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Thank you to the Sudbury community for electing me to serve on the Sudbury School Committee. I am deeply humbled by your support. I am eager to begin this important work and I assure you that I will work tirelessly as a committee member to continuously improve our beloved Sudbury Public Schools.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who supported me during the election season. Whether you wrote a postcard, held a sign, hosted a zoom, or chatted with a neighbor on my behalf, all of these efforts culminated in my election. I am grateful to you for putting your faith in me. A special thank you to my campaign team without whom this election simply would not have happened. Thank you for your time, effort, and support. Lastly, and ever so deeply, a thank you to my wife and children. As the Ubuntu philosophy declares, “I am because we are” and I will never, ever lose sight of that.

A final reflection about running a four-month campaign in Sudbury. I came away from my first election season feeling a pride in our community and connection to my town. Respectful, courteous, inclusive, and supportive civic engagement on display! At every turn of this effort, I was met by neighbors willing to engage, listen, and share. To those who abstained from voting; I encourage you to consider casting a vote at next year’s town election. Democracy in Sudbury is alive and well and thrives when one exercises their right to vote.

In closing, I consider my election to the Sudbury School Committee an opportunity to serve Sudbury residents. Please do not ever hesitate to connect directly with me at tylersteffey@gmail.com or (617) 875-1961. I plan to be accessible and responsive every step of the way.


With humble gratitude,

Tyler Steffey


https://patch.com/massachusetts/sudbury/thanks-sudbury-new-school-committee-member-letter

 
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Hi, I'm Tyler.

I am experienced, energetic, and approachable. I have 20+ years of experience as a teacher, student advocate, and now middle-school Assistant Principal. I chose education as a career because I love watching children grow and I believe that few things are more important in a child’s early life than a positive school experience. 

I'm running for Sudbury School Committee because I am uniquely qualified for this role.

My wife and I moved to Sudbury three years ago with our two young children and we could not be happier. Our children are now in Kindergarten and 2nd grade in Sudbury Public Schools. We love our neighborhood, we love this town, and we are committed to Sudbury. 

I am running for a seat on the Sudbury School Committee because I feel a personal connection to and responsibility for our schools. 

As a parent, I want my children to grow in schools that celebrate diversity, demonstrate equity, and exemplify inclusion. In school, I want my children to be challenged, I want them to feel safe taking risks and failing, and I want them to feel that growth is celebrated as much as mastery. This is key to an excellent education. 

Now more than ever is the time to have leadership with experience on the Sudbury School Committee. I understand, through years of first-hand experience, how enrollment projections, class-size guidelines, and staffing levels may impact the $32 million SPS budget. My experience in this area will directly correlate to the budget review and approval for which the Sudbury School Committee is responsible.


I will prioritize working with the other commissions and committees to harmonize our efforts for a continuously improving Sudbury. I will work to ensure that last year’s momentum around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sustains in our schools so that students of all colors, creeds, abilities, and identities feel welcomed, represented and empowered for years to come.


In my spare time, I am a backyard rink builder, a want-to-be woodworker, a beginning birder, a doting grandson, and a ten-year Pan-Mass Challenge rider. I’m happiest outdoors surrounded by family (with a plate of BBQ chicken off the grill!).  I am a positive, energetic, and approachable person and I thrive in a team setting.


Now that we have a timeline for a full in-person return to elementary and middle school, the work shifts to HOW to safely welcome our children back. I live this work every single day. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, and I’m ready to get my children - our children - safely back into school.  Thank you for your consideration.


To learn more: www.steffeyforsudbury.com or https://www.facebook.com/SteffeyForSudbury. Use this Voting Guide to check your voting status, apply for mail-in ballot, or confirm your voting location.

 

Making Connections

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Chatting at Longfellow Glen

March 20, 2021

Today I had the opportunity to speak with some of our neighbors at Longfellow Glen. Camila, who grew up in Sudbury, has a daughter and niece in SPS. She spoke candidly about her concern for the social-emotional well being of her family in the long term. As a Sudbury School Committee member I will advocate for increased social-emotional support at every level of SPS. This is a top priority. Thanks to our neighbors at Longfellow Glen for a productive morning of conversation.

A visit to The Coolidge

March 21, 2021

Today I decided to forgo the traditional sign-holding and instead connected directly with our neighbors at The Coolidge on rt 20. I spoke at length with Ms. Turner (who offered me permission to share). Ms. Turner is a former kindergarten teacher who raised her Black children in a predominantly white town. She spoke candidly about the impact that had on her family and how it shaped her children.

The first step towards positive change is to listen to the experiences of members of our community, and I plan to ensure the voices of ALL Sudbury residents are represented by the Sudbury School Committee.

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Do you support students returning to school 5 day per week?

I fully support a safe return to school and I assert it should happen as soon as possible. 


6-months of data show that there is low community spread and no evidence of school spread. If we continue to implement safety measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands, with the addition of district-wide pool testing and rapid testing for symptomatic individuals, we should be pushing for a Spring return to school in line with the intentions stated by Governor Baker and Education Commissioner Riley. For most students, a return to school is best for their academic and social-emotional well-being.

​Additionally, we should continue to offer a full-remote option for families through the end of this school year. Once the district knows how many of our children plan to return, the current remote option should be evaluated and improved where necessary.

We should expect full transparency from Superintendent Crozier. We should be kept informed of his long-term plans and of all his considerations along the way. 

As a parent of a Kindergartener and a second grader, as a Sudbury resident, as a candidate for Sudbury School Committee, and as a middle-school administrator, I think it is time to roll up our sleeves and get our children back into school. I live this work every day and I’m ready to bring my experience and energy to the Sudbury School Committee to make it happen.

 

In my personal life I am...

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A Backyard Rink Builder

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A 2nd-Grade Sudbury Youth Soccer Coach

A Doting Grandson

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A One-time Mascot

 

Please join me for my weekly "Tuesdays with Tyler" Zoom. At 8pm every Tuesday I will be available to chat at the Zoom link below.  I look forward to seeing you and learning more about the issues on your mind.

 

I want to hear from YOU!

To be a successful School Committee member, I need to represent the many voices of Sudbury. Please be in touch!

617-875-1961

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These Words Have Always Resonated With Me:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson