Opinion | School board candidate Jenniffer Gonzalez: Academics, communication and culture are my focus

Jenniffer Gonzalez
School board candidate
Jennifer Gonzalez is running for a Summit Board of Education seat in the Nov. 7, 2023 election.
Jennifer Gonzalez/Courtesy photo

I was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. My mother is a retired teacher and my father a retired casino manager for more than 25-plus years. I received a master’s degree in international tourism in the Canary Islands.  

I have been a Summit County resident for 19 years. I have 15 years of case management experience at Summit Community Care Clinic. I had the opportunity to work with the older adults at Summit County Community & Senior Center. Currently, I work as a Strengthening Families Bilingual Coordinator in Youth and Family Services at Summit County government.

I have served on several boards such as: Family & Intercultural Resource Center and Women of the Summit. Currently, I serve at CommonSpirit St. Anthony’s Hospital and on the CAFÉ Food Rescue Board. I am dedicated to serving the Summit County community and providing help and resources for those in need.

I work very closely with the Latino community. I have been and will be the voice of Latino community that has had no voice.

I enjoy spending time skiing with my family, and I love salsa music and dancing. 

I have a fifth grade daughter attending Dillon Valley Elementary. I am very passionate about my daughter’s education. I am very concerned about the current condition of our school District and its rating.

My focus as a board of education member will be:

Priority No. 1

  • I want equal opportunity education for future generations. Improve basic academics especially reading, math and word skills
  • I will model proven curriculums used by successful schools and school districts
  • Recruit middle and high school students to invest their community hours on elementary students that need help
  • Expand tutoring resources to kids that are struggling 
  • Create protocols that ensure early screenings for neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc
  • Increase collaboration with specialists who can promptly evaluate root causes of student’s individual weaknesses

Priority No. 2

Community and communication:

  • Encourage parents to get involved in their kids’ education by maintaining parents aware of their kid’s performances, attendance and needs
  • Use advisory committees to offer transparent communication to parents and provide proper resolution to their issues  

Priority No. 3


  • Create a culture of respect, acceptance and kindness among students, staff and community members including older adults
  • Assign group projects and activities that require students to work together towards a common goal
  • Embrace the differences among students and create opportunities for them to share their unique backgrounds and experiences
  • Establish intergenerational programs including mentoring, storytelling, workforce development and community services

Jenniffer Gonzalez is a candidate for Summit School District’s board of education. For more election coverage, visit

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