WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
City Council Member Farmington Hills
Donald Walker has the tools and skills to be an excellent addition to our school board. He is the candidate we need.
Deputy Executive Director
Office of the Equity, Advocacy and Civil Rights, DPSCD
Donald Walker, teacher, leader and humanitarian, is dedicated to creating the best circumstances possible to ensure that all community members can reach their fullest potential. While lofty words, it is Donald’s behavior the embodies how those words come to life. Donald is not one that just looks for surface level impact and change, but rather wants to build capacity and push for deep level, systemic implications. Donald is constantly seeking to understand multiple perspectives when confronted with a challenging situation and is a true life-long learner who is willing to shed preconceived ideas as he is exposed to new, more wholistic information.
As an educator of more than 20 years, Donald knows first-hand the variety of issues that a school district can face. Having worked both at the classroom level as well as at the district level, Donald has the ability to examine issues and innovations from multiple vantage points in the educational system as he looks for solutions that will increase equitable outcomes for all involved. Donald is courageous and will not just look for the solution that will please the majority, particularly if a better solution that centers students and their needs exists. He prioritizes the needs of those most marginalized by both society and traditional schooling, while advocating for a redistribution of resources and an equity centered approach in all district functions. Donald is a true leader for justice and values the integrity of voice and action in all he does. A loving husband and father, Donald leads from a place of humility and collaboration, truly believing that he is best when in service to others.
Parent/FPS Teacher of the Year 2018-2019
Farmington Public Schools
If you have not heard of Donald Walker, you soon will. He is running for the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education this fall and it is my absolute honor and pleasure to endorse him.
A few words about Mr. Walker: he is determined to make certain every child is given attention. He has a resume that boasts of his strengths in every aspect of education. He has always had excellent ideas for the board to implement into the schools but these ideas were given from the sidelines. Through much encouragement and support from the people of Farmington/Farmington Hills, he has decided to run for office.
Mr. Walker is an educator, he believes in Social Justice, Equity and fights for not only his children in the Farmington School District, but for ALL children. He is a resident of Farmington and works in the Detroit Public Schools Community District so he has great depth of knowledge about how schools work from an employee as well as parent perspective. He is a leader and believes in the best for children, staff and the greater Farmington community.
It is with great pleasure that I not only endorse Mr. Walker. I am proud to call him a friend, an ally and a parent of one of my most promising students.
Mr. Walker will work tirelessly to help grow and give insight to the Farmington community and he will serve tirelessly as a member of the Board of Education.
FPS Parent & Girl Scout Troop Leader 42386
I have known Donald for almost 9 years. I first met him when his daughter and mine joined the same Girl Scout troop. Donald has always impressed me with his thoughtful suggestions, willingness to volunteer, and ability to listen. He leads by example and is committed to making our schools a better place for all of our children. He exudes dedication to both his family and community. I believe Donald will make an excellent addition to the FPS School Board with his positivity and leadership.
FPS 4th Grade Teacher & Farmington Resident
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to fully endorse Mr. Donald Walker for a position on the Farmington Public School Board. Mr. Walker is a passionate advocate for FPS students. He realizes the importance of protecting and providing quality instruction in environments that promote independence, cooperation, and socio-emotional development.
There are many qualities and actions that make someone a strong school board candidate. As a community member and teacher, I look for someone who is passionate, motivated, reliable, an engaged listener who is willing to learn and who is true to their word. Mr. Walker exhibits all of these qualities and more.
When I first met Mr. Walker, his youngest daughter was an incoming kindergartner. As her new teacher, I visited the Walker home to welcome the family to Farmington Public Schools. At that moment, I was impressed with his positive outlook and willingness to help in any capacity. His biggest concern was not how I was going to help his daughter, but how he could help his daughter. Mr. Walker understood that in order to support his daughter in her education, he must also support his daughter’s teacher, his daughter’s school, and his daughter’s district. He understood that all of these pieces of her education worked together. In addition to understanding the interconnectedness of the different components of education, Mr. Walker was prepared to take action as well. He immediately began volunteering in the classroom and sending in extra supplies, and chaperoning field trips. Mr. Walker is taking his commitment to Farmington Public Schools and the success of our community through education even further, by running for school board. It is no surprise to those who know Mr. Walker that he is extending his passion for excellence in education and moving to impact the school community in a greater way.
Mr. Walker is a man of integrity who will take his time to listen before making important decisions. He will welcome the opportunity to uphold and strengthen the Farmington Public Schools community and he will do so with resolve, integrity, and purpose. Mr. Walker will truly serve our community and school district in a way that benefits all stakeholders.