|My name is Valerie Dejean. Who am I?
My name is Valerie Dejean. We (my husband and children have the
last name Kennick) have been living in Greenwood Lake since 2007, when
we bought a house in Indian Park. My twins John and Jacqueline
have been flourishing in the Greenwood Lake Schools and are now poised
to graduate from the 8th grade as honors students.
My roots with Greenwood Lake go back much farther. I have been coming to
the Lake since 1964 when my family bought a house up the road from the
Castle Tavern. I learned to swim on the next-door beach.
After my father's death and the selling of the house in 1988, Now I am
back and so very pleased to be raising my children at the Lake.
I have worked around the field of education for more than thirty-five years.
As a professional Occupational Therapist with a specialty
in Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Auditory Processing Disorders I
have consulted with thousands of families in finding the appropriate
education for their children. I know what is age appropriate for
children to learn and how to best do this. This gives me a
professional basis for understanding curriculum choices, special
education, and the all important Common Core issues.
I have 30 years experience in running a service-based business.
Running a school is not like running a McDonalds. One needs needs a
different skill set for management of service oriented
organizations. I have these skills.
Why am I running for the School Board?
I am alarmed at the way the current school board is under
pressure from the State of New York to consolidate smaller districts
into larger districts, I believe that the current BOE has the secret
agenda to consolidate our elementary and middle school into
Warwick. This means that we would lose control over the education
of our elementary and middle school age students.
Recent actions of the school board have left our entire community
demoralized and polarized. A new Broom sweeps clean. Maybe it is time
for a change.
Please Vote for me for Greenwood Lake Board of Education.
Valerie has two children who currently attend Greenwood Lake Middle
School. They are pictured above at an earlier age.
They are in Band, Jazz Band, Odyssey of the Mind, NJHS and recently appeared in Annie,
a GWL production. John Kennick (right) plays baseball for the GWL
Middle School varsity team. Jacqueline Kennick is in Girl Scouts (Valerie Genter's troop) and
takes Ballet with Hannah Kerrigan at M'Lanie Hunter Dance..
click here to see Valerie featured on World News Tonight, Katie Couric picture to see Valerie on Today
With Jacqueline's Ballet teacher Hannah Kerrigan
at a recent performance of Annie at the Middle School