Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Howard County Board of Education candidate David Gertler wants to help students with science, math and technology homework.
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…
Friday, March 16, 2012
This Ellicott City mathematician is running for the Howard County Board of Education for the second time.
Howard County Board of Education candidate David Gertler said he hopes students won't be the only ones doing their homework over the next few weeks and months. This is the Ellicott City resident's second time running for the board; he explained his electoral philosophy in anecdotes. "Last election, I was standing outside a high school handing out my fliers to people. Some of them would take the flier, look at it for a few seconds and then hand it back. On the way out, some of them would point to me and say, 'I voted for you!'" While he appreciates the votes, Gertler says he wishes people didn't rely on gimmicks or name recognition to make voting decisions. Every so often, while he was standing outside that polling place, someone would pass…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Teachers' association endorses three new faces for school board.
The Howard County Education Association (HCEA) announced the school board candidates it is endorsing in 2012, a list that does not include any of the three incumbents. "It is time for change," wrote Paul Lemle, president of HCEA, in a press release on March 13. Lemle said HCEA endorses Ann De Lacy of Columbia, David Gertler of Ellicott City and Jackie Scott of Columbia. All have experience as educators. HCEA, which represents more than 5,000 teachers and school staff in the county, said that it was not backing the incumbents who are running—Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles and Janet Siddiqui—for several reasons: