My name is Ross Gordon and I live in Titusville with my wife Meghan and two sons; Myles, who is 4 years old and Lincoln, who is 4 months old. We moved to Hopewell Township five years ago, and have felt welcomed since day one. We love living here and I’m excited at the prospect of making a positive contribution to my community.
I am a graduate of Rutgers University and have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. I teach 7th grade social studies in Willingboro, and have previous experience as a Pre-K teacher.
Joining the school board is a way I can use my experience for the benefit of our community. I would promote a forward-thinking, all-inclusive education for all types of learners, from all backgrounds. It is important to give our children the chance to follow their interests and passions, taking into account all different learning styles, abilities, and types of intelligences.
The major issue confronting our district at the moment is the need for a safe and effective educational environment for all students, teachers, and staff. The impact of COVID-19 on our schools, and consequently on our budget, will create challenges that we must meet to ensure that ALL of our children have the resources they need for remote learning. We must provide our teachers with adequate training, along with appropriate technology for remote instruction. We will need to take measures to ensure that each person physically present within our school buildings is safe. Because there will be important budget decisions to be made, we will need to review each line item to make sure that the impact does not disproportionately burden our most vulnerable students.
I am fortunate to be running for this position with two strong women who share my values and ideals. More information about our slate is available on our Facebook page @DGWG4HVRSD. You can find links on that page to our weekly Zoom information sessions, usually scheduled on Thursday evenings. I look forward to virtually “meeting” some of you there so we can discuss the important work of the HVRSD school board, and we can answer your questions.