David Gertler announced he will be hosting science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) discussions with parents and homework help for students in science and math as part of his campaining efforts for a seat on the school board.
Gertler, who owns a technology consulting business, said "I think this is a great way to help our students with their math and science homework and hopefully inspire them to pursue careers in those fields."
The Ellicott City resident said he chose the tutoring approach over conventional campaigning such as door knocking and standing on the road waving in order to give back to kids.
"Even if I lose," said Gertler, "I can look back and say, 'look what my friends and I did, we helped kids with math and science. I hope it catches on.'"
Gertler, an adjunct professor at Towson University, has taken the semester off to focus on his campaign.
He finished fifth in the Board of Education primary election on April 3 with 24.2 percent of the vote. He came in behind incumbents Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Flynn Giles and newcomers Ann De Lacy and Jackie Scott.
The following tutoring sessions have been scheduled:
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. - noon @ Miller Branch Library
Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 - 4 p.m. @ Savage Branch Library
Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 - 4 p.m. @ Glenwood Branch Library
Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 - 4 p.m. @ Elkridge Branch Library
Note from Gertler: "We may move the start times for October so they don't overlap - it will depend on the number of students that register and the number of volunteers I have."
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