Myerson runs for School Board seat
June 16, 2009 · Updated 3:22 PM
Sensing that he could do more than offer advice from the sidelines, local resident Dave Myerson is putting his passion for math and education before the voters this November and running for the Mercer Island School Board of Directors, Position Two. After incumbent Board member John DeVleming announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year, Myerson will face former Mercer Island High School PTA President Terri Caditz for election to the School Board seat.
A pathologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Cancer Care Alliance, Myerson says he is a proud parent in a top-rated school district and generally approves of the way things are run. His son graduated from Mercer Island High School last year, and his family is currently hosting the son of family friends (now living in Canada) who is determined to graduate here. He said he was glad to help his friends by supporting an institution he believes in.
“He decided he wasn’t getting the education he needed,” Myerson said. “The Mercer Island School District is an excellent school system.”
Yet, he feels that the School Board’s aims need to be refocused on producing a well-rounded student and an education that is responsive to challenges the student body faces. Myerson says he wants to give voters the option of choosing someone who seeks a stronger coordination between the students, the courses offered to them and curriculum they’re expected to complete.
“Are [the students] getting all they need, or are they getting more than they can handle?” he said.
According to his campaign Web site, www.dave4mi.com, he wants to achieve excellence throughout the educational program and curriculum. Serving all students — not just the ones who are going to college — is a need that he said is not being met and prompted him to run for the School Board.
Myerson said he decided to target Position Two because Board Vice President Adair Dingle seemed to echo his concerns and focus on improving the curriculum, rather than structural and organizational issues as DeVleming had .
“Her interests are more consistent with my interests, at least as far as I perceive,” he said.
Earning the unofficial title “Math Guy” for his work both as an IMS math club coach for four years and a volunteer with the MISD Math Review Committee, Myerson gives the present School Board a lot of credit for keeping the district top-rated with a focus on community involvement — such as his work to reform the math curriculum. During School Board meetings, he’s usually seated in the audience.
But he feels his volunteer efforts haven’t gone far enough. As a Board member, he would also push to get effective data results from student outcomes, performance and student-life.
“I will wind the clock, but I want to make sure those hands keep going at the right rate,” Myerson said. “Whether there’s bullying issues or other social problems, we need to evaluate that and make the correction. Some feel this is micromanaging. I feel as though that is where I’m going to focus on. There’s a difference in focus and perspective.”
Teaching is a focus that he occasionally enjoys, guest lecturing at Kim Schjelderup’s AP Calculus class at the end of the year. He is also no stranger to research, publishing his work more than 100 times.
Myerson, a New York City native, was educated at Brown University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing his residency at Columbia Presbyterian, he was hired by Fred Hutchinson and moved to Mercer Island in 1982. He said he has carefully followed the school district for nine years, getting involved shortly before a majority of the School Board was replaced in 2001.