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Dr Tim Johns

Learn more about Dr Tim's stances below.

  • Dr Tim Johns

  • About Dr Tim

  • New Castle
  • Appoquinimink School District
  • At Large
  • Dr. Tim is a parent of 4 adult children who attended Appoquinimink Schools in the past. Tim has an MBA from Wilmington Univerity, a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary, a Doctorate from Saint Thomas University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia University in Takoma, MD. Tim is also a Veteran of the United State Army. As an entrepreneur, Tim co-founded the (DLI) Dream Leadership Institute, which provides leadership training, and workshops for Middle & High School students. As an educator, he has twelve years of experience in classroom instruction and curriculum development. Dream Leadership Institute programs also are designed to empower young people to develop and discover the LEADER in them.
    Over 25 years of experience as a Sales and Marketing Executive working for companies such as DuPont, Safety-Kleen & Honeywell. In 2006 Tim Co-founded Heavens Gate Ministries located in Newark, Delaware. Together with his wife Monique Johns, they oversee A-Helping Hand. A-Helping Hand is a non-profit organization that provides for the needs of Seniors, the Homeless Community, and Young Adults.” Tim lives in Middletown DE with his wife Monique of twenty-seven years and their four children, Gabriella (Gabby), Timothy (TJ), Vincenzia (Zia), Giovanna (Gia), and Favor the puppy.

  • Candidate Questions

  • I believe equity as a concept of fairness and justice in the distribution of resources, opportunities, and rewards. To me, it is the idea that everyone should have access to the same resources and opportunities regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances. For me, equity is the opposite of equality, which is the idea that everyone should receive the same treatment regardless of their individual differences.

  • As a veteran and a small business owner, I have the experience of ensuring resources to get the most benefit for everyone. This begins with keeping equity at the front and center of the budgeting process. I will advocate for the following concrete steps to ensure resources are equitability distributed across Appoquinimink School District.
    1. Diversity in the budget committees including CBOC (Citizens Budget Oversight Committee): I will advocate for the increased diversity reflective of the school community at all levels of budget committees including CBOC. I will also ensure that such committees are composed of representatives from each school in the district. These committees should be responsible for reviewing the district’s budget and making recommendations for how resources should be allocated.
    2. Develop a budgeting process that accounts for equity: I will advocate for developing a budgeting process that is transparent and equitable. This process should include input from all stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, parents, and students and the diversity has to be reflective of the school community.
    3. Prioritize needs: I will support prioritize the needs of each school in the district and allocate resources accordingly while consider factors such as student population, academic performance, and extracurricular activities when determining how resources should be distributed.
    4. Monitor spending: I will also ensure that frequent and periodic monitoring of spending takes place to make certain that resources are being used appropriately and equitably.
    5. Evaluate outcomes: The final step of my plan would be to continuously evaluate the outcomes of the budgeting process to ensure that resources are being used effectively and equitably.

  • I would advocate for the following steps to address these issues:
    1. Adherence to a school-wide policy that not only explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination or bias against students based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability but also lives up to the spirit of such policies.
    2. Establish a school-wide system of restorative justice practices that focus on repairing relationships and addressing the underlying causes of conflict.
    3. Provide professional development for teachers and administrators on implicit bias and how to create an inclusive school culture.
    4. Establish a school-wide system of support for students who are facing issues such as poverty, abuse, or neglect.
    5. Create a school-wide system of data collection and analysis to identify any disparities in discipline or access to resources.
    6. Establish a school-wide system of accountability to ensure that all students have access to the support and resources they need.
    7. Develop a school-wide system of communication and collaboration between teachers, administrators, parents, and students to ensure that all voices are heard and respected.

  • As a school board member, I would prioritize the adoption of restorative, non-punitive discipline practices that focus on repairing the harm caused by a student’s behavior and restoring relationships between the student and the school community. I would also ensure that all school staff are trained in restorative practices and that these practices are consistently implemented.
    At the same time, I would recognize the need for school safety and would work to ensure that any school resource officers (SROs) are properly trained in de-escalation techniques and cultural competency. I would also ensure that SROs are held accountable for any disparate discipline practices and that any disciplinary action taken is fair and equitable. I would work to ensure that SROs are not the first line of response for minor infractions and that they are only called in when absolutely necessary. The first line of response for minor infractions has to be trained behavioral experts who understand the students at their level and can identify with them with empathy.

  • Yes, I believe students have the right to read and learn, free from viewpoint-based censorship. Everyone should have access to a wide range of perspectives and ideas, and should be able to make their own decisions about what they believe and how they think. Censorships have proved harmful in the development of a full understanding of the past and the lived experiences and therefore I believe that students should be exposed to ideas that aren’t comfortable for specific interest groups so that they have the richness of perspectives.

  • Yes, I support this statement. Here is my “why”: schools should be a safe and welcoming environment for all students, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. All students should be treated with respect and given the same opportunities to learn and grow. Schools should strive to create an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students.

  • Yes, I would support a school district wide policy that affirmed the rights and full inclusion of LGBTQ+ children and staff. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their orientation or identity.

  • I would address bullying or discrimination occurring in schools by first creating a safe and supportive environment for all students. This would include implementing anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies, providing training for staff and students on how to recognize and respond to bullying and discrimination, and creating a reporting system for incidents of bullying and discrimination. I would encourage the superintendent and the administrators to ensure that all students are treated with respect and that any incidents of bullying or discrimination are addressed quickly and appropriately. I would work with the community to create a culture of acceptance and respect for all students.

  • Yes, I support the widespread availability of translated materials and translators for students and families who speak English as a second language. I have worked with families who speak various languages and in my personal and professional life I strive for providing language support to everyone I deal with. I believe that it is important to ensure that all students and families have access to the same resources and information regardless of their language. Providing translated materials and translators will help to ensure that everyone is able to participate in school meetings and events.

  • Yes, Delaware's schools need more teacher and administrator diversity. The teacher body at Appo is far from being reflective of the student body in terms of demographic composition. Diversity in the classroom and in school leadership can help create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students. It can also help to foster a greater understanding of different cultures and backgrounds, which can lead to more meaningful and productive conversations and interactions. Additionally, having a diverse staff can help to ensure that all students feel seen and heard, and that their unique perspectives are valued.

  • Water quality and health and safety of students and staff have been at the forefront of my campaign. I will work on the implementation of the following 10-points plan to ensure this objective:
    1. I would commit to working with the school district, and relevant State of Delaware departments (e.g., Department of Education, Health and Human Services) to develop a comprehensive plan to address lead in water issues. This plan should include “immediate” testing all water sources in the district, identifying any lead contamination, and developing a plan to remediate any lead contamination.
    2. I would commit to working with the school district and relevant State of Delaware departments to ensure that all water sources are “regularly” tested for lead contamination and that any lead contamination is addressed promptly.
    3. I would commit to working with the school district to ensure that all staff and students are informed of any lead contamination and the steps being taken to address it.
    4. I would commit to working with the school district and relevant State of Delaware departments to ensure that all staff and students have access to safe drinking water until lead issues are resolved and general water supply is safe for consumption.
    5. I would commit to working with the school district and relevant State of Delaware departments to ensure that all staff and students are educated on the health risks associated with lead contamination and how to reduce their exposure.
    6. I would commit to working with the school district and relevant State of Delaware departments to ensure that all staff and students are provided with the necessary resources to protect their health and safety.
    7. I would commit to working with community members to ensure that they are informed of any lead contamination and the steps being taken to address it.
    8. I would commit to working with community members to ensure that they have access to safe drinking water.
    9. I would commit to working with community members to ensure that they are “educated” on the health risks associated with lead contamination and how to reduce their exposure.
    10. I would commit to working with community members to ensure that they are “provided” with the necessary resources to protect their health and safety.

Candidates listed below have refused to respond

Appoquinimink

Raymond Joseph Petkevis (At Large)

Brandywine

Shanika Perry (District A)

Ralph G. Ackerman (District C)

Colonial

Ronald D. Handy Sr (District A)

Smyrna

Bobbi Jo Webber (At Large)

Marie Fontaine St Pierre (At Large)

Caesar Rodney

Emily Phelan (At Large)

Capital

Sean P.M. Christiansen (At Large)

Lake Forest

Jordan McCloskey (At Large)

Milford

Victor “Butch” Elzey III (District A)

Jennifer Massotti (District B)

Ashlee Connell (At Large)

Cape Henlopen

Shawn L. Lovenguth (District A)

Delmar

Shane Bowden (At Large)

Dawn M. Turner (At Large)

Indian River

Dr Michael R Bellerose (District 2)

Ivan D. Neal (District 2)

Leolga T. Wright (District 3)

Laurel

Sabrina Isler (At Large)

Ivy Bonk (At Large)

Seaford

David Tull (At Large)

Armore Rice (At Large)

Woodbridge

Jeffrey W. Allen (At Large)

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