Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Chance endorsed for spot on ACSD board

Vote Jason Chance for Addison Central School District board.

I have known Jason for over 40 years. I will speak first of his personal qualities. Jason possesses a spirit of calm and peace, which manifests itself as a person who thoughtfully listens and imparts information pragmatically.  He deals with things sensibly and realistically in a way that’s based on practical solutions rather than theory. His speaking and writing skills are impeccable. Jason is one of the kindest, most even-tempered people I have ever known. He is positive. I have never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. His quiet sense of humor speaks volumes. 

Jason was raised in East Wallingford, attended Wallingford Elementary School and Mill River Union High School, graduating with high honors. He was very active in sports, theater, choir and MathCounts. He developed solid, positive relationships, many of which remain in his life today. Upon graduation from Mill River, Jason received a scholarship to Tufts University where he majored in electrical engineering. 

Rather than jumping directly into the engineering field, which provided for him many lucrative employment opportunities, Jason chose to join the Peace Corps. His decision did not surprise me because he always possessed a spirit of volunteerism. He was active in the environmental movement from a young age and has always possessed a spirit of “giving back.”

Leaving his home in Vermont, he embarked on the journey to West Africa, where much of his time was spent serving the poor and rural communities in the Republic of Guinea. He taught math, in French, at high school in a small town. While in West Africa, he met his now wife Nicole, who also volunteered as an English teacher in the Peace Corps. After their extended stay, they returned to Vermont and spent a frigid cold winter in the family cabin on Lake Dunmore while they planned their future. They eventually married and purchased their first home in East Middlebury, where they became parents and started their relationship with the ACSD. 

You can count on Jason to move the Addison Central School District in a positive direction with a focus on quality education for all students while respectfully considering the financial costs, personnel impact and timeline. 

I endorse Jason for this position without reservation. 

Sheila Conroy


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