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Endorsements

Michael Rothfeld - Veterans Volunteer and Educator

I support and endorse Kelly Barrera for District 4 School Board Seat both as an educator with 35 years teaching in a Brooklyn High School and as a volunteer with the St. Johns County Veterans Council where I serve as Secretary.

In 2015 the Veterans Council was looking for a way to have local Vietnam veterans meet and speak with county high school students. The Council contacted Kelly and she put us in touch with Travis Brown, the history curriculum coordinator and we all worked together to make this happen. Under Kelly’s leadership the Veterans Council bussed in 11th grade students from 5 county high schools and what resulted was in the words of Dr. Joyner, “The best program I’ve seen since I’ve been here”. Five local Vietnam veterans met, spoke with and answered questions about their service. The students were engaged and asked many pertinent questions. It was a great day to be an American and be proud of our students. Thank you Kelly for making this happen.

This year we asked Kelly Barrera to help the Veterans Council learn about the high school history curriculum as it pertains to the Vietnam War. Kelly put us together with Laura Wynn, Curriculum Specialist, Secondary Social Studies. What resulted was again a huge success, the largest turnout in membership for the Council in several years. The Vietnam veterans in the audience were satisfied that their sacrifices will be remembered accurately by county students. Sitting in the audience was Kelly Barrera giving her encouragement and support to veterans.

This is why I support and endorse Kelly Barrera for District 4 School Board Seat.

Michael Rothfeld
Veterans volunteer
Educator

Dr. Christine C. Arab - Chair of the Schultz Board and former St. Johns County educator

Kelly Barrera has earned my respect and appreciation as a member of the St. Johns County School Board and as a representative to the Schultz Board, a non-profit organization providing professional development to the educators of Northeast Florida and the State of Florida.  In my role as Chair of the Schultz Board, I have found Ms. Barrera to be an educator, a leader and an exceptional public servant.  She thoughtfully engages with others, considers the public policy implications of decisions taken and always puts her best analysis of the needs of students, parents and teachers at the forefront.

As a former educator in St. Johns County, I am well acquainted with the work of the school board and the extraordinary effort it takes to represent all of the county’s students with integrity and honesty.  I confidently endorse Kelly Barrera for election to another term and look forward to my continued association with her on behalf of the educators and students of our region…she will continue to serve with integrity and honesty.

Christine C. Arab, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Pam Mullarkey Robbins - Founder Project SOS, a program of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and Past St Johns County School Board Member, District 4

As a former District 4, St. Johns County School Board member and educator, I want to let you know why Kelly Barrera is an excellent school board member and worthy of your vote.

EXPERIENCE:

New board members must learn an enormous amount of information because of the multifaceted responsibilities of running a school district. This takes atleast 2 years to comprehend.Kelly has four years of experience and doesn’t need to go through a learning curve to continue the successful work she has already accomplished.

GROWTH:

St. Johns County’s tremendous growth is one major reason to keep Kelly in her position for four more years. She has overseen building schools, renovating existing ones and planning for future growth in the fastest growing county in Florida.

PRIORITIES:

Students are always Kelly’s first-priority, whether it is their school safety, academics, character, vocational skills or mental and emotional health; she isand always will bea CHAMPION for the students

REPUTATION:

Kelly is an honorable woman with an impeccable reputation. She has received many honors and awards because of her commitment to helping others and leading with integrity.

BUSINESS:

Kelly’s degree in business has helped her oversee a $315 million-dollar annual school district budget for the past four years. By prioritizing the classrooms, she has helped St. Johns County become a national leader in allocating 97% of theannual budget into schools and only 3% going into administration!

Please vote for Kelly Barrera, District 4 School Board Member, on August 28th tokeep St. Johns on TOP!

 

Dr. Frances B. Kinne - Past President and Chancellor Emerita Jacksonville University

It is a pleasure for me to provide very complimentary words in support of Kelly Barrera of the St. Johns County School Board, District 4.  As an educator over many decades, it is always exciting for me to identify a very talented supporter of Education. 

I have known Kelly Barrera since she herself was a student.  Both her growth and development have been outstanding, and the depth of her experience speaks for itself.  Her amazing background provides unusual and priceless association in the entire field of Education.  From the very beginning, her leadership has been outstanding.  Of note is her amazing ability to respond to the growth and development of the various schools, as they are a significant part to the new demands of new schools. 

Of note should be Kelly Barrera’s background in Business Management.  It is quite unusual to note the superb ability so important in her field.  It has been very gratifying to follow the fascinating and outstanding career for Kelly Barrera.  Her enthusiasm is a vital part of her delightful personality.  In fact, she really is priceless in any fields she pursues.  The St. Johns County School Board is very fortunate to be blessed with the involvement of Kelly Barrera. 

Sincerely,

Frances Bartlett Kinne, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Joseph Joyner - Flagler College President and past Superintendent St. Johns County School District

Former St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner has endorsed Kelly Barrera’s bid for re-election as the District 4 representative to the county school board.

Now president of Flagler College, Joyner served as superintendent of the St. Johns County School System for 14 years, retiring in January 2017. Under his leadership, St. Johns County was routinely ranked as the top-rated school district in the state of Florida.

“There is no question in my mind that the re-election of Kelly Barrera is essential to the continued success of the St. Johns County School District,” Joyner said in his endorsement. “I have worked with many board members in my 40 years in public education and Kelly Barrera is one of the finest.”

Joyner praised Barrera for her passion and commitment to improving the educational experience for all students.

“Kelly has been a fierce advocate for the students and parents in her community, questioning the status quo to ensure all decisions are made in the best interest of children,” Joyner said of Barrera, whose district includes Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee, Palencia and parts of St. Augustine. “She has also been a true servant leader and a compassionate listener during her time on the School Board….It is an honor to give my highest endorsement to Kelly Barrera in her re-election to the St. Johns County School Board.”

Barrera said she was both humbled and grateful for Joyner’s strong endorsement.

“Dr. Joyner is one of the most respected educational leaders in the state of Florida – his record of helping students achieve academic excellence speaks for itself,” she said. “It was an honor and a privilege to have served on the School Board during his tenure and to carry on his legacy of excellence as the board’s current vice chair. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard every day to ensure that the St. Johns County School District continues to offer our children the very best possible education, and remains a model for the state of Florida.”

A Ponte Vedra Beach resident for more than 25 years, Barrera is a graduate of Jacksonville University, where she was the first female graduate of the aviation program. She and her husband, Gil Barrera, are the parents of two adult children, both of whom have attended and volunteered in the local schools and community.

 

 

 

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