Biography

Passman Family Portrait
Back Row: Eve, Tom, Don, Jon;
Second Row: Sam, Rebecca, Barb, Marj, Pam;
Front Row: Abe, Jordan

I will bring strong academic qualifications to the board. I earned my K-8 teaching credentials at UW-Madison. I have a BA from Hunter College in New York City, majoring in history, with a joint minor in political science and high school education. I also have an MA in 18th century British history from Boston University, with research at Harvard’s Widener Library and further studies at UCLA. My teaching career has taken me from an inner city New York high school, to elementary schools in England China, and India, and finally to teaching middle school in Madison.

I received the Madison Metropolitan School District Distinguished Service Award, the University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teacher of Teachers Award and the NBC 15 Crystal Apple Award. I published a book, First Steps With Basics, A Gentle Introduction to Programming, and have just finished a second, My Side: Reflections of a Public School Teacher (still unpublished).

For over twenty-five years I have had the honor of teaching in Madison Schools. I first taught as a substitute at Leopold Elementary and then began teaching full-time at Marquette Elementary. I taught at the Franklin/Randall and Midvale/Lincoln pairs, then ten years at Lincoln Elementary School, and ten more at Cherokee Middle School.

My Board Duties have included Co-Chair of the Planning Committee, Chair of Equity, member of Student Achievement Committee, Member of the Madison City Ad Hoc Housing Diversity Committee and the Standing Housing Committee.

Because of a recent change in Board policy, each member serves as a liaison to different schools every year. I have, therefore, made several visits to the following schools: Memorial HS, Affiliated Alternatives, Hamilton MS, Black Hawk MS, Glendale, Stephens, Lake View, Muir, Shabazz HS, O’Keeffe MS, Allis, Huegel, Hawthorne, Chavez, Leopold, La Follette HS, Jefferson MS, Emerson, Lapham, Falk, Shorewood and Van Hise Elementary.

Lakeview Visit
Lakeview Visit

My husband, Don Passman, is a mathematics professor at the University of Wisconsin; we have two married children and five grandchildren. Our children attended Leopold, Cherokee and West High School, and obtained a marvelous education where they learned from a rigorous curriculum and from the life experiences of their diverse classmates. I therefore understand our schools, both as a parent and as an educator. My goal is to guarantee that today’s students and tomorrow’s students will have this same, and even better educational opportunity

Passman Family Portrait
Rebecca, Jordan, Abe, Marj, Eve and Sam

From my earliest teaching years, I have been in schools with diverse populations. I have never wavered from my core belief: all of our students have needs that must be met, including students at both ends of the spectrum, as well as those in the middle.