2020 Election Candidates

This year members of Magnet Schools of America (MSA) will elect a President-Elect and three Specialized Directors to serve on the board for the next two years.
In an effort to help you make an informed decision, please familiarize yourself with the candidates below.
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PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES

Arthur Arpin

Arthur Arpin
Guild of International Baccalaureate
Schools for the Northeast

50-word statement

I believe MSA’s work toward diversity, equity, and access impacts education and society. I will work with the Board and members implementing the strategic plan and supporting your work of providing diverse, quality academic environments for students and families. I will collaboratively lead the important vision of distinguishing MSA’s mission.

Theresa Porter

Theresa Porter
Director of Magnet Programs
East Baton Rouge School System

50-word statement

As President-Elect, I will use my experience as a regional and national board member, and a district administrator to guide MSA towards results-oriented goals and results (e.g. Standards of Excellence, technical assistance, membership expansion, communication, partnerships, member support, and advocacy) to build on the growth and sustainable path of MSA.

SPECIALIZED DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

Victor Black, Ed.D.

Victor Black, Ed. D.
Executive Director
Bridgeport Public Schools

50-word statement

I am committed to the MSA philosophy, I am a believer in the foundational pillars of MSA and I am a proponent of MSA beliefs. It would be an honor for me to assist Magnet Schools of America in growing its vision and mission and advancing our approach to educating the children across our nation.

MaryEllen Elia

MaryEllen Elia
Partner
International Center for Leadership in Education

50-word statement

My national and local expertise and relationships in the field of public-school education will enable me to support MSA initiatives as we strive to strengthen national and regional structure that supports and advocates for a network that will educate our stakeholders to the values of equity, diversity, and academic success.

Michelle Frazier, Ed.D.

Michelle Frazier

Michelle Frazier, Ed. D.
Independent Consultant
Concordia University

50-word statement

I recognize the value of magnet schools and their service to our country.  As Specialized Director I can support the expansion and strengthening of programs that allow us to create the adults of tomorrow who will speak words of peace, inclusiveness, and understanding.

Maria Hersey, Ph.D.

Maria Hersey, Ph. D.
Principal Advisor
Global Education Advisors

50-word statement

As a passionate public educator with over sixteen years of experience in public education, I believe my vast range of expertise with magnet schools, higher, and international education would be well suited to support and extend the mission of MSA stakeholders who are dedicated to making a difference in education by ensuring equity, excellence and innovation for all.

Corinne Roche

Corinne Roche
Supervisor
Baltimore County Public Schools

50-word statement

Having spent my entire career in magnet schools, including teaching, coordination, and supervision, I would be an asset as a Specialized Director. I’ve served on the MSA Board for almost 2 years as a Regional Director, growing my commitment to MSA as a vital organization supporting all facets of magnet schools.

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott
Magnet Director
Texarkana Arkansas School District

50-word statement

I am excited by the prospect of shaping the future for Magnet Schools of America and advancing research to help advocate for magnet schools. I want to help magnet schools share their good news and let the public know how magnet schools are changing student lives for the better every day.

Sabrina Suber, Ed.D.

Sabrina Suber, Ed. D.
Principal
Richland Northeast High School

50-word statement

It is my firm belief that magnet programs create equity and access for students, and I would like to be a Specialized Director for Magnet Schools of America so that I can work to extend equity and access for all students.

Lisa Thompson, Ed.D.

Lisa Thompson, Ed.D.
Director, Magnet Themes and Curriculum
Wake County Public School System

50-word statement

Seeking appointment as a Specialized Director:
● Extensive experience in theme development and implementation
● Extensive experience in curriculum analysis, development, and implementation
● Advanced degrees in organizational leadership practice; experience leading successful organizational change
● Commitment to innovating for excellence, equitable access, and purposeful choice to build and support a diverse educational community

Barbara Turner, Ed.S.

Barbara Turner, Ed. S.
Director of Magnet Programs
Richland School District Two

50-word statement

More than 20 years in the field of education, six-year MSA member with current experience as the Director of Magnet Programs for Richland School District Two and previous experiences as Education Associate for Magnet Programs at the South Carolina Department of Education, MSAP Grant Coordinator, school counselor and classroom teacher.

Teresa Turner, Ed.D.

Teresa Turner, Ed.D.
Project Director for Magnet Schools Grant
Richland County School District One

50-word statement

I am a product of magnet programs. Not only have I attended and taught at magnet schools, I’ve also lead three magnet schools (International Baccalaureate, Montessori and Language Immersion). Additionally, I have a strong background in program evaluation and have published research in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.


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