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Krista Vince Garland Seeks First Term on NT School Board
Krista Vince Garland is a professor in Exceptional Education at SUNY Buffalo State and was recruited to the western New York area in 2012 from Orlando. Before she moved to New York, Krista was a middle school education teacher. Her husband Dennis is a professor in Exceptional Education at Niagara University. Krista and her husband are homeowners in the second ward of North Tonawanda and have enjoyed learning about the history and resilience that unites residents of North Tonawanda. Both believe that NT is on the cusp of renaissance and are excited to be a part of that progress.
Krista believes that vigilance toward school safety and climate should be a top educational priority for the district. School safety is more complex today than ever and it is imperative that our schools are well-prepared for all kinds of safety incidents. There is a need for a continuous district-led effort that is protective, preventative, and proactive. This effort should be ongoing and never become a part of status-quo operations. The district has absolute responsibility to provide our schools with a system that immediately responds to student incidences and works to prevent crises before they occur. This is not an ‘ask’- it is an ‘absolute’ that must be effectively met.
Attending to a finically judicious budget that reconciles longer-term financial responsibility with positive student outcomes is another priority for Krista. Krista states that she is committed to collaborating with the district, city, businesses, and community services and states that she is comfortable in this arena, having strong experience in managing and directing numerous educational and research grants. Krista reports that she has gained skill in leadership over the last six years at Buffalo State as a College Senator, member of the College Budget and Staff Allocations Committee, College Curriculum Committee, and the Buffalo State Grant Allocations Committee.
Krista and her husband Dennis have been married for over 23 years and share their home with Dennis’s father and three dogs- Stella, Molly, and Lemon. Stella is a registered therapy dog. Krista and Stella volunteer service weekly at schools and skilled nursing facilities. Other areas of community service for Krista include volunteering with the Buffalo Polar Plunge, Special Olympics, Say Yes Buffalo, VOICE, CHANT, and Best Buddies. Krista has been endorsed by the North Tonawanda United Teachers (NTUT), and The Women’s Taking Action in Politics (TAP) Fund.