• Jennifer Butler

  • Former Naval officer and architect Jennifer Butler is running for school board to help the district, students, and families recover from COVID and thrive. She is the vice president of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, a volunteer with the Minter Creek PTA, and was a volunteer chair for Stand Up for Peninsula Schools, which helped pass the 2019 bond for school funding to bring four new elementary schools to Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula.

    With all the difficulties of the pandemic for students and families, Butler is strongly advocating for flexible emotional and academic support systems. She states that increased counseling services, opportunities for individualized education programs (IEPs), and school-based coordinators are needed to help parents and kids navigate these times. She states clearly that the school board should prioritize in-person learning while following the statewide mask mandate, which safeguards the health of staff, students, and families. Butler wants to provide accountability and communications from the school board to families and establish a formal mentorship program to pair students with local volunteers who want to help students succeed.

    Her opponent is Linda Ader, who states that she is a former environmental consultant. Ader is pushing a far-right conspiracy that aims to remove accurate, historical discussions from schools, depriving kids of the opportunity to have age-appropriate discussions and honest reckoning with the nation's past. She states that efforts to provide equity and inclusion measures for students could teach them that their country is bad. Ader refused to provide evidence for these divisive claims when questioned by the Tacoma News Tribune in July. In a recent October interview, Ader states that many of the district's challenges around infrastructure, vocational options, and internet access have been addressed, and the rest of her campaign will continue to focus on turning schools into a battleground on the topics of history and health education.

    Butler's education experience and advocacy for all students make her the clear choice in this race. We recommend Jennifer Butler for Peninsula School Board Director, District 2.

    Former Naval officer and architect Jennifer Butler is running for school board to help the district, students, and families recover from COVID and thrive. She is the vice president of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, a volunteer with the Minter Creek PTA, and was a volunteer chair for Stand Up for Peninsula Schools, which helped pass the 2019 bond for school funding to bring four new elementary schools to Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula.

    With all the difficulties of the pandemic for students and families, Butler is strongly advocating for flexible emotional and academic support systems. She states that increased counseling services, opportunities for individualized education programs (IEPs), and school-based coordinators are needed to help parents and kids navigate these times. She states clearly that the school board should prioritize in-person learning while following the statewide mask mandate, which safeguards the health of staff, students, and families. Butler wants to provide accountability and communications from the school board to families and establish a formal mentorship program to pair students with local volunteers who want to help students succeed.

    Her opponent is Linda Ader, who states that she is a former environmental consultant. Ader is pushing a far-right conspiracy that aims to remove accurate, historical discussions from schools, depriving kids of the opportunity to have age-appropriate discussions and honest reckoning with the nation's past. She states that efforts to provide equity and inclusion measures for students could teach them that their country is bad. Ader refused to provide evidence for these divisive claims when questioned by the Tacoma News Tribune in July. In a recent October interview, Ader states that many of the district's challenges around infrastructure, vocational options, and internet access have been addressed, and the rest of her campaign will continue to focus on turning schools into a battleground on the topics of history and health education.

    Butler's education experience and advocacy for all students make her the clear choice in this race. We recommend Jennifer Butler for Peninsula School Board Director, District 2.

    Jennifer Butler

    Former Naval officer and architect Jennifer Butler is running for school board to help the district, students, and families recover from COVID and thrive.

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