Jill Sanders: Candidate calls for more art, community involvement for students
Jill Sanders has a background in art and has been a volunteer art teacher in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District for the past three years. Now, Sanders wants to further her involvement in the district by participating as a board member.
Sanders graduated from Parsons the New School of Design in New York City with a BA in photography. Her family includes her husband, Graham, and children Rebecca, 14, Finn, 7, and Johnny, 7. After living in South Lake Tahoe for four years, she said she feels like a local.
Sanders wants to encourage more art programs in schools because they give students a way to vent through the freedom allowed in art, she said.
“There are no rules in art,” Sanders said.
If elected, Sanders would vote to remove the 4-by-4 schedule from the high school. This is the new schedule consisting of eight classes in the year, with four blocks every day, which began this academic year. She said the periods are too long for students to be engaged and captivated with learning. Instead, she said having six periods a day might be more beneficial to the learning process because more subjects could be included in a year and the periods are shorter.
Enrollment and attendance could be increased if students have more individual attention, she said. If students had mentors and smaller teacher-student ratios, they’d be more apt to attend school.
She said core values need to be brought back to the learning process, such as compassion, trust, respect, responsibility and honesty. This can be taught through community involvement.
The district and the community need to be involved with each other, she said. Schools should be able to work with places, such as the senior center, to teach students about giving back to the community. Sanders said an all-encompassing education is beneficial to the students.
“We have to work as a Tahoe family,” Sanders said.