Lawrence Board of Education Profile: Patricia Hendricks Farmer

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Patricia Hendricks Farmer is a product of the Lawrence public school system. Given this fact, she thinks she is perfectly poised to bring positive change to the school district.

Read below to learn more about Hendricks Farmer and her platform for the upcoming elections in Lawrence.

Name – Patricia Hendricks Farmer

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought –

Lawrence Township School Board

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Bachelor’s, Journalism /Public Relations, Temple University

Lawrence High School

Occupation –

Business Associate , Princeton Montessori School

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Why are you seeking elective office?

Education has always been at the forefront of the Hendricks family tradition and is the primary reason why I’m running — to add my voice as a former student, parent and member of the community. I hope to responsibly manage the taxpayers funding of schools and advocate for education in our district that is representative of the community.

The single most pressing issue facing our school district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Social justice. I want to unite community and schools through curriculum and cultural partnerships.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I currently work in a school and have experience working with parents and community groups advocating for education. I’m a graduate of Lawrence High School and a lifelong member of the community.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)?

Hiring of teachers that represent the community

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

I am committed to providing support to parents as we together navigate the emotional and social health of our children in this changing educational environment.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

My business background in banking includes human resources, diversity and organizational development and mortgage lending. My private public school experience gives me a unique viewpoint on education.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

Your education can never be taken from you.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am committed to working with the community and school district to provide the students of Lawrence the best education possible.

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