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Tracine Asberry, Candidate for Minneapolis School Board District 6

Asberry comes to the school board after a long career in education.

General Information

Name : Dr. Tracine Denise Asberry
Also known as : Tracine
Age : 0
Place of residence : Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : North Central Bible College
Degree : BA - Cross Cultural Ministries
Year of graduation : 1991

Grad school

University : University of St. Thomas
Degree : MA - Elementary Education
Year of graduation : 2004

Ph D.

University : University of St. Thomas
Area of research : Critical Pedagogy
Year of graduation : 2009

Employment Information

Job titles held : Administrator
Employers : African American Academy for Accelerated Learning

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Minneapolis Public School Board - District 6
Chamber/district: District 6
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 319 W 46th Street
Minneapolis
Minnesota
55419

URLs

Website : www.TracineAsberry.org
Twitter : @TeamTracine
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Tracine-Tracine-D-Asberry-EdD-for-Minneapolis-School-Board/151110075005884

Other facts

I amm running for the Minneapolis School Board seat in District 6. Not only am I a Kingfield resident, I am also a former Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) teacher, involved Southwest parent, and strong advocate for public education.

Through my parents, I first learned the value of education. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the youngest of eight children. My father was illiterate. He worked for 30 years as an assembly line operator at the first Henry Ford Motor Plant. When I was 6 years old my mother returned to school to earn her GED and go on to become a state social worker. Because of their struggle and resilience, they instilled in me a firm belief in education as a gateway out of poverty. Education gave me strength to rise to my full potential and called on me to reciprocate. Raised with high expectations and high support, my parents taught me to give to family and community. To this day, I believe it is our duty, to lift each other up.

As a MPS teacher for nearly a decade and a professor in Urban Teacher Preparation at Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College and University of St. Thomas, I bring a wealth of knowledge based on my professional experience. I believe it is the responsibility of public schools to help all students reach their full potential. In order for this to happen, students must have access to culturally relevant curricula. This entails that schools 1) offer additional support to meet each student's unique needs, 2) ensure all student make yearly growth, and 3) promote high-ability perspectives.

From my experience as an involved Southwest mother of three, I know that parents are the first educators of their children. I believe that all families should be treated equitably and have opportunities to engage in decision-making regarding their children's education. During my time as an MPS teacher, I employed innovative approaches to family involvement. I worked directly with students and families in order to promote equal, accessible, high quality education. I am dedicated to ensuring all children receive Best Practices instruction that promotes creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and independence. These are the skills our children need to become empowered leaders in our ever-evolving global community. Southwest public schools are the most vibrant examples of excellence in Minneapolis.

Our community works hard to support the education and prosperity of students, families and teachers. If elected to the Minneapolis School Board, I will strive to continue this tradition and promote the success of all students in District 6 and throughout MPS. I ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 6th. Sincerely, Tracine Asberry

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