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Amy Trauth

Learn more about Amy's stances below.

  • Amy Trauth

  • About Amy

  • New Castle
  • Christina School District
  • District D
  • I’m a fierce advocate of public education and a parent of two children who graduated from Delaware public schools. Professionally, I am former middle and high school science teacher. I completed my doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, which has afforded me opportunities to work with and for aspiring and veteran teachers.

    As a University of Delaware professional, I worked in nearly every school district in Delaware, helping science teachers make sense of and enact new state standards. I’ve also taught courses in education and supervised aspiring teachers in their student teaching placements. Now I work for a nonprofit as an education researcher. I study K12 and postsecondary STEM learning environments and effective practices in teacher education. I hope if I'm elected, I can serve the community and support the district in meeting the needs of students and educators.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Equity means all students have access to high quality, rigorous opportunities to learn and grow. Every student should receive adequate, fair, caring treatment that meets their unique needs as learners. This does not mean that every student is treated the same or receives exactly the same set of resources. Equality in resource distribution is not the same thing as equity. As a group, students are heterogeneous. That means resources should be distributed in ways that meet their heterogeneous needs.

  • As a school board candidate, I'm dedicated to fair and transparent budgeting. I'll ensure resources are distributed based on student needs and use data to inform decisions. Community engagement will be key, with clear communication about budget proposals and updates. Accountability measures with metrics and benchmarks can be used to track effectiveness and efficiency. Together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive school system.

  • As a school board member, my focus will be ensuring equitable access to education supports and resources for all students. This involves assessing needs, allocating resources appropriately, providing ongoing professional development to educators on cultural competency, fostering community engagement in schools, expanding student support services, revising district policies when needed, and implementing monitoring and accountability measures. The goal is to create inclusive school cultures where every student feels valued and empowered to succeed.

  • Students and educators have the right to safety and security in schools. It’s a necessary component of an effective learning environment. Supporting district policies that are in place to safeguard students and educator is crucial. You’ll also note below that I support restorative discipline and positive behavior interventions and supports, both of which have evidence to support their efficacy. Keeping in school students who might be experiencing social or emotional difficulties is important so long as they are not an imminent danger to themselves or others. Students cannot learn when they have an out of school suspension. These are often the same students who are already experiencing academic difficulty. Helping students to the maximum extent possible regain entry into the school community is essential for their academic success.

  • The First Amendment ensures the right to freedom of speech and expression, including academic freedom within education institutions. Censoring curriculum content based on the objections of a specific group infringes upon this fundamental constitutional right. Shielding students from certain topics or viewpoints out of fear of controversy or disagreement only serves to promote ignorance. Education is about confronting challenging ideas, encouraging debate, and empowering students to think critically about the world around them. Exposing students to a variety of viewpoints, even those that may be controversial or challenging, is essential for cultivating active participation in a democratic society. Every student has the right to curricula that reflect the diversity of our society and fosters inclusivity. Schools have a responsibility to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. By doing any less, we risk marginalizing certain voices and perpetuating a homogenous worldview that fails to prepare students for the complexities of the real world.

  • Yes, I support this statement. Per state and federal law, every student, regardless of identity or status has the right to quality education. We live in a democratic society. Democracy requires inclusivity in schools; this is not just a moral imperative but a practical necessity. Public schools serve as a societal cornerstone, shaping the minds and characters of future generations. It’s essential that schools reflect the diverse tapestry of humanity and provide an environment where every student feels valued, respected, and supported.

  • Yes, absolutely. Christina School District has a policy in place that protects and affirms the safety, security, and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students (Section 2000, Policy #2.27). The district has also adopted a policy with clearly outlined process for addressing sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence (Section 2000, Policy #2.32). I will support the district in enforcing these policies to protect LGBTQ+ students and staff.

  • Continuing the initiatives that began before or during the COVID-19 pandemic related to social and emotional learning (SEL) is essential for supporting students in learning how to regulate their emotions and how to communicate with peers and adults. Research has shown that school-based SEL programs, when used in tandem with core subjects, have a positive impact on students\' emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance, which contributes to an overall positive and safe school environment. Many of our schools already use positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and/or restorative practices to help students develop positive behaviors and improve outcomes in all areas. Reinforcing their use can help make schools safe, caring places for all students to learn.

  • Ensuring a seat at the table for parents and guardians of students who reflect the diversity of the district is crucial. This means advocating for family voices on committees, in public forums, and getting feedback on policies that will affect their children. Where possible, I will advocate for family representation on committees where these decisions are made.

  • Absolutely, yes. Our state’s educator workforce should reflect the diversity of the student population. Students deserve to have teachers who match their race, ethnicity, and culture. Research has shown that students thrive when they have role models who look like them and share similar experiences outside of school. Students perform better academically, have better attendance, and collectively have fewer discipline problems. There is also evidence that having at least one teacher in elementary grades that matches a student’s race and ethnicity reduces the probability that they will drop out of high school. In reality, all students benefit from a diverse educator workforce because they learn from adults who don’t share the same backgrounds and experiences, thus providing a more realistic education that reflects what they’ll experience as adults.

  • It’s unfortunate that lead was found in drinking water in Delaware schools, but it’s not surprising. Many students attend classes in aging school buildings. The recent influx of ESSER funds notwithstanding, districts often do not have enough money for major or minor capital improvements. As a board member, I would collaborate with district facilities staff to ensure water filters are properly installed and maintained in school buildings. I will also advocate for regular water testing that is accurate and thorough. The fact that we have this problem in aging schools is a reflection of an education funding system that needs reform.

  • I was a member of the study team who conducted the recent assessment of Delaware public school funding. As a result, I have a robust understanding of findings in the report and the recommendations for improving school funding. As a citizen of the state, I intend to continue to advocate for a public school funding system that is transparent, equitable, and adequate enough to meet students’ needs without being overly burdensome on taxpayers or too inflexible for districts to maximize their use to do the most good for students.

Candidates listed below have yet to respond

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Timothy W. Johns (At Large)

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Jason Heller (District G)

Christina

Matt Clifford (District D)

Colonial

Robin Crossan (District G)

Caesar Rodney

Jessica Marelli (At Large)

Lake Forest

David W. Mazur (At Large)

Sarah R. Starkey (At Large)

Milford

Jennifer Massotti (District B)

Smyrna

Christopher T. Scuse (At Large)

Cape Henlopen

Alison J. Myers (At Large)

Janet E. Maull-Martin (District C)

Delmar

Russell R. Smart (At Large)

Dawn M. Turner (At Large)

Indian River

Lisa Hudson Briggs (District 1)

Kelly Kline (District 1)

Mark L. Steele (District 3)

Joshua W. Hudson (District 4)

Anita West-Werner (District 4)

Derek E. Cathell (District 5)

Kim Law Taylor (District 5)

Laurel

Kim Ralph (At Large)

Seaford

Dara Laws Savage (At Large)

Woodbridge

John Campbell (At Large)

Brian Swain (At Large)

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