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Jennifer C. Segner
Jennifer Segner is a special education teacher in the Cloverdale School Corporation and media director for the high school and for the district.
She has 10 years of varied experience in education and holds a BA from Purdue in early childhood development and two master’s degrees from IU — one in library science and the other in information science. She is licensed as a special education teacher, certified as a media specialist, and has a principal’s license. Prior to her education career, she worked for seven years in sales and marketing in the computer industry and ran her own business for another five years. She and her husband have lived in Danville since 1996 and have four sons who all attended Danville schools. Their youngest son is currently a senior at the high school. In a recent speech at a candidate’s night in Danville, Jennifer presented her vision and reasons for running :
“… I applaud the work of the current board but believe adding members with education as well as business backgrounds is essential to improving the quality and performance of our system.
“… The first responsibility of the board is to the children — to provide the best possible education at all levels with the resources available to it. Other stakeholders are the taxpayers whose property taxes help fund the schools, the teachers, administrators, and support staff. Taxpayers deserve a fiscally-responsible system that is highly effective in maintaining competitive performance relative to other schools in the county to make our community attractive to families with children and to help support property values.
“… Our current board has done an adequate job but I believe we can do better with a more proactive and academically-focused approach. Our children have to compete in a global economy against competitive countries whose educational performance ranks much higher in secondary education. In 2010 China and Korea ranked first and second in math with the U.S. ranked 25th out of 34 OECD countries. In science we ranked 17th out of 34 and 13 percent below the Chinese. U.S. student performance in math, language arts, and science lag the world by embarrassing margins.