Amanda Jozkowski, PhD, OTR/L

PUTTING MY EXPERIENCE TO WORK

I am an associate professor at Towson University, a pediatric occupational therapist, and mother of three young children residing in Eldersburg, Maryland. In service to Carroll County educators and families, I will enact practices and policies that support the preparation of our students for a rapidly changing world. As a school board member, I will work to provide all students the opportunity to learn and grow competently and confidently into successful community members.

My Campaign Priorities

Real World Preparation

Graduate students prepared for community life, by supporting teachers to enact best instructional practices in both academic pursuits and functional skills training.

Value career and technical education.

 

Increase job-preparation, placement, and transition services for certificate candidates prior to graduation.

Accountability

Maintain fiscal transparency and accountability through improved communication, data management, and assessment.

Improve CCPS' profile and access all available funding through the Blueprint for Maryland's Future by enacting the county's implementation plan, and meeting or exceeding state-level benchmarks on time and within budget.

Belonging

Create an environment of respect and belonging for all students, staff, and families in the school system.

Enhance access to wraparound services, technology, and alternative education models to increase equity and opportunity for success.

Address bullying and promote a culture of inclusive education.

Participatory Leadership

Model leadership and collaborative decision-making by partnering with parents, empowering and providing a platform for student and community voices, and encouraging participation and advocacy efforts of staff and community agencies.

Investing in Educators

Recruit, retain, and empower highly qualified staff, including teachers, nurses, bus drivers, janitors, supportive services practitioners, and others critical school system employees.

 

This includes providing better training, increasing salaries, prioritizing more diverse hires, and providing supports to prevent burnout and overwhelm.

Best Practice

Improve current practices at all levels (instruction, administration, governance) in line with scientific evidence and the highest ethical standards.

Ensure that the health, safety, and wellness of students and staff are prioritized - initiatives to address physical and mental health must be effective, science-driven, and grounded in developmental and culturally-responsive frameworks.