First in a series.
It is rare for an academic doctor to contend for the School Board, and even more uncommon for an education intellectual/theorist to pursue a seat, two compelling reasons to become acquainted with Prof. Kelly Kent, Ph.D for the Nov. 3 election.
Upon first meeting yesterday in her near-Downtown family home, Dr. Kent, mother of two, wife of one, was as pleasantly congenial and accessible as the welcome breeze wafting through the open windows.
The breeze wasn’t the only element that was fresh as Dr. Kent invoked matters that are strangers on campaign trails.
An election wasn’t even going to be necessary until Dr. Kent became the third candidate for two open seats two days before the (extended) registration deadline.
She holds strong but smoothly presented views, sometimes on topics that seldom arise in School Board campaigns..
Who is Kelly Kent?
“I am a neuroscientist,” she says, “so I know a lot about how we learn, which makes me very relevant for this position.
“And I really want to represent voices that are not currently represented in the District – Lin Howe (Elementary), in particular,” the third-grade home of her daughter, big sister to a pre-schooler. “I feel there is a homogeneity in the voices that are on the School Board currently. I would like to diversify it.
“I don’t think I only can speak for Lin Howe. I hope I can speak for the less heard voices as well, La Ballona and El Rincon.”
What component from those three schools is missing on the School Board?
“Points that I want to bring to the Board include infrastructure discussions, of course, because those are primary, instruction and mindsets.
“‘Instruction’ means: Are teachers able to differentiate in their classrooms? What does teacher to student ratio look like?”
(To be continued)