Dayson Pasión proudly announces his candidacy for the 2020 Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) Board of Education elections.
As a graduate of Southern Alamance High School and former educator in ABSS, Pasión is intimately aware of our local educational system and the needs of its students, educators, and families. Pasión is a well-known advocate for public education and served as a community organizer to build support for the historic bonds recently passed in Alamance County. He is the recipient of many awards for his work at ABSS, has been honored by the state of North Carolina, and is recognized as a national leader in education.
Pasión said, “ABSS has seen much improvement over the past several years; however, work is needed to ensure those improvements are distributed across the entire community. When income level, zip code, or race can predict the outcomes of our students, it tells me that there is so much more to be done. It is imperative that we continue the work necessary to disrupt the barriers to opportunities that exist for our students. Removing the disparities that exist in our schools is the most important work we can do today. I do not take lightly the work that is before us, and have made it my life’s work. We must focus on building a better system, and we must do that work together as a community dedicated to improving the educational systems in the county, state, and nation. All voices must be included in the discussion with a seat at the table - the time is now for Alamance County to lean in to this crucial work. I will ensure that the marginalized voices in our community, whether they be students, educators, or families, have ample and continued opportunities to center their voices.”
Dayson Pasión graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in biology. During his undergraduate tenure, Pasión enrolled in the UNC Baccalaureate Education In Science and Teaching (BEST) program, completing all requirements to teach secondary science in North Carolina. During his time with ABSS, Pasión served the community as a science teacher, STEM educator and coordinator, instructional technology facilitator, and academic coach. Pasión currently serves as an equity specialist in the Office of Equity and Inclusion for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS).
He also serves on the board of Immersion for Spanish Acquisition (ISLA), is a member of Elon University’s School of Education Advisory Board for Middle Grades, is a co-founder of Alamance4Ed, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Alamance Teacher Leadership Academy. Dayson also remains an active alumnus of the Kenan Fellows Program for Educational Leadership, and is a current member of educational organizations including the North Carolina First in Teaching (FIT) Leaders, North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), Teaching in Color, EduColor, and several additional professional organizations.
Dayson lives in downtown Burlington with his wife Jessica and their dog, Charm. Learn more about Dayson Pasión and his campaign by following him on social media at @electpasion on Twitter.