To the editor:

This letter is written in support of Dr. Jim Karleskint, a candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives. Comments are based on my knowledge of Dr. Karleskint’s relationship with the graduate department in the School of Education at Baker University where he has served as an adjunct instructor for several years. 

I have personally supervised his work and assigned him to teaching positions in the Master of Science in School Leadership and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree programs. In the Master’s program, Dr. Karleskint taught candidates for building level licensure in a course for curriculum and instructional leadership. Candidates regularly assessed Dr. Karleskint with high regard. 

In the Doctor of Education program, Dr. Karleskint taught the Finance and Facilities course, a part of the core requirements for district level licensure. Again, candidates regularly assessed his teaching with high regard. Both courses required that he understand and be able to convey to candidates what school and district leaders must know and be able to do. 

The Finance and Facilities course required that he understand Kansas school finance from legal, functional and practical perspectives and stay abreast of current developments in the field. 

As an adjunct instructor, Baker values the knowledge and skills brought to the classroom by leaders working in schools and districts. Dr. Karleskint fulfilled that requirement and brought a practical viewpoint from his extensive and successful experience as a Kansas school district leader. Without exception, I lend voice to Dr. Karleskint’s efforts to become a leader in the Kansas Legislature.