MEET THE ALLIANCE 

New Voices Teamed With Experience

ANDY KESSLER

I have resided in Upper Dublin for the past six years. Passionate about education, I am actively involved in my young daughter’s school ensuring that they have all the tools available to ensure a robust education that balances social-emotional support in these challenging times. I credit the well-rounded education that I received at Central High School for my educational success in college and career. I am a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University (1988) and a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law (1991). For the past 30 years I have been a litigator and I am the managing partner of a national law firm handling matters throughout the Commonwealth from its Center City location. Growing up in Philadelphia and attending richly diverse schools solidified my firm belief that all children deserve a strong and vibrant public school system where the needs of all students are met. I am firmly committed to the success of our public school system and look forward to being a problem solver to obstacles that stand in the way of unlocking every student’s potential through excellent teachers, programs and facilities.  

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TITIA SCHERPBIER

I am running for a second term on the board because I believe that strong school public schools are an essential part of a vibrant community - to students and their parents, to teachers and staff and also to the residents, business owners, home-owners and tax-payers. Strong public schools make a strong community. I am a 32-year resident of Upper Dublin township, and parent of three Upper Dublin graduates. After 18 years in biomedical research I now work as a full time math teacher in a public high school in a nearby district. I am an active member in a number of community organizations, and I enjoy meeting neighbors and Upper Dublin residents to listen to their experiences and perspectives. I support the direction of the district’s administration and leadership team, with their goal to  provide an educational framework that is based on sound and state-of-the-art learning and teaching practice. We need to keep our programs up to date to prepare all students for the society in which they will be living and working.
 

MARK SIROTA

I am a strong believer in the power and importance of public K-12 education. My wife and I have lived in Upper Dublin since 1998 and have two children currently attending Upper Dublin High School. As the products of excellent public education ourselves, we decided to get involved with the intention of helping UDSD be all that it could be, understanding that a rising tide lifts all boats. In that spirit I have served the District as a member of the Educational Advisory Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, Social Communications Policy Committee, and as the vice president of Upper Dublin PAGE (Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education). I have now served nearly two terms as a School Director and am the second most experienced on the board. I prefer to focus on the big picture and the long term, and that’s the approach I’ve brought to the board since my initial appointment in 2013.

DARYL BOLING*

Daryl Boling has withdrawn as a candidate for School Director:

 

We are in the middle of the Primary Election for School Board with mail in voting in full swing and Election day only days away. We are working together to elect candidates committed to public education and our community. Daryl Boling was endorsed as a member of the slate to bring his expertise in management and the arts to the Board and serve as an advocate for our excellent arts programming and extra-curriculars. 

 

Unfortunately, our opponents and their surrogates have resorted to unscrupulous tactics by attacking his career as an actor rather than engaging in a substantive debate on the issues facing our community. In order to continue our issues-driven campaign, Daryl has decided to withdraw as a candidate for School Director. Per election rules, Daryl will remain on the Primary Election ballot, but will not appear on the November General Election ballot. We strongly encourage all Democrats to vote for all four of our endorsed candidates in the Primary so that a replacement to the Alliance slate is possible. We are actively engaged in a search for an excellent replacement candidate whose values are aligned with UDDC to appear on the November General Election ballot. A replacement is only possible if all 4 of our current candidates emerge as the top 4 Democrats in the Primary Election. The Alliance and UDDC thank Daryl for his willingness to serve and appreciate his recognition that we want to continue to focus on the issues and on our goal to ensure that our schools continue to provide an excellent public education for the entire community.