Christine, Aidan, Sophie and Jeff Thielman
Jeff Thielman



March 2018

Dear Friends:

After reflection and many conversations with my wife, three children, and friends, I have decided to seek another term on the Arlington School Committee.

Like everyone else, our family is busy. Our oldest is at the Ottoson Middle School, and our two youngest are at Brackett. My wife, Christine, works full-time at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My day job running an organization that serves 2,000 immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts and New Hampshire is challenging – and exciting – in today’s political climate.

Our family feels lucky to live in a welcoming community with good schools, wonderful neighbors who have become close friends, and a culture that respects and honors the many different perspectives of the people who live here.

Every game, concert, theater production and work of art that we see by Arlington students inspires and motivates me to do what I can to help my kids and the nearly 6,000 other children in our schools. I remain amazed and inspired by our students, even more today than in 2003 because today I see things through the eyes of my own children.

I was elected to Arlington’s Town Meeting in 2001 and to the School Committee in 2003. Every three years I do a lot of deep thinking about whether I still add value to the Arlington School Committee.

Candidate Statement

With great humility, I believe I do. For the past decade, our enrollment has been rising, and I’ve played a leading role in addressing this critical issue. I’ve served on the School Enrollment Task Force and took part in an extensive community-wide process that resulted in a new 6th grade school at Gibbs, the expansion of the Thompson School, the planned expansion of the Hardy School, the improvements that will take place at Ottoson, and the rebuild of Arlington School. A multi-year process to rebuild AHS is underway, and the AHS Building Committee elected me its chair last fall. I am committed to leading an inclusive process in which everyone in town is invited to give input and ideas for the new school.

There are many other issues that are important to me – cultural competence, quality services for ELL and Special Education students, and much more. As a senior member of the committee with management experience in education and human services, I bring insights into how a governing board should support the core functions of a complex organization like the Arlington school district.

For these reasons, I will seek re-election to the School Committee in 2018, and humbly ask for your support in the election on April 7th.

Jeff Thielman

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