Student Leadership Personified: Part 2

Target 2. Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment – FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community.

This is the second post featuring our student school board representatives (see first post here).

Providing students with opportunities to lead is one of the central emphases of the FWSU Action Plan. All of our schools have numerous examples and in future postings we will highlight as many of them as we can. But today will focus on our second Fairfax School Board Student Representative, Olivia Coon.

Olivia Coon

Olivia is in her first year of service on the Board and has emerged as a strong advocate for her peers as they engage in digital-age learning. We had the opportunity to speak with Olivia about her experiences.

1. Can you tell us why you were interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board? 

I was interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board because I want my classmates to have a voice on topics being discussed during board meetings, and I felt that I could do that! 

2. What have you learned?

I’ve learned so much! For example the school budget – I didn’t realize how much it costs to run a school.

3. What advice would you give to other students who may want to serve? 

The advice I’d give is if you really want to do this then you really need to be involved in school activities. You need to know what is going on in school. Just knowing about sports isn’t going to cut it.

4. What excites you most about education at BFA?

The new technology, of course! But also the behind-the-scenes stuff. Being on the school board really makes me appreciate everyone who puts forth so much effort into helping us!

5. What do your friends think of your service?

They either have no idea what the school board is or they will ask me questions about what is going on at the school board level. 

We are proud that our students have a strong voice on the school board!

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