WOBURN, MA — Woburn could have plenty of contested races within the Nov. 2 municipal election, together with a six-candidate race for 5 seats on the Woburn College Committee.

Woburn Patch requested candidates to reply questions on their campaigns and will probably be publishing candidate profiles over the approaching weeks.

Incumbent Andrew Lipsett is working for re-election to the College Committee, dealing with Shaun O’Keeffe and fellow incumbents Patricia Chisholm, Colleen Cormier, Christopher Kisiel and Michael Mulrenan.

Lipsett is a highschool historical past trainer and was first elected to the College Committee in 2019.

Are you working for workplace in Woburn? Contact Christopher Huffaker at [email protected] for info on being featured in a candidate profile and submitting marketing campaign bulletins to Woburn Patch.


Emily Lipsett, spouse
Two kids, an eight-year-old (third-grader on the Malcolm White) and a three-year-old.

Does anybody in your loved ones work in politics or authorities?

My spouse Emily serves as a trustee of the Woburn Public Library.


BA, Sarah Lawrence School, 2000
MA Historical past, College of Toronto, 2005
MA Instructing, Simmons School, 2010


Excessive College Historical past Instructor, 13 years expertise

Earlier or Present Elected or Appointed Workplace

Woburn College Committee, 2020-present

Marketing campaign web site


Why are you looking for elective workplace?

I am looking for re-election to Woburn’s College Committee as a result of I am dedicated to our children, to our neighborhood, and to the facility and promise of public schooling. The work we have been making an attempt to do was interrupted by the COVID pandemic and I need to proceed that vital work whilst we enter a brand new section of this public well being disaster. I need to proceed to deliver an on-the-ground perspective to the Committee, and a spotlight and dedication to our college students and households who could not all the time have a voice in our faculties or our politics.

The only most urgent challenge dealing with our (board, district, and so forth.) is _______, and that is what I intend to do about it.

Sadly, probably the most urgent challenge continues to be mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with its impact on the well-being and tutorial achievement of our college students. The pandemic confirmed us clearly the place lots of our gaps are, so supporting the varsity administration in its makes an attempt to shut fairness gaps and supply further helps for susceptible college students stays highest on my precedence listing.

What are the important variations between you and the opposite candidates looking for this publish?

I hope that my very own experiences as a mum or dad of a present WPS pupil (considered one of solely two at the moment on the Committee) and as a trainer (I’m the one present member who works in schooling straight) give me a capability to see the entire image, each from our 5,000 foot view as Committee members and when it comes to what is occurring on the bottom in our faculties day by day.

How do you assume native officers carried out in responding to the coronavirus? What if something would you will have accomplished otherwise?

On steadiness, and limiting my solutions to the actions of the Woburn Public Faculties, I am pleased with how we’ve got responded. The district was in a position to mobilize to supply requirements like meals instantly upon closure in March of 2020, and to plot a system of getting laptops into the fingers of each pupil shortly in order that we may have interaction with our children that spring. Through the 2020-2021 college 12 months we have been in a position to keep away from any main outbreaks whereas additionally growing our household and neighborhood engagement to succeed in households who have been struggling in quite a lot of methods.

Our academics and workers labored tirelessly beneath troublesome situations to do proper by our children whether or not they have been studying in-person, hybrid, or nearly. The investments we had made in our system even earlier than the pandemic — content material specialists, social-emotional help workers, weekly artwork and music — proved to be important in our successes, regardless of some pushback as we tried to create these positions in earlier budgets. Whereas I’ve loads of criticism of the state-level responses on the subject of schooling, I’m grateful to our workforce for his or her management throughout this disaster.

Describe the opposite points that outline your marketing campaign platform.

  • Increasing entry to earlier than and after college care by means of the Woburn Public Faculties: COVID confirmed us the diploma tow which households depend on faculties for plenty of issues, together with childcare. We have to be sure that we will present choices for any household that wants them, each earlier than and after college, to help working mother and father who may lack alternate options.
  • Constructing our helps for susceptible college students: Woburn’s low-income inhabitants, English Learner inhabitants, and inhabitants of colour are rising, and we want to have the ability to modify our techniques and add helps to ensure we’re delivering real fairness to college students who want further help and workers. We additionally must proceed work to deal with companies for our college students with disabilities, each when it comes to accessibility and help.
  • Capital planning: we’ve got a chance with our most up-to-date finances to create an actual long-term funding plan for our buildings, together with trying towards future progress and the wants of our preschool and getting older buildings.
  • State-level advocacy: this 12 months has proven us much more clearly that we’re not an island, and that we have to proceed to have interaction with state decision-makers as a Committee. This contains persevering with our sturdy relationship with Woburn’s state legislators, and changing into extra energetic in our communications with DESE, with the Governor’s workplace, and with the general public on what sort of state schooling coverage finest serves our college students.

Christopher Huffaker might be reached at 412-265-8353 or [email protected]