Gregory Tepe

District: Lancaster School Trustee Area 3
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

I loved drawing as a kid, especially animals and nature. Art was something I was good at and it helped me to observe the world around me in detail. I loved being outdoors and drawing the animals I saw. As I got older I won a drawing contest for Ranger Rick Magazine and a TShirt design contest for the City of Lancaster. This gave me inspiration and confidence that has carried over to other areas in my life. I now teach art to my own kids and the students in my classroom.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

Art , Music, and Performing Arts need to be implemented back into the curriculum. These areas are critical for expanding creative and critical thinking in our students.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

Insisting that extra curricular activities and the arts are included in our district plan and are goals for our district at each level of planning and implementation.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

Including a discussion of the Arts in our planning and development and making it a high priority.