A fourth-grade teacher joined the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools school board race after the board extended its filing period due to the early resignation of Annetta Stokes Streater.
Kim Talikoff, a former Estes Hills Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, filed to join the race during the extended time.
Talikoff took time off from teaching at the end of the 2017 academic year after working at the school for four years.
“It can be hard to carve out time to advocate in ways we teachers would sometimes like to,” Talikoff said.
Prior to teaching, Talikoff was a pediatric doctor for 14 years. Her life passion is working to improve the lives of children, she said.
“I'm pretty invested in serving kids, families and communities, it's my life work,” she said.
If elected, Talikoff’s main goals are to ensure that every student has access to challenging curriculum. Also, she said she wants to prioritize retaining excellent teachers in the CHCCS.
Talikoff hopes her previous work as a teacher will help facilitate communication throughout the school system.
In addition, Talikoff said she would like to pursue options on how the schools can continue to search for efficiency based on sustainability models, as well as pushing for the incorporation of technology into educational practice and expanding and updating classrooms.
With the upcoming election in November, Talikoff will run against the current chair of the school board, James Barrett. Barrett said he has met all but the most recent school board candidate, and gladly welcomes them to the board.
“They are a strong bunch,” Barrett said.
Three of the candidates are up for full time positions while the candidate with the fourth most amount of votes will finish Streater's term. So far, five candidates have filed during the standard filing period over the summer.
Rani Dasi, the current CHCCS vice chair, said the extended term will raise the competition level and force candidates to reach a broader audience. Incumbents and new candidates alike will have to expand on their platforms, she said.
Talikoff said she has a vision of Chapel Hill as the guiding model for public school education and hopes that she can implement change on the school board.
“I am deeply committed to our nation's and our community's public schools,” she said.
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