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School Board Candidate Offers Homework Help

Howard County Board of Education candidate David Gertler wants to help students with science, math and technology homework.

 

David Gertler announced he will be hosting science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) discussions with parents and homework help for students in science and math during scheduled sessions at county library locations over the next two months.

Gertler, said: "I think this is a great way to help our students with their math and science homework and hopefully inspire them to pursue careers in those fields."

Gertler said he chose the tutoring approach over conventional campaigning such as door knocking and standing on the road waving in order to give back to kids.

"Even if I lose," said Gertler, of Ellicott City, "I can look back and say, 'look what my friends and I did, we helped kids with math and science. I hope it catches on.'"

Gertler, an adjunct professor at Towson University, has taken the semester off to focus on his campaign.

Gertler finished fifth in the on April 3 with 24.2 percent of the vote. He came in behind incumbents Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Flynn Giles and newcomers Ann De Lacy and Jackie Scott.

The following tutoring sessions have been scheduled:

Saturday, Sept 29th from 10am - noon @ Miller Branch
Saturday, Sept 29th from 2pm - 4pm @ Savage Branch
Sunday, Oct 21st from 2pm - 4pm @ Glenwood Branch
Sunday, Oct 21st from 2pm - 4pm @ Elkridge Branch

Note from Gertler:  "We may move the start times for October so they don't overlap - it will depend on the number of students that register and the number of volunteers I have."

Do you know of any other interesting campaign events happening over the next two months? - Tell us in the comments.

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MG42 September 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Hey, this is great. STEM is vitally important to our nation's future. Looks like someone competent may be running for the Board of Ed!
Taras Mykytyn September 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Glad to see science and math is a driver for the Board of Ed, with a candidate who understands and cares about their importance. Our kIds should be the best educated and trained in technology. Thank you David Gertler. You get my vote this Fall.
Paul Hess September 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Refreshing: Howard County School Board candidate David Gertler to offer STEM sessions to inspire parents & students. https://twitter.com/idea2go/status/245990556478619650
Jack September 13, 2012 at 05:48 AM
"David Gertler announced he will be hosting science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) discussions with parents and homework help for students in science and math during scheduled sessions at county library locations over the next two months." Two months til the elections and Gertler offers discussion on STEM. Where has he been? Most serious candidates like Andrews, De Lacy. Dyer and Kornreich have been discussing the issues non stop. Where was Gertler? This is not a beauty contest. We may have half of our graduates in need of remedial ed in mathematics and the vast majority of the rest in dire need to actually succeed in college. The hcpss has some serious issues and for someone to parade in 2 months befor elections just doesn't get it. Sure we have Giles and Sidiqui who should be resigning for their role in the failure of the hcpss to adequately educate the majority of children in Howard county but to replace them with the clueless who show up just in time for the elections is almost as bad.
Jack September 13, 2012 at 05:59 AM
STEM, oh yea, has something to do with technology, like an online discussion. "during scheduled sessions at county library locations over the next two months" yea that really missed the technology point like all the online resources available today for science and math at the tip of our fingers. I am going to have to look into this technology consulting business, smells like a good ole fashioned snake oil salesman. Knowledge is free, accept no substitutes.

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