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Tanya Kerns

Learn more about Tanya's stances below.

  • Tanya Kerns

  • About Tanya

  • New Castle
  • Colonial School District
  • District G
  • Born and raised in Delaware, Tanya attended Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville, Delaware. She continued her education at Goldey Beacom College where she earned a BS degree in Accounting and an AS degree in Computer Information Systems. Tanya also earned an MBA degree in Management Information Systems from Wilmington University. After college, Tanya began her accounting career at a day care and head start program in New Castle County, Delaware. While accounting was her chosen career, Tanya realized while working at the head start program that public education and community service were her passions. Tanya pursued her passions by becoming a mentor to college accounting majors and volunteering with various educational programs throughout New Castle County. Her volunteer experience includes Assistant Coach - William Penn High School Girls Varsity Basketball; YMCA Coach, elementary, middle school and state PTA; and New Castle County Head Start Board and Policy Council. As a retired accountant, Tanya is now using her skills to build relationships and improve the quality of education for all students. Here is a summary of her education and experience:
    • Community Service:
    o Vice President, Citizens Financial Oversight Committee, Colonial School District, 2020 - Present
    o Board member, Wilmington Children’s Chorus, 2020 - Present
    o IRS Certified Tax Preparer, Nehemiah Gateway DE EITC Campaign, 2006- Present
    o Treasurer, Kings Croft Civic Association, 1990- Present
    • Education:
    o MBA Management Information Systems, Wilmington University, 2013
    o AS Computer Information Systems, Goldey-Beacom College, 1984
    o BS Accounting, Goldey-Beacom College, 1981
    • Work Experience Non-Profit (Accounting and IT):
    o Amtrak, Manager Budgets/Financial Analysis, 2005-2018 (Retired)
    o Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County, Chief Financial Officer, 1992 – 2004
    o New Castle County Head Start, Finance Director, 1981-1984
    • Work Experience For-Profit (Accounting and IT):
    o Kerns Tax & Accounting Services, Owner, 2020-Present
    o Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS), Financial Reporting/Controller, 1986-1992
    o C & J Clark America, Accountant, 1981-1986

  • Candidate Questions

  • Equity means the ability to adjust resources and support based on the needs of the population served. In education, equity refers to ensuring that every student receives the resources and support necessary to achieve their educational goals.

  • Equitable distribution of budgets and resources is important to promote fairness and equal opportunity to all students. Some steps I would take to ensure equitable distribution are 1) Look at teacher assignments and student-to-teacher ratios in each school for disparities in resource distribution. 2) Look at the demographics for each school, poverty rates and achievement levels. 3) Look at the unique needs of each school and student population. 4) Develop equitable funding formulas that are flexible 5) include stakeholders (teachers, parents, students and board members) in the discussion, decision making and review processes.

  • The steps I would take to address systemic issues and create a more inclusive school culture are 1) form a team of stakeholders to develop policies and monitor progress, 2) review current practices to identify gaps and establish the need for change 3) develop a clear vision centered around desired outcomes 4) provide education opportunities to students and families focused on the different cultures within our community.

  • Balancing school safety with the adoption of restorative practices is extremely important. I would focus on the following areas to achieve this balance. 1) Collaboration – include all stakeholders in decision making. 2) Prevention and early intervention– look for ways to prevent conflict and address issues early 3) Set and enforce clear behavior expectations and consequences for students to understand. 4) implement safety measures such as emergency drills and school cameras.

  • Yes, I do believe all students have the right to read and learn free from viewpoint-based censorship. This is a right covered under the first amendment.

  • Yes, I absolutely support this statement because schools play a crucial role in creating safe places where all students can learn. Schools should always promote inclusiveness, understanding and acceptance to prevent bullying and foster growth.

  • Yes, I support a school district-wide policy that affirms the rights and full inclusion of LGBTQ+ children and staff. This type of policy is essential for creating a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment where everyone can thrive. By establishing such a policy, we promote a stronger sense of community and ensure that every student and staff member feels valued and respected.

  • Addressing bullying and discrimination in schools is necessary when creating a safe school environment. I would take the following steps to address these issues 1) educate students, staff and parents about the harmful effects 2) establish clear policies and confidential reporting methods 3) train staff on how to recognize and address these issues 4) provide counseling services 5) offer an inclusive/diverse curriculum 6) monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of current programs.

  • Improving opportunities for families, especially those from historically marginalized communities, to be a part of the decision-making process is important. Some strategies I would pursue include 1) offer family engagement events such as parent universities and workshops, 2) inclusive outreach efforts to make certain marginalized communities are contacted 3) establish PTA programs in every school 4) establish regular communication lines with families such as email, newsletters and conferences that provide families the opportunity to voice their concerns, ideas and aspirations.

  • Yes, I believe Delaware’s schools need more teacher and administrator diversity because diversity helps to create an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Diversity brings unique perspectives, cultural competence and role models for students.

  • As a school board member, addressing lead in our school district’s water is crucial to the health and safety of students and staff. I would commit to the following steps to address this issue 1) increased cleaning, testing and monitoring of all fixtures 2) infrastructure improvements such as replacing water fountains, faucets and other parts that contain lead. 3) install and maintain certified lead removing filters on all faucets used for cooking and drinking. 4) seek funding through grants, federal programs and community partners. 5) educate and communicate with stakeholders about the risks of lead exposure and what we are doing to reduce the risks of lead exposure.

  • Delaware's funding formula is unit based, over 70 years old, not flexible and does not account for the needs of all students. Local funding is based on local property taxes and as a result wealthier school districts generate more local revenue. Delaware's funding system should be overhauled to address several areas including 1) equitable funding - funds are distributed to districts and schools based on specific student needs including disabilities, economically disadvantage backgrounds and English Language learners. 2) more transparency - less complicated funding distribution formulas 3) increase in funding level.

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