To the editor:
I am writing in support of Greenwich Board of Education candidate Gaetane Francis.
Those who run for the school board must have proper qualifications and experience, and believe me, she indisputably has it all. She obtained bachelor degrees in biology and electrical engineering from MIT and a doctorate from Yale Medical School.
In addition to her impressive academic accomplishments, she has demonstrated a never-ending commitment to the Greenwich Public Schools system.
I have first-hand knowledge of her numerous activities with the schools because I regularly interact with her sons, one of whom, Toby Hirsch, is in my grade at Western, while the other, Calvin Hirsch, is in 10th grade at Greenwich High School. Francis has had a profound effect on Greenwich’s schools, and not just Glenville Elementary and Western Middle. She has served as co-chairperson for the town wide Advanced Learning Program and actively has volunteered in classrooms and the PTA for many, many years.
She works collaboratively with students, teachers, families and administrators, whether it be curriculum-related projects or hands-on projects. Though her passion is enhancing the curriculum and development of independent learning, she has the intelligence and commitment needed to get the job done regardless of the issue at hand or the obstacles she faces.
I urge everybody to talk with her about their thoughts on improving our schools or changes they’d like to see. She’s a good listener, and you’ll be able to have a good conversation with her, in which she will talk about her ideas and plans.
Don’t forget to vote for her Tuesday, Nov. 3. I can assure you she is the most qualified, exceptional and dedicated candidate who exists in the field.
And, as if all her skills and talents aren’t enough, I can tell you her French toast, like her capabilities, is incredible.
Grade eight, Western Middle School
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