A Maryland and Baltimore County native for almost his entire life, Gaston Horne currently works as an Administrative Purchasing Specialist with American Office. Raised in Baltimore County Public Schools, he graduated from Catonsville High School and attended Coppin State University. Through a variety of work experiences, Gaston has tutored students and coached youth sports across the county as well as mentored at-risk youth in Baltimore City. He is eager to bring his experience to the BCPS system. Gaston and his wife have been married for six months.
“Quality education needs to be a right for everyone regardless of social and/or economic status. This education should include adequate preparation to become a functional adult. Mandatory courses should include financial literacy, a thorough understanding of credit, a more in depth look at how politics work and exposure to vocational and technology based career options.”
“We should include our young people in the process as much as possible. We make decisions on who will be in charge and what kind of policies will govern our children as they attend school, but we seldom ask them for their opinions or needs. I believe a greater effort needs to be made to educate and include parents AND children who are nearing voting age on what is happening among their leaders.”
“Rather than pick a school for a child to attend regardless of zoning, I think the effort should be made to make schools better in every zone. Unless a student issue such as disability warrants choosing a new school, students should attend their zone school. Instead of advertising choice, we should be providing teachers better resources and upgrading facilities to make every school worth attending.”
“College education is something that ALL students and teachers should strive for. A college degree can open many doors in the work force. However, not every student is ready for college right after high school. We need to provide students the opportunity to explore vocational and tech-based career options and break down the stigma associated with have a non-traditional job. Both paths are viable.”
“While there is a place for traditional methods of discipline, I think our school system should do a better job of supporting students through their bad behavior. Simply suspending a student does not fix the problem, it just alienates the student and isolates them from people who can help. Instead we should strive to get to the root of a student's problems through discussion.”
Political activism is counted in votes. So while money is appreciated, i encourage you instead to mention me to your friends and family. Talk about what it is you want from the school board and if my views match up, then please consider me at the polls on June 26. I encourage you to ask me if you're unclear about my positions as well. Send me an email, and I'll be happy to answer any question you have. This is our school system, and we have to work together to make it better.