School board candidate Gail Cook responds to additional questions

Submitted by Gail Cook School Board Candidate District 2

Gail Cook, Candidate District 2

Do you have or have you had school aged children? If so, what educational options did you chose for them and why?

“My children and I all went through the schools in Fernandina Beach.  I and my siblings received an excellent education that allowed us to successfully pursue post secondary education.  My children also received an excellent education and both have graduated from a four year university and went on to receive master degrees.  My youngest daughter had a reading disability that caused her to struggle, but with the help of caring instructors at all levels she achieved every goal she set for herself.”

What would be the one thing you would suggest or try to implement to strengthen public education in Nassau County?

“I would like to see more people involved in mentoring programs at the school level.  I’m a mentor with Take Stock in Children and it is very rewarding.  Every teacher can identify a child that would benefit from someone spending time assisting with reading or math or just giving one on one assistance that is not always available during the school day.”

Editor’s Note:  At the request of many of our readers, the Fernandina Observer submitted a list of five questions to school board candidates.  These are the final answers to  questions presented to candidates.  The Fernandina Observer is not endorsing any candidate.  Our goal is to inform and educate our readership. 

District 2 candidates are Gail Cook and John Pulice, and District 4 candidates are Kimberly Fahlgren and Russell Johnson.

October 18, 2012 6:02 a.m.