My name is Donta Hughes, I am a married father of 5. I am honest, passionate, observing, and mostly unbiased. I am running for Carver County District 112 School Board in Minnesota because I believe that the generations of students that are in school right now are the ones that will change the world. It's up to us, as adults to help them get to where they need to be. We can not afford more kids to be bullied, targeted with racism, or shamed for being who they are. It's our job to show them the value of life and each other. We have witnessed or have heard too many times of kids feeling helpless because of the things that they have encountered at school or within the community. It's time for something different to happen. Yes, I am different.
The students and children will always be my main priority. I want to be that voice when they can't speak for themselves. I want to be someone they can look up to. I want to lead by example, be a model for how to treat people, and show them why it's good to be a good person at all times. I want to show them that the differences that we all have can be appreciated by everyone. I want them to know that under any circumstances that I am here for them, ALWAYS. Provide them with the tools to be successful in a very diverse world. My goal is to also, learn as much about them as I can so that I can efficiently help them in ways that are needed most.
My mission is to embrace the pursuit of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Over the last year, there has been an issue of trust between the community and the school district. Last school year we were plagued with racial moments, month after month. One racial moment is one too many. The district recently failed to pass a referendum, that we will most certainly need in the upcoming school years. I want to reestablish and reopen consistent and difficult conversations between the district and the community. I want to show the community that there's is a reason to trust. I want to be that reason.
I have many conversations inside of schools and inside of the community. I hear too often that teachers/educators are afraid to speak their minds and voice their opinions. This can not be something they should have to deal with if we want students to receive the best education. Teachers/educators must be allowed a seat at the table. Their concerns are just as important as everyone else's. We should look to them for answers and understanding. They can give us more clarity into students than any other administrator in any school. We want them to have relationships with their students that require them to be valuable assets in every conversation. They should never feel uncomfortable with their input and voicing what they have learned or on what they feel can be done differently. Come on teachers/educators we want to hear your voices.
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