BIO

Board of Education - Candidate

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How STEPHAN KRUCKER embodies
COMMUNITY FIRST

Stephan’s story began in Suffern, New York, the son of immigrant parents, who instilled in him the values of family, education, community and hard work. His mother was a stay-at-home mom, and his father was a computer programmer, working a union job for the utility company. Stephan showed an aptitude for business at the early age of 13. He mowed lawns, shoveled snow and lifeguarded at the community pool while he was in high school and college. At a young age Stephan also learned to serve and give back to others, by volunteering in the pediatric unit of the local hospital and teaching children how to swim. 

 

He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration. Stephan’s professional career, included leading teams at two of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, providing breakthroughs in healthcare that changed patients’ lives.  He continues to teach healthcare professionals, ways patients can live healthier lives and provide access to medicines that are safe, effective and affordable. During the 2020 pandemic, Stephan launched a new medicine for children suffering with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.

Stephan values education and embodies this by mentoring and coaching others. While living in NYC, he was a Crisis Counselor for the Trevor Project, providing life-saving support to LGBTQ youth. Stephan also volunteered for Oliver Scholars, a program preparing high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at grade school and prestigious colleges. He provided crucial support for the scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to their community.

In 2017 Stephan and his husband Norman moved to Litchfield. At first it was to escape NYC and their desire to renovate a historic home. The town drew them in because of its rich history, tradition, and the beauty it exudes both naturally and from the people living there. The people were so welcoming, warm, and open, that Litchfield is now the town and community they call home.

CHAMPIONING CHILDRENS POTENTIAL

"In Litchfield, we have a lot to be proud of. Our town is filled with people who care and are engaged in helping Litchfield keep its charm and history, while being its best. It is this sense of community coupled with top-notch educators and amazing children that have made Litchfield Public Schools the crown jewel of our community.

 

The 2020 pandemic has brought enormous challenges for our children, families and educators. Championing our students and educators is vital as we move forward. Board support must be unwavering,  all encompassing, and pupil-centered."

“Education is the one thing no one can take away from you.”

My Pledge to the Community of Litchfield

“I pledge to provide the strategic leadership needed as we engage in tough decisions. Yet, I will remain compassionate and forward thinking as we plan for the future and the educational excellence for all students and staff.”

BIO

Board of Education - Candidate

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How WAYNE SHUHI embodies
COMMUNITY FIRST

Born and raised in Litchfield, Wayne Shuhi has lived here his entire life. He and wife Lori raised their two children Kyle and Staci who also attended the public school system. Life in Litchfield has provided Wayne and his family with many wonderful opportunities, experiences and memories.

 

Wayne spent 20 years in Education as a Director of Information Technology and Technology Educator in Connecticut Public Schools. He has always been fascinated by the opportunity’s technology has and will provide the citizens of our world.  Supporting children and adults as they learn to use that technology has been his life’s work. He has volunteered at the Litchfield Hills Road Race, the Litchfield Community Center, and with the Litchfield Lions Club, where his wife is an active member.  In the summer months, Wayne works and volunteers at the beaches in Misquamicut, maintaining the beauty of those resources for future generations.

 

After experiencing the Litchfield Public Schools as a student, parent, community member and an employee, Wayne felt uniquely qualified to share those experiences in order to help the school district grow and prosper. He believes it has been his privilege to both live and work in Litchfield, as well as serve on the Board of Education, a great way for him to give back to the community and champion our children’s future.

CHAMPIONING CHILDRENS POTENTIAL

"Undoubtably, Litchfield’s most precious asset is our children. They are our heart, our future and therefore, our biggest priority. I raised my two children in Litchfield, both of whom attended our public school system, receiving a quality and comprehensive education. I want to maintain that this be possible for all future Litchfield families and their children.

 

Since 2003, I have served on the Litchfield Board of Education. During that time, my goal has always been to provide an excellent educational experience for the children of Litchfield at a manageable cost to the taxpayers.  Recently, great progress has been made towards that goal through greater collaboration with Region 6.  I am currently running for another term on the Board of Education to support these efforts, and see a proposal reach the voters so they can be heard."

My Pledge to the Community of Litchfield

“If elected, I pledge to improve the working relationships between the Board which could allow us to accomplish significantly more for our schools and community! As defined, community is a unified body of individuals. To me, putting our community first means simply that our community must first be unified and then we can accomplish anything, together! ”

 

BIO

Board of Education - Candidate

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How LYNN RICHARDS-MURPHY embodies
COMMUNITY FIRST

Lynn was raised in Northfield where her parents instilled in her a deep appreciation of the education and opportunities provided by the Litchfield School System.  Lynn's mother was a 3rd Grade teacher at Northfield and Center Schools and her family's home life was centered around education and environmental stewardship.  It was the exceptional education she received at LHS and the excellent instruction provided by legendary teacher Phil Fowler and his science curriculum that shaped her future career path as a scientist and educator.  

 

After graduating from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Lynn's early career involved teaching, training and mentoring; including teaching High School Biology in an inner-city school with a predominantly Black student body and training Chemists to use Atomic Absorption and Argon Plasma Mass Spectrophotometers. In San Diego, CA she worked as a Facilities and Land Use Planner and Workforce Training Instructor for the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command, while earning her Master of Science in Environmental Management.  Lynn chose to be a stay-at-home mother when her son Michael was born. Although busy raising a family and working, Lynn volunteered in her local public school and in the community as the Chair of the Planning Board's Wireless Subcommittee responsible for working with Wireless Carriers to find suitable antenna locations and appropriate screening and camouflage for equipment in the community.  

 

Lynn decided to move back to Litchfield in 2010 to help her ailing mother. She is currently employed at CTDOT as a Transportation Planner specializing in NEPA compliance and Environmental Justice. The decision to leave California and make a life in Northfield was easy because no matter where she lived, Litchfield was always "Home".  Burgeoning online education opportunities created an avenue to teach various Environmental Science classes. As an online Adjunct Professor, she understands the demands and challenges of Distance Education and the unique needs of educators and students on remote platforms.  Her extensive training and experience in remote and digital education for both children and adults is what prompted her to run for Board of Education, where she feels she can be a real asset to the new realities of Education in our community.

CHAMPIONING CHILDRENS POTENTIAL

"We live in unusual times where Education has taken a real hit from pandemic policies and rapid changes to the culture and environment in the educational system.  Teachers, students and families need support as we move through the pandemic and find a "new normal" post-pandemic."

 

"I want to be a source of support for the entire community as we navigate new realities in Education and I feel I have unique skills and qualifications to offer my knowledge and expertise in any way I can to help not only the Litchfield community, but our larger Regional educational community as well."

 

"Together, using all the talents and voices in our diverse community, we can use this time of change to create a stronger and more supportive School System and when we look back we will be able to say not only did we survive but we thrived."

My Pledge to the Community of Litchfield

“I pledge to use my time and talents to support teachers, students, staff, families and the community as a member of the BOE during this time of change, growth and development.  United, we can accomplish anything."