I am a candidate that represents the Farmington 192 community.
My name is Kelsey Jezierski (she/her/hers) and I am excited to announce my candidacy for Farmington District 192 School Board. My husband and I have been residents of Farmington since 2013, our daughter is a student at Farmington High School, and we have another kiddo who will be starting his academic journey in 2024. We are extremely grateful for the dedicated teachers, staff, and administration of District 192.
Our family moved to Farmington a decade ago. We fell in love with the charming community and historic roots. We appreciated the small town feel that was steps away from a variety of different resources. We valued the support we saw within the community and felt this was a great place to raise our family. But like any other thriving community, there were also growing edges, both at the City level and within our educational system.
Over the last couple of years I have been active in advocating for what is needed within our district and community. Farmington is growing in both residents and diversity. I am someone who represents the WHOLE community and also brings a fresh perspective and bold ideas. I will continue advocating for those whose voices may not be heard or may feel alone in their beliefs and opinions. I will continue using research and data to support decisions being made for our learners and their families. I will be courageous in talking about issues that impact all learners, families, and residents. I will encourage connection between communities to foster belonging, understanding, and acceptance.
I would be honored to earn your vote to serve on the School Board where I can be a representative for all.
My two Farmington Tigers
Why I'm Running
Farmington is our home. It's yours too. Just like you, I want my kids to grow up in an environment where they can thrive. I want to provide them opportunities to learn, grow, and flourish.
I have had the honor to connect with so many wonderful residents and leaders who share similar passions. A bond was formed working towards similar goals. I want to continue building those connections and learn what other causes people are striving towards. I want people to feel supported and encouraged in the same way I have over these past couple of years.
Through these relationships I have had the opportunity to become more involved with the school district and those who hold various roles. While I gained understanding of how complex guiding a school district can be, I also found myself wanting to be a part of the process. When the School Board announced that they would be accepting applications for Board Member Sauser's vacant seat, I didn't hesitate in applying for the position. I was lucky enough to be one of the four they interviewed and it was through this process that my decision to run became solidified.
I want the best, not just for learners, but also for families, the teachers and staff that hold such a vital role, and also for the community. We are all connected because we belong to the same community, Farmington.
Why I'm Qualified
Actions speak louder than words. This is an idiom I live by. I also believe that inaction is action. If action doesn't follow, then what good are the words? When I have an objective in mind I am intentional in following through until it has either been accomplished or I have exhausted all approaches.
I have devoted time to advance the Strategic Plan by creating actionable objectives to one of the plan's strategies. I also took part in the Instructional Program Review (IPR) to better understand the foundation of our district's education system, ask questions to gain more clarity, and provide feedback on various topics. It was a privilege to use my voice in different spaces to better understand our district's vision.
For my day job, I am a licensed professional clinical counselor. Simply, a mental health therapist. Skills I am proficient in as a clinical counselor are strong listening skills, effective communication, empathetic listening, being non-judgmental, innovation, humility, mindfulness, patience, building relationships, authenticity, and respectfulness.
My husband has served our country for over 17 years, 10 of those were active duty. He has been deployed three times and we have moved from Louisiana to Alaska. Military life includes a lot of transition, unexpected changes, and problem solving. Through my personal and professional life I have acquired skills that are necessary for success as an elected School Board member. I am looking forward to gaining further competence in my role as an elected School Board member.
I believe that building relationships is the most important aspect in being a capable and competent representative of this community. Keeping communication lines open, inviting, and transparent is essential in building trust. Students, faculty, families, and residents need to trust that their elected officials are making decisions that are advantageous for all and not influenced by personal beliefs and opinions.
I am curious by nature so I tend to ask a lot of questions. I ask questions because I do not want to make assumptions based off my own lens. I understand that every person has their own unique story and I want to honor that. Seeing circumstances from various viewpoints is critical to making hard decisions. We have to be willing to be wrong and set aside our own biases for the most equitable outcome.
I PROMISE TO LISTEN TO UNDERSTAND RATHER THAN LISTEN TO RESPOND AND TO ALWAYS BE CURIOUS.