Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: ACSD candidate offers brief bio

Hello, I am Brian Bauer. I am running for the Addison Central School District Board as a representative from Middlebury.

My interest in education started with my love of learning as a student in Chicago. It became more focused when I started teaching chemistry and physics in Connecticut. The beauty of Vermont drew me and my family to Middlebury in 1969, where I taught physical and life sciences to seventh- and eighth-graders for 32 years.

I earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; an M.S. in Education from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio; and a Certificate of Education and Business Administration, from the University of Vermont.

My wife, Marion, and I raised our three children in Middlebury, all of whom attended the Middlebury schools K-12. I have served the community over the years as chair of the Zoning Board, a justice of the peace, a member of the Tax Abatement Board and the Board of Civil Authority. For several summers I was an auxiliary State Policemen working on local lakes to promote water safety. When I retired from MUMS I became a Realtor to continue my interest in property management and development.

Currently I drive a school bus to take area students to extracurricular events. This allows me to interact with students in many grades from many schools. I also continue my love of outdoor education by running the trails in the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks in all seasons.

As I consider education it becomes clear to me that among its many goals must be the teaching of effective problem solving with the necessary knowledge, skills and processing ability. Integrated in this is the promotion of personal responsibility and respect for others. I am particularly interested in assuring that each student attains the foundation they will need upon graduation, whether or not they continue their formal education. To that end a good work ethic needs to be developed.

With my diverse background I would like to serve on the ACSD School Board to help wherever I can to make the system run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. I know there are many issues to be addressed and they are complex. I will study each situation to learn as much as possible to make the best informed decisions for the students of the Central District and their tax-paying supporters.

Brian Bauer

Middlebury

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