Kristine Caalim, Virginia Beach School Board At-Large
1. Why are you running for office?
Virginia Beach School Board
2. Why should people vote for you?
I am a parent of a daughter who is in the gifted program and a son who is overcoming life-threatening disabilities. I possess an understanding for the need of balance in the classroom with many children with different learning abilities. I strongly believe our school board needs to reflect our community and, if elected, I will bring the aspect of a parent to the table. I have spent many years working with non-partisan organizations changing policy and achieving goals to help our community thrive.
3. What’s your favorite thing about the area you want to represent?
My favorite area I would like to represent is the perspective as a parent during the decision-making process.
4. What is the biggest problem your area is facing, how will you fix it?
Our schools are thriving, and Virginia Beach students outperform others when it comes to standardized test scores. However, our schools always have room for improvement. I see that the biggest challenges today are preparing our students for adulthood. Many of my peers who attended college came home to work at jobs that did not require their degree or skills learned in college. I want our students to be successful in the long run and be aware of the continued use of technology and adaptability to the economic climate. Technology is tomorrow’s opportunities. Parent engagement is vital to children success and we must strengthen the parent and teacher relationship.
5. Describe Donald Trump in max 3 words?
The Republican nominee
6. Describe Hillary Clinton in max 3 words?
The Democratic nominee
7. What do you do for a living? Why do you do it?
I own and operate a M & E Shuttle Services LLC and love what I do . I love supporting our veterans by providing transportation to work .
9. What do you think of Colin Kaepernick?
He is a passionate person .
10. Would you vote to fund light rail expansion in your area?
Light rail is not a school board issue.
11. Will you respect the outcome of the election?
Yes, we must deliver what the people want.
12. Favorite TV Show?
The Voice and Dancing with the Stars