To the residents of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands,

As a candidate for the position to serve on the Henry Hudson Board of Education, I would like to introduce myself and provide a brief summary of my background. I have served as an educator for more than twenty nine years, and feel that I possess the experience and insight necessary to make decisions on behalf of the learning community and stakeholders of the Atlantic Highlands. As educators in districts across the state of New Jersey gain knowledge of the new 21st Century Core Curriculum Content Standards, I feel that it is critical that the young people of the Henry Hudson Regional High School benefit first hand from the changes in expectations in curricula to ensure that they become productive global citizens in the community, workplace, and beyond.

I would like to impress upon the community that making prudent decisions for our children requires an understanding of what is fiscally responsible and doable considering the economic times in which we live. Those decisions should be made in a collaborative manner considering the needs of ALL students and providing the best programs, delivered by quality teachers to ensure successful student achievement.

My professional experience consists of classroom teaching experience grades K-12, and administrative experience as well. Specifically, I have been a teacher of Spanish K-12 for twenty two years and an educational leader for the past eight years. Currently, I serve as the Supervisor of World Languages, ESL, Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and Business for a public school district in Monmouth County. In the past, I have supervised Social Studies and Literacy programs Kindergarten through Grade 12. I also serve as the Chairperson for the Local Professional Development Committee, designing teacher in-service and in service opportunities as directed by annual staff needs assessment survey results.

Personally, as a resident of the community, I appreciate the voices who have appealed to me as an educator for my input. I feel that my experience as an educational leader provides me with the energy and sensitivity to staff as well as students to work collaboratively with a team to make important decisions that impact the learning for our children.

As we move forward to plan strategically for our young peoples’ futures, I would like to conclude that as the learning community of Henry Hudson Regional High School continues to provide quality programs for its students, it is important for me to join those leaders who have made the school what it is today to listen to the voices of the residents, to act as liaison between the school community and the towns’ peoples, and to bring those ideas and opinions to the Board of Education to review and respond.

Most importantly, as we are role models for our children, emphasize that as Americans, our vote is our voice. April 20th is the date for us to be heard!

Michel Salazar-Linden
Atlantic Highlands, NJ