressing standards-based report cards for elementary students and K-12 learning enrichment and gifted student opportunities. She currently is a member of school soccer and music booster clubs, including serving as treasurer of the State College Music Boosters.
“I believe my experiences as a parent and as a school volunteer have prepared me well to serve on the school board. Because of my involvement as my children grew up in the district, I am familiar with the curriculum and policies at all levels of SCASD schools, from elementary to high school,” Anderson said.
“In addition, my attendance at many board and committee meetings over the past several years has given me a firm foundation for understanding the district as a whole. This background, coupled with information gathered by continued listening and learning, will help me to make decisions for the benefit of all students.”
Anderson received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 1993 and Ph.D. in labor economics from Cornell University in 1998. In addition to teaching at Penn State, she has been an assistant professor of economics at the University of New Mexico, visiting assistant professor of industrial and labor relations at Cornell and assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Arizona
“As an economist, I am committed to fiscal responsibility,” she said. “Our school board should help ensure that monetary resources are used effectively and efficiently, so that we can provide the best opportunities to our students, and support our faculty and staff, without overburdening taxpayers.”
Anderson is one of seven candidates seeking four State College Area School Board seats up for election this year. She is joined by Peter Buck, Carline Crevecoeur, Michelle Glenn Young, Jackie Huff, David Hutchinson and Dawn Lorenz. Each candidate is cross-filed on both primary ballots.