Ernesto Querijero is a husband, father of two, and a career educator who is seeking your support for one of the three open seats on the Ann Arbor School Board this November. He has lived in Ann Arbor for over 25 years, and because of his background and experiences, he is the right candidate to serve our community in this role.
A graduate from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English and from the University of Pennsylvania with an M.S. Ed in Secondary Education, Ernesto has had two careers in his professional life; his first was in technology. He worked at the U of M’s Institute for Social Research from 1997-2002 in a variety of roles from Office Assistant to Computer Systems Consultant. There, he managed a help desk team, prepared computer software for release, wrote software tutorials, and conducted nationwide trainings for fellow U of M employees in the field. As a U of M employee, he learned the value of a professional community and collaborated with others for a greater good.
Ernesto has 15 years teaching experience. He first taught at Tecumseh High School from 2005-2013, where helping the most needy students launched his career. He taught a variety of classes including Basic English, a class for incoming freshman who graduated to high school despite 4th and 5th grade reading levels, and AP English, a rigorous class that allows high-achieving, motivated students to earn college credit. In his time there, he chaired the School Improvement Committee; in the role, he organized faculty professional development with the National Writing Project and represented THS at district-wide committees and Board meetings related to scheduling and common assessments. Ernesto also developed programming to help students transition into high school. Often, his presence was requested at IEP (Individualized Education Program) and counseling meetings specifically because of his balanced demeanor and ability to establish an environment where all voices can be heard.
Since 2010, Ernesto has taught developmental writing courses at Washtenaw Community College. These courses enroll the most vulnerable students, and Ernesto is dedicated to the population through his service on the Developmental Task Force and other committees related to diversity and student success. He represented WCC in its partnership with the John Gardner Institute, a national organization that works to advance equity, social justice, and mobility in higher education, and has shared his work at national conferences, including the Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference in Detroit in 2018. At the college, he has conducted faculty professional development trainings on pedagogical approaches to course design.
Ernesto stands with long-term student learning. He believes the role of public schools is to prepare students to be fair and responsible leaders, innovators, civil participants, and problem-solvers in the world to come. He has always fought for student support, student access, and student self-advocacy, which in itself is a learned practice. Public schools must offer students a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their learning.
Support for Ernesto is also support for inclusion and representation, another fundamental reason for his run in this election. He can identify with many types of voters and educational stakeholders. He is a regular parent volunteer who has sat on both sides of parent-teacher conferences. He is an active educator who will be teaching in a virtual classroom. He is a first-generation Asian- American and a proud union member. Vote Ernesto Querijero for the Ann Arbor School Board on November 3; he is the right person to help guide our district at a much needed time.