2019 Saint Paul School Board Candidate
Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I live in the West End neighborhood.
I currently work for a Law Firm Downtown Saint Paul.
I have attended St. Paul Open School, Central High School (Photography Class), and then graduating in 2004 from Humboldt High School.
I put myself through Rasmussen College and graduated in 2010 with an Associate Degree in Multimedia Technologies - emphasis in Web Design. I was the first in my family to get a college degree.
Now a single mother with a 9th grader in Saint Paul Public Schools, I felt it was my time to give back and join the Saint Paul School Board.
St. Paul Open School
Humboldt High School
Rasmussen College - A.A.S Degree - Multimedia Technologies - Web Design
Throughout my years I have volunteered at the following:
Saint Paul Public Schools
Minnesota Aids Project
Teens Networking Together
DFL: Wellstone/Mondale campaign
Feed My Starving Children
WHAT SETS ME APART FROM THE OTHER CANDIDATES
I think we need monthly check in meetings with students and counselors. To check in and talk about how things are going, any concerns, what they’ve been up to the last month. It could be as quick as ten minutes, but it’s a way to connect and see how every student is doing. I think in middle school and high school this would be very important.
QR Codes on assignments, especially math that take you to a YouTube video which shows you how to do the assignment is something we should have at all schools.
We should supply feminine hygiene products in all bathrooms at all middle schools and high schools.
WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE
With two members not seeking re-election there will be an open seats on the board, and I would like the opportunity to fill one of them; I feel I would be a great fit.
As I looked at the candidates I realized they were all from the Midway, St. Anthony, Como, Dayton's Bluff, and Payne-Phalen area, no one was from the West End or West Side of town.
If we are representing the students from the district then I think we should have a board member from each ward.
I'm a well rounded community member, I'm not an educator. I feel the board needs someone like me to bring in fresh new ideas. I find it a problem that enrollment in our schools keeps declining.
I think we need to find other ways of connecting with the students. We need more rounded courses that reflect our students. But we also need the teachers to teach those courses so students can identify and relate to them.
Humboldt has classes like small animal care, small engines, and welding. All of which are teaching life skills, and are hands on. It's something the students can identify with, they see how it will help them in life, so they want to learn it.
I really like the partnership that Johnson Senior High has with Hiway Federal Credit Union. I would like to see more of those.
I think we need some kind of life skills class before students graduate where they learn how to open and operate a bank account, how to change a tire, do their own taxes, and other life skills.
With my daughter I have always promoted learning to be fun, and I think we need to do that with our students. I have taught her how much you can learn from traveling to the places we hear about, and seeing them first hand.
I have always promoted the Saint Paul Public Library as another tool outside of school. I think we need to work with the community for partnerships between the schools, libraries, recreation centers, and local businesses.
We need to be there for our students and let them know the world is a big place and there is something out there for each and every one of them, no matter who they are or where they came from.
If they can dream it, they can make it happen. I feel as School Board members it is our job, to give these kids the first stepping stone in life and give them a great education.
My Experience with the Saint Paul Public Schools:
I felt like I was under attack for an article I didn’t write, I only shared, because I share everything that has to do with this School Board race. I want to make sure everyone knows that you Vote for FOUR OF US for the board on November 5th. Not one person but FOUR.
I’m going to get as real with you as I can about my experience with the Saint Paul Public Schools and why I’m running. I felt like I needed to share some of the things I have went through, because I think people are looking at me based on what they see and not who I am and what I can bring to the table.
As a white kid in the SPPS I was a minority; I was the only white girl on the cheer-leading squad junior year, but the team made me feel welcomed. I want every student to feel welcome at school; like I did at St. Paul Open School and at Humboldt High School.
Just as I started junior high school my parents were getting a divorce. By high school I was made to go to court ordered therapy at Face to Face to reconnect with my mother. I would make up the work I had missed but because I still missed classroom time my math teacher would fail me; telling me being in class was a lot of the grade. Susan Hawke would hang up on me and my dad when trying to explain the situation. She would walk away from me when I tried to ask her about it. The principal Ruth Pechmann; as many of you know was no help at all with anything.
On New Year’s Eve 2000, my dad was beaten up by Saint Paul Police for setting off a couple of fireworks. He sued the City of Saint Paul for Police Brutality, and eventually won. But the harassment from the City went on for awhile.
I ended up doing half my tenth-grade year in home school. I wanted to go to Central, where I had a lot of friends; but because of where I lived Humboldt was my neighborhood school so I was put on a waiting list. I got a call about a week or two later saying I got into Central; at that point I realized how much I liked Humboldt.
I was 10 credits over for what I needed to graduate, as a senior so I wanted to take half days. But I was told I couldn’t by my counselor, and was given a full day of classes. Starting my morning with American Music Appreciation; where we listened to the Mighty Ducks soundtrack, something I did when I was 12. Next class was Relationships; where we watched movies like Uptown Girls; which I had already seen.
I wouldn’t go to school until it was time for my third period class; which was math. Trying to get into school was the biggest challenge; the hall monitor would call the principal and try to get me detention or in school suspension. I would always have a note, either my dad would write it, or I would in my car before heading in once I was 18, so that I would be allowed into school. I don’t think our students should ever feel like they can’t enter school.
My senior year I was able to get G. A. (my homeroom teacher at Open School) to change that math grade from freshman year. Then my GPA was where it should be, and I would have made Honor Society but I had just missed the deadline for my GPA.
At Humboldt my Career/College Counselor Mrs. Atkinson would advise me not to apply to schools in California, but rather Inver Hills Community College. I thought people in her position should be encouraging students to follow their dreams, not tell them to settle for less.
At the same time there are some great educators that have come to our district; M. M. was the librarian at Humboldt my senior year and a reason I came to school many days; She was awesome! Someone you could tell truly loved what she did, and loved the students; same goes for my former math teacher J. S. who made math fun.
As a parent I’m always dealing with the SPPS; my daughter was in a motor vehicle accident and was hit by a drunk driver in 2015 and misses a lot of school due to back pain. I am constantly getting letters from Ramsey County about her attendance; I have even pulled her out and did home school because of it. I’ve gotten Doctor’s notes and everything but it’s never good enough.
SPPS spends too much time and money harassing people, instead of teaching our children.
I want future students to have a better experience with SPPS than I did. That’s why I have spent my own money to run, I feel we need change and I can help make that happen.
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10/1 Coffee with Candidate @ Caydence Coffee & Records
10/3 Ward 4 Forum @ 550 Vandalia
10/5 Ward 6 Forum 9:30am - 11:30am @ Hazel Park Prep Academy 1140 White Bear Ave
10/8 Ward 7 City Council Forum 6:00pm – 7:30pm @ Sunray Library 2015 Wilson Ave
10/10 West Siders for Strong Schools and West Side Community Organization School Board Forum from 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Neighborhood House 179 Robie Street E 55107
10/15 Ward 2 City Council Forum 7:15pm - 8:45pm @ Villa del Sol Community Space 88 Cesar Chavez St.
10/17 Ward 1 City Council Forum 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Hallie Q. Brown Community Center 270 Kent
10/19 Concerned Parents of Anew Bam School Board & City Council Wards 5, 6, 7 Parade & Forum Parade is 11:00am, Forum 12:00pm-2:00pm @ Arlington Community Center 1200 Payne Ave 55130
10/22 Board of Education Meeting 5:30pm-9:00pm @ 360 Colborne 55102
10/24 Sprockets Community Engagement School Board Forum 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club
10/29 WeVoteMN Coalition School Board Forum 6:00-8:00pm @ Spruce Tree Center
11/5 Election Day
I hope on November 5th, 2019 you will vote for me so I can help make this happen!
Mi nombre es Tiffany Fearing.
Me postulo para la Junta Escolar de Saint Paul.
Espero que el 5 de noviembre de 2019 voten por mí.
Kuv lub npe yog Tiffany Fearing.
Kuv yeej txhawb nqa Tsoom Fwv Tsev Kawm Ntawv Nroog Xees Phos.
Kuv vam tias thaum lub Kaum Ib Hlis 5, 2019 koj yuav pov ntawv rau kuv.
Magacaygu waa Tiffany Fearing.
Waxaan taageersanahay Dugsiyada Dadweynaha ee Saint Paul.
Waxaan rajeynayaa November 5th, 2019 inaad ii codeeyn.