Dr. Jennifer McNichol, President
I am the proud product of the public schools of Essex, Vermont, grades 1-12. I experienced the ups and downs of public education through my own time as a student, as well as through the eyes of my mother, a middle school librarian for nearly 30 years. I value that experience and know that it will help inform my response to the challenges facing Sitka’s schools.
After high school I attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where I had my first real “little fish in a big pond” experience. It was daunting, but enriching. I graduated with a degree in Neuroscience. Following college came a return to Vermont (and public education) at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. My husband, John Baciocco, and I met there, and graduated together with our medical degrees (with minors in skiing and mountain biking). We headed off to California to do our residency training, mine in pediatrics at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
During medical school John and I came to Sitka to do externships at SEARHC, and after residency, we decided Sitka would be a wonderful place to spend a few years…that was over 20 years ago now. Since having children, I have been fortunate to be able to work part-time at SEARHC. I can honestly say that I enjoy my job and my patients. John has also worked at SEARHC since we moved here, and practices family medicine and does administrative work. Our boys have attended Sitka schools since kindergarten. Between the two of them, it feels like our family has been involved in most of the activities that this amazing town offers.
As a school board member, my intention is to be approachable and thoughtful. My goal is to work with the community to give all of our children the best education possible during challenging times for our state and our town. Our kids only have one childhood, and one chance for an education.