Dr. Israel Romero Ph.D., J.D., M.Ed, M.B.A.
Improving Lives Through Education
Dr. Israel Romero believes that education must be relevant to improving the lives of the people it touches. A resident of Taylors, SC, he has sought to achieve education excellence in his own life, earning these degrees:
- PhD, major in Educational Administration (AIU – Honolulu, HI)
- Juris Doctor (31 cr. At Albany Law School, graduated at LaSalle University)
- M.Ed, major in Educational Leadership (Bridgewater St. Univ. – Bridgewater, MA)
- MBA, major in Business Management (Almeda Univ. – Boise, Idaho)
- LLB (Baccalaureate), major in Law and Government (San Pedro University, Honduras)
Now an independent journalistic scientific researcher and writer, Dr. Romero has served as a professor at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA; teacher of algebra in special education at Brockton Public Schools and of Spanish at Foxborough Public Schools, also in Massachusetts.
“In my entire life, I always seek to make a significant difference in the lives of others,” said Dr. Romero. “Ever since I became an educator, the classroom has been my forum to do so. I also believe that to give more, the educator must be better prepared.
“As an educator, I discovered the ability to explain the most complex concepts in simple, cogent English. I became adept in the use of computers to motivate the acquisition of languages and Math concepts, as well as for accomplishing the most profuse, complex and complete research on incredible short period of time,” he added.
Dr. Romero’s campaign moto is “Teach a child the way of righteousness, and when he grows up he will not turn from it.” PROVERBS 22:6.
- SAFETY AT SCHOOL: Installation of metal detectors at the main entrance of each school building in the state;
- Make the State Legislature, along with the State Board of Education, to enact a law raising the minimum age to buy a fire arm to 21;
- Implement programs for disadvantaged students (learning disabilities and from low income homes) to enroll them in SC Tech Colleges;
- Work with the school districts to raise the students’ level of performance in the state examination, at the same time keeping the good marks in SAT examination;
- Hiring more teachers and teacher assistants, instead of laying-off them;
- Working with state colleges to create incentives to hire teachers we prepare to avoid them going to work in other states; and to encourage them to seek admission in master’s programs in South Carolina;
- Implement programs to raise the level of achievement in state-wide testing for all students, reinforcing the results of SAT;
- Creation of more programs/training to teachers and assistants, and to encourage them to seek admission in master’s programs;
- Compliance with the seven basic duties mandated by State Law.
- TEACHERS UNION. Promote the organization of a SC State Teachers Union, with branches in each school district.
A caring educator is the one that supports the academic development of all students w/o prejudice and w/o segregating; responds to the physical, social and emotional needs of them; has clear learning objectives; is aligned with the State Frameworks, and complies with federal educational mandates; is consistent across grade levels and courses; rewards academic effort and achievement; prepares students for success; and remains dynamic and effective through regular evaluation.
A responsible educator comprises a curriculum organized by both skills and content; contains mastery objectives by grade level; responds to essential questions; provides in-depth rather than surface coverage; and, has no obvious gaps when delivering the lesson.
A skilled educator implements units of study into the curriculum: to contain enrichment opportunities as well as modifications and remediation strategies; encourages high level thinking, including critical and creative thinking; integrates subjects where appropriate; provides opportunities for review and mastery; utilizes multiple resources; reflects the requirements of the Materials Adoption policy for content, format, and lack of bias, using the Reverse Method.
A fair educator applies the assessment of student learning which: is built into the curriculum; reflects the objectives; involves the use of rubrics; and, is varied in format.
“My approach to school leadership is interested in interdisciplinary issues (i.e. the application of sociological method to textual interpretation) as well as recognition that to perform successfully teachers must have total support from administrators,” Dr. Romero explained.
“A student will learn effectively if the material studied is shown to be relevant in some way to current issues and life. In fact, I feel that the purpose of an educational institution should be to help the student think critically about important issues to integrate the truth of their studies into their lifestyles.
“The purpose of an educator must be keeping interested in both the materials taught and in the students who are learning. Although it is important communicating ideas and information, discussion and interaction between students and educator are important elements in integrating the classroom materials into the lives of the students, for the application of knowledge to solve real life problems and situations.
“A wise leader will guide his teachers to do so, and to implement a curriculum aligned with mandates, to enhance the quality of education.”