LIBERTYVILLE, IL — School boards across the Chicago area needed to make many tough decisions this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. And during this year’s local election, there are many packed school board races featuring candidates with differing opinions on remote learning, in-person models and how teaching should’ve been handled this past year. The
LIBERTYVILLE, IL — School boards across the Chicago area needed to make many tough decisions this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. And during this year’s local election, there are many packed school board races featuring candidates with differing opinions on remote learning, in-person models and how teaching should’ve been handled this past year.
The Libertyville Elementary District 70 school board race includes several candidates who’ve pushed for a return to in-person learning. Like many school districts, D70 spent most of the year learning remotely.
There are nine people running for five open seats on the school board. Seven of the candidates are seeking four open seats for a four-year term on the board of education while two candidates are vying for a single two-year term.
Patch.com reached out to the candidates running for the school board race, requesting they complete a candidate survey. Here are the responses for Angela Balanag who is among seven candidates running for four open four-year seats on the school board:
Age (as of election day):
Town/city of residence:
Libertyville District 70
Family -Names, ages and any pertinent details you wish to share: Husband Ed, 50, and daughter Vivian, 10 (4th grade at Copeland)
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? This includes any relatives who work in the government you’re running for: No
B.A. Illinois State University mass communications radio and television broadcasting and history; M.Ed. DePaul University teaching and learning (curriculum and instruction) and English; M.A. Northeastern Illinois University school leadership with principal endorsement
Occupation Please include years of experience:
English Teacher 20 years
No official website, but my blog is: angelabalanag.com
Previous or current elected or appointed office:
I applied for and was appointed to the Libertyville District 70 Board of Education in November 2020 after an elected member moved out of district.
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it:
The D70 board faces many pressing issues; the most important in my mind is addressing learning loss and establishing a robust MTSS for all students to access high quality opportunities. I am currently asking questions and working with district administrators to make this happen.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?:
As a veteran educator with 20+ years of full-time teaching experience and advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction and school leadership, I am aptly equipped to ask probing questions, identify areas of improvement, facilitate the action toward improvement, and accurately communicate the necessity for such steps with the community.