Jeff Thielman
"Jeff's experience and hard work has been key to the steady improvement in our children's education during his nine years on the School Committee. "

Kevin Greeley

"I have deep faith in Jeff’s leadership and his commitment to public service.

As a Thompson parent, I have watched Jeff’s tireless, transparent and thoughtful stewardship of the Thompson rebuild project.

Town Meeting’s unanimous vote to finance the Thompson rebuild was due, in part, to Jeff’s careful preparation and straightforward presentation of the financing facts."

Jane Biondi - Former Thompson Parent, OMS/AHS Parent

"Jeff focuses his considerable energy on key school needs.

For example, we can agree that teaching all of our children to read is a top academic priority for any school. And Arlington’s “Response to Intervention Reading Program” has propelled hundreds of elementary children up to age-appropriate reading levels and beyond. Jeff Thielman’s role in its creation cannot be overstated.

His leadership enabled us to add new programs such as “Response to Intervention” even during a challenging budget cycle with many difficult cuts. As a result, Arlington initiated a program that is a model for the entire state."

Sue Sheffler

"Few leaders had the gifts and abilities Jeff Thielman brought to the table. He is courteous; compassionate and level headed; and humanistic to seek advice and counsel from others who may have a different point of view.

An engaging conversationalist, Jeff Thielman is both an excellent speaker and thoughtful listener. "

Charlie Lyons

"I have enjoyed working with Jeff on various projects over the years. Jeff is caring, ethical, intelligent, organized and very good with people. He is skillful with groups and conducts well-balanced meetings, even with strong personalities, allowing everyone to get a fair hearing."

Ed Starr

"We need School Committee members with experience, creativity and enthusiasm to address the challenging times ahead.

Jeff is a tireless worker who is always willing to answer your e-mail or return your call. We feel very fortunate to have a person of his caliber serve the youth and families of Arlington. "

Lisa and Henry Brush




Here are links to articles and statements by and for Jeff Thielman

Starks, Thielman for School Committee, 2015-03-12

Cindy Starks and Jeff Thielman together represent 18 years of time-intensive volunteering on behalf of our students and our community. We are writing as former School Committee members to support their re-election for another three-year term. Becoming an effective School Committee member takes time as you learn to walk the fine line between the individual interests of constituents and the educational welfare of students system-wide. Having served for 12 and six years respectively, Jeff and Cindy have the experience, institutional knowledge and skills to keep Arlington Public Schools moving forward as we face the many challenges ahead.

APS is facing increasing student enrollment; tighter budgets as state and federal resources continue to shrink; a high school rebuild; students arriving in classrooms with more complex learning, social and emotional needs; as well as the implementation of new systems for evaluating educators and assessing student progress.

Cindy and Jeff bring skill, expertise and experiences that make them particularly qualified to address these challenges. Cindy is a middle school math teacher with experience in successfully negotiating union contracts. Jeff is the head of a high school that serves predominately low-income students, and he has more than 20 years experience in building transformational education systems.

One of the most demanding forms of community service, School Committee members are expected to be skilled interpreters of education policy and regulation, expert personnel managers, vigilant overseers of taxpayers’ money, all while functioning with the other committee members as part of a united team — despite differences in backgrounds, political philosophies, knowledge levels and expertise. Jeff and Cindy have taken on these responsibilities and grown in their own ability to manage them, and we are grateful they are willing to do so for another term.

Please join us in voting for Jeff and Cindy on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Susan Lovelace and Joani Lamachia
former School Committee members

Jeff Thielman Announces Candidacy, Feb 28, 2015

Jeff's Kickoff Speech

Jeff's Candidate Statement on ACMI


School Committee Debate on ACMI

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