Name: Jillian Gilchrest
Family information: Live with my husband and 2 children, ages 4 and 17 months, on Fern Street in West Hartford.
Occupation, if applicable:
Other Experience: Co-Chair of West Hartford’s Great by 8, Masters in Social Work with a focus in Policy Practice, Early Care and Education Policy Analyst
Why did you run for office?
As the daughter of two public school teachers and now the mom to two young children, I am running for Board of Education to ensure that our teachers receive the support they need so all of our children receive a quality education and our town continues to thrive.
If elected, what would be your primary areas of focus?
I will focus on the implementation of the common core standards, the construction and marketing of the new Charter Oak School, expanding access to quality pre-k, and ensuring open communication between schools and families.
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing West Hartford today?
I think we should always be aware of and focused on closing the achievement gap and ensuring that all West Hartford children receive a quality education.What skills do you have that you could bring to the community?
I am a great listener and collaborator and have experience as a community organizer and advocate. These skills help me to engage people in the policy process, taking their interests, ideas, and experiences and translating that into effective policy solutions.