Meet our School Board Members


  • Cheryl Jechorek, chair

    Cheryl Jechorek

    Term: 2019-2023

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I’ve been a resident since 1982.

    What is your profession?
    I am a retired early childhood educator.

    Why are you passionate about education?
    I am passionate about public education because of the opportunities for learning it provides every child, regardless of their socio-economic status.

    What is one of your favorite memories with students as a school board member?
    I was first elected to the school board in 1991 and have had many opportunities to witness great student behavior. For example, I never enter Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM without a student holding the door open for me. That does not just happen – there obviously are many excellent role models within our staff members and families. Thank you to our students and to those caring adults in their lives!

    Connect with Ms. Jechorek at cjechorek@bccs286.org

  • John Solomon, vice chair

    John Solomon

    Term: 2019-2023

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I have been a Brooklyn Center resident for 23 years. 

    What is your profession?
    I am a retired social worker. I worked in the field for 33 years. I am a US Air Force Veteran and was previously a Police Officer. I have undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences and a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology. 

    Why are you passionate about education?
    My passion surrounds every student valuing their educational opportunity and realizing the impact they will have on the future of this country as well as their ability to have a positive generational impact on the betterment of their families by embracing the academic opportunities in front of them. 

    What is one of your favorite memories with students as a school board member?
    My best memories as a school board member is having the opportunity to get to talk to and bond with students while coaching middle school football and assisting in creating a an African American History Month Program in 2009 and 2010.

    Connect with Mr. Solomon at jsolomon@bccs286.org

  • Amy Bailey, clerk 

    Amy Bailey

    Term: 2021-2025

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I have lived in Brooklyn Center for 15 years. 

    What is your profession?  
    I work for Allina Health in the corporate business office working with insurance, billing and coding for all ALLINA health hospitals. 

    Why are you passionate about education?
    My passion for education happened because I have three kids currently going through the Brooklyn Center Community Schools system. After volunteering and becoming more involved with the schools over the years, and because of my kids, I began to get to know their friends and families, and it made me start to care about everyone’s well-being and needs while they are at school. I know I have a voice that likes to speak up, so when I realized I could use my voice to help others, it empowered me to want to be on the school board. 

    What is one of your favorite memories with students as a school board member?
    I always have positive experiences with students. Nothing warms my heart more than when I see students I know when I am walking through the hallways and they come up and give me high fives, hugs, or even just a hello and a smile.

    Connect with Ms. Bailey at abailey@bccs286.org

  • Mary Benrud- Gachie, treasurer

    Mary Benrud-Gachie

    Appointed Term: 2021-2023

    A Message from Ms. Benrud-Gachie:

    "I want every learner here in Brooklyn Center Community Schools to be surrounded by a circle of caring and in an environment of learning that recognizes the unique gifts of each child that enters our district. I will work to create the tools and opportunities for those gifts to be activated in each child and give them the recognition and confidence to achieve. The first day I walked into ECA to enroll my child, they were welcomed by teachers and administrators who focused with intention on asking and listening to what my child needed to be safe and succeed at learning. I am committed to creating caring, responsive schools in Brooklyn Center that uplift the students and families and the whole community."

    More information is coming soon!

     

    Contact Ms. Benrud-Gachie at mbenrud-gachie@bccs286.org.


  • Ruthie Dallas

     

    Term: 2021-2025

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I have lived in Brooklyn Center for 40 years.  

    What is your profession?  
    I am a Project Director/Women Services Lead for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the Behavioral Health Division.

    Why are you passionate about education?
    I want to ensure that we are preparing all of our students for success regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual preference, income status, or disability in Brooklyn Center changing community and throughout the world. My forefathers fought for us to have a decent education and to be successful. Therefore, I feel compelled to advocate for the rights of all students of these current and future generations.

    What is one of your favorite memories with students as a school board member?
    As I shook hands with a few high school graduates during this year’s and last year’s graduation ceremonies, I will always remember their big smiles, strong hugs and words of appreciation for me being there in representing the school board.

    Connect with Ms. Dallas at rdallas@bccs286.org

  • Benjamin Woksonsommers

    Ben Woksonsommers

     Term: 2019-2023

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I have lived in the district for 2 years.

    What is your profession?  
    I am an accountant.

    Why are you passionate about education?
    My passion for education comes from seeing my own development and understanding of the world increase while continuing to inspire my desire for knowledge.

    What are you looking forward to as you begin your term with the school board?
    During my term, I look forward to learning new things, meeting new people, and rediscovering why education is so important to me.

    Connect with Mr. Woksonsommers at bwoksonsommers@bccs286.org 

Meet our student school board representatives

  • Kai Johnson, BCS

    Kai Johnson

    Term: January 10, 2022 - December 12, 2022

    How long have you lived in Brooklyn Center?
    I have lived in Brooklyn Center my whole life.

    Why did you want to join the school board?
    I joined the school board because I am passionate about uplifting student voices and I want to be able to provide a student perspective on the board. As a student, I am passionate about education and creating an equitable environment at Brooklyn Center.

    What are you looking forward to as you begin your term with the school board?
    I am looking forward to sharing the student experience with the board and amplifying the voices of the student body well by making positive changes within our district and school community.