"Meet the Candidate" is a feature on Mansfield-Storrs Patch designed to help you get to know your local candidates before you take to the polls this November. Each profile was submitted directly by the candidate.
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Name: Nancy Silander
Party, Position Seeking: Democrat, Region 19 Board Member
Family information: Husband - John (Professor at UConn), 4 children - graduates of E.O. Smith currently living in NYC, Seoul and Basel
Occupation: Retired French teacher, Department Head at E.O. Smith after 32 years
Political Experience: Town/University Relations Committee - 2 years; Mansfield Community College Partnership - MCCP - 4 years
Other Experience: State Board of Language Teachers - 10 years, Currently Corresponding Secretary; Joshua's Trust Board Member 2011-; Edwin O. Smith Foundation Board 2008-2011
Why are you running for office? To give back to my community; as a former teacher, parent and community member I have a unique perspective on the high school.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus? Continuing the excellence that E.O. Smith is known for while being fiscally responsible; continue to work with sending districts particularly regarding curriculum.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Mansfield today? Growth due to Storrs downtown; continuing the partnership with the University.
What skills do you have that you could bring to the community? Listener; organized; connections
Anything else you would like to share?