Please provide some personal information.
My name is Albert Born, candidate for the Eden Prairie School Board. I have lived in Eden Prairie with my wife and three children for four years. My three children attend schools in Eden Prairie. I’m a salesperson at the Guitar Center in Bloomington. I am also a sound engineer and consultant, music teacher and freelance musician. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. I went to the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, where I got a degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics.
What experiences and qualifications do you bring to your application for Eden Prairie School Board?
I have had many years of successful working with audiences and education. Working in sales taught me to be a great communicator. I am never afraid to ask questions and always ready to listen. As an engineer, I learned to solve difficult problems and to stay focused. I can think from different angles to solve problems when tensions arise. As a teacher, I learned what works for kids and what doesn’t. I am passionate about teaching the next generation. As a musician, I know it takes hard work and patience to achieve your goal. I have worked with people from different cultures, origins and languages. It’s always exciting to learn from each other.
I also have a great support from my family. We are always interested in what is going on in the community. We love to volunteer at school and other community events and programs. Staying informed and involved is important to us. We love being part of the community and going out to Eden Prairie.
What values ââand personal qualities do you think are particularly important for a candidate for school board?
To understand the process. Listening to parents, teachers, students and the community. To be fair to everyone. To be able to think clearly, see the whole picture, and have common sense. Be positive and find solutions to solve problems. Be proactive.
Why should the voters of Eden Prairie choose you for the school board over other candidates?
I am the father of three children in the Eden Prairie school system. I understand how the school board works. I like to get involved and be a positive force. I see the importance and impact of the school board on the school system and the community. I will help shape and enhance the educational development of our greatest asset in Eden Prairie – the children.
COVID-19 rates are rising again in Eden Prairie and Hennepin County. What do you think are the key factors in Eden Prairie Schools’ management of COVID-19 for the 2021-22 school year, and why (for example, mask mandates and / or vaccine mandates for staff and students, other)?
Track up-to-date science and valid data. Listen to the community.
The school board recently decided not to hold a referendum on raising operating funds this year. What is your position on such a referendum in the future, and why?
Part of the school board’s job is to make sure that we have adequate funding and that we don’t spend money in stupid ways. Before asking for more money from the community, we need to first look at the budget and see if there are better ways to balance it. It is unfair to ask for more money because of mismanagement of money.
What are your top three priorities for schools in Eden Prairie, and why?
Make decisions based on facts and common sense. No political bias or popular tendency. Too many school boards are plagued by media prejudice and the politics of the day. We need to stay focused on educating children, not indoctrination.
Listen to parents, teachers and students. Be accessible. I think a lot of people find it difficult to speak with the school board and get clear answers to their questions, issues, or issues. They also struggle to understand the process. We need to make things easier and have more visibility.
Better nutrition and better physical shape in our schools. School lunches and breakfasts are not that good. We have to fix it. We also need to find better ways to teach our children about nutrition and fitness and their importance.
What will it mean to you personally if you are elected to the Eden Prairie School Board?
I know I can tell the difference. I want our future generations to grow beyond our wildest dreams and have a positive impact on this Earth. I want people to be in awe when they find out that Eden Prairie is where they grew up and went to school. This is the place to be!
How can interested voters find out more about your candidacy?
Email: [email protected]
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