Thursday, October 7, 2010

Holy Proudfoot, Batman!

Looks like the law of unintended consequences is still in effect.  In response to a letter by former candidate David Thalheimer attacking David Proudfoot in the Flier, TWO letters came back supporting David's candidacy:

Proudfoot's credentials can withstand scrutiny that is fair

I was very disappointed to see former candidate Dave Thalheimer's letter to the editor, which grossly distorts the professional record of one of the best candidates running for Howard County Board of Education.

David Proudfoot was a teacher in Florida public schools for four years (six, if one were to include student teaching). During this time, David was also receiving his masters and doctorate in educational leadership. From 2004 to 2006, David worked as an assistant principal at Joan Walker Elementary, receiving overwhelmingly positive results in student achievement.

He moved back to his home state of Maryland in 2006 and served as assistant principal at Oliver Beach Elementary in Baltimore County, again surpassing achievement benchmarks that were set before him. In 2008, the Baltimore County Public School System appointed him to serve as assistant principal at Battle Grove Elementary. Despite Mr. Thalheimer's cursory review of the test scores from this school, Mr. Proudfoot has actually excelled at his new position, and has again shown improvement through the implementation of innovative teaching strategies and collaboration with parents.

It is unfortunate that a former candidate would take his experience in running for office and turn it into a campaign of sour grapes.

Tom Coale
Dorsey's Search

Board candidate brings welcome compassion and experience

I'd like to formally respond to the Sept. 30 letter to the editor about David Proudfoot. I recently met David Proudfoot when I reached out to him for support and advice on a difficult and delicate issue affecting my child, who is a student in Howard County schools. I found his support, his advice, and most especially his experience in the classroom and as an administrator, most helpful and enlightening.
I believe it takes this rare combination of insight and experience to make an effective member of our Board of Education.

Catherine Hyde