Two more enter race for school board

Dahle and Tevelow join Watson

one seat open

Howard County

Election 2002

July 02, 2002|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

Two new candidates - one a retired Anne Arundel County teacher and the other a frequent school system critic - have decided to join the race for a seat on the Howard County Board of Education being vacated by school board Chairwoman Jane B. Schuchardt.

Columbia resident Tim Dahle and Barry Tevelow of Dayton recently filed to run. Courtney Watson of Ellicott City announced her intention to seek the seat in April.

Dahle, 53, was a technology education teacher in Anne Arundel County schools for 31 years. That experience in a neighboring district, Dahle says, gives him a fresh perspective he thinks will be beneficial to Howard schools.

"Traditionally, superintendents and others in leadership positions in school systems are generally brought into the system from other areas rather than from inside the structure of a particular school system," Dahle said, adding that outside experience brings "fresh ideas and a new motivation to the system."

A county resident for six years, Dahle said he has paid close attention to Howard County school issues and has become increasingly interested in five areas: closing the achievement gap, underachieving schools, crowded schools, equity and, especially, vocational-technical issues.

"Howard County has done a sensational job of preparing college-bound students to enter some of the best colleges in the country," he said. "[But] there is a large and growing number of students who represent those who will enter the world of work upon graduation from high school, and need to be prepared to meet the demands of that environment."

Dahle said Howard County should open a vocational educational center for those students, and establish partnerships with businesses to help with the center.

"This will ensure that students are adequately prepared to enter apprenticeship programs with strong placement activities," Dahle said. "Our job is to meet the needs of all students in Howard County."

Dahle, who is married to Westminster High School English teacher Myra Dahle, is the owner-instructor of Dahle Kung Fu and Tai Chi School in Columbia. He has three grown children.

Tevelow, 43, has been a school system gadfly for several years, calling school board members on the carpet over such issues as open meetings, involving the public more in school system operations, and fiscal responsibility.

"Accountability, leadership, fiscal responsibility," are the issues most pressing the school system, he said. If those areas aren't being handled correctly, Tevelow said, it's easy to see how that could lead to other concerns, such as the achievement gap and low teacher salaries.

"These are complex issues," Tevelow said, adding that he has "pages of solutions that I plan on detailing and expounding on during the course of the campaign."

A county resident for 18 years, Tevelow has operated a small computer business for 20 years.

Tevelow is married to Carla Tevelow - executive director of Teen Community Forum, a non-profit organization that sponsors student conferences, concerts, forums on teen issues and the student-assembled High School Views. They have a daughter entering eighth grade at Glenwood Middle School and a son entering 10th grade at Glenelg High School.

Tevelow has been a PTA member for the past 10 years. He has been a mentor to more than a dozen students from Wilde Lake, Long Reach, Atholton, River Hill and Mount Hebron high schools.

"I believe an educated public is the cornerstone of a strong democracy," Tevelow said. "I believe it is important that each child be given the opportunity to reach their potential."

Watson, 39, has become involved in many school matters over the past several years. She helped launch the push for a new northeast elementary school, stronger development-control laws and a 12th high school in the county.

Watson, who has three children in Howard's schools, says she is passionate about closing achievement gaps. She is vice president for marketing for an Ellicott City insurance agency.

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