I asked each of the candidates (that I could find online) 3 questions. Here is the response from Dolores DiFillipo. To see more on this series, please visit the Lynn, MA School Committee 2011 Series.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? What on your resume or in your life experience makes you qualified for this office?
My name is Dolores Jean DiFillipo and I am currently a Candidate for Lynn School Committee. I am the daughter of Marylou Sousa Waters and Edmund F. Waters Jr. I am the youngest daughter of three. Most of my childhood was in East Boston until approximately 1972. This is when my aunt and uncle (The DiLiberti’s) moved to Lynn and purchased a home. I spent most of my summers and weekends at their home with my sisters. My love for the City of Lynn began at that time. We would spend most of our time at Lynn beach, shopping in downtown Lynn and enjoying the neighborhood lock parties off Eastern Ave. So it was only natural for me as an adult to come back to a city I had fallen in love with as a child and young adult.
I am the wife of Anthony “Tony” DiFillipo and the mother of our two children. Our family has been in the City of Lynn for over 100 years. We have a family business (Brickyard “50 club”) and own residential & commercial property in the City of Lynn. Our family has an investment in the City of Lynn. I currently hold a Masters in Education in Counseling & Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. I am employed by MGH-Revere & Revere High School as a Partnership. My role within the high school is to educate students and staff on ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs as well as Lifeskills Program for High Schools students). I am a Licensed Social Worker with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I have over 27 years of experience working with children and families. I have numerous years of experience in law enforcement, protection, education, investigations, social work/clinical work and case management. My previous work experiences have included: case management, assessment & treatment, investigations, clinical behavior modification planning and planning services for families in need.
I would like for the citizens of Lynn to take a look at my resume& website to determine if I am qualified to be a Candidate for the Lynn School Committee.
2. Why did you choose to run for School Committee?
WE CAN DO BETTER…
Our children deserve the best education and resources possible in order to succeed. I am determined to make sure that every child in the City of Lynn has the opportunity to strive for their very best, with the proper tools, resources and foundation possible. Our children are our future. We are their present and need to do better to demand that they receive the very best from our Lynn Public School system. I am completely committed to ensure that our children (special education and regular education) do not get left behind. Having a child currently in the Lynn Public School system gives me a the first hand knowledge base to see and hear what is and is not being provided for our children. I want to be the “PARENTS” voice on the current Lynn School Committee. It is so important that our families are represented by a parent as well as an educator/ professional in the field. I am both and I am willing to take the stand to demand changes in the current Lynn Public School system.
3. What do you see that is in most need of change? How will you change it?
It is my goal to be a member of the Lynn School Committee to begin the process of change. My Plan is as follows:
*Special Education Reform:
We need to begin the process of changing the current Special Education Department by providing and obtaining more funding, tools, resources, accountability and become more user friendly for the citizens of Lynn to ensure that every child/family gets the services they entitled to by law.
*School Improvement Plan:
Our schools are in deplorable conditions and we need to ensure that the School Improvement Plans are in place and begin the work of fixing our schools and rebuilding the district (26 schools). Provide more support to the Principals and teachers as well as the families being displaced.
We need to keep our teachers and provide them with every tool, resource, training necessary to ensure our children are successful. We need more staff, educators and fewer administrators. We need to ensure that the monies are going where they are intended and track what it is being used for.
We can do better at obtaining and ensuring that Grants are applied for and maintained in a timely fashion. Begin the process of seeking out large corporate agencies to invest in our children. We need to build relationships within the corporate world to ensure our children/families have the same opportunities that most cities and towns have. Together we can begin the work and make sure our children are not left behind. I welcome you to join me in this fight for our children’s education.
Dolores J. DiFillipo, M.Ed.,LSW J. DiFillipo,
Candidate for Lynn School Committee