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Carol Guernsey

Carol Guernsey

Running for Board of Education


  • Current BOE member
  • Past PTA prez and exec bd member 
  • 20-yrs fundraising/community program mgmt
  • Democrat


  • Current Member of the Board of Education
  • Member of BOE Policy Committee and District Improvement Plan Steering Committee
  • Graduate of James Madison University (BS in Art, minor in Art History) and New York University (MA in Visual Arts Administration)
  • Married, with two children in Fairfield Public Schools
  • Past PTA roles include: President of Fairfield Woods Middle School PTSA; Executive Board, Osborn Hill PTA; Executive Board, Holland Hill PTA; Executive Board and Chair of Fairfield Arts for Youth (FAY), Fairfield PTA Council
  • Curriculum Review Panel and Principal Interview Committee Participant
  • Professional background with over 20 years of broad-based experience in fundraising and program management for arts and community organizations including Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, World Monuments Fund, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art
  • Member, SEPTA
  • Member, Moms Demand Action
  • Former Catechist (Teacher), St. Thomas Aquinas Religious Education Program



With my own children currently in middle school and high school, I have a broad perspective that allows me to represent the diverse needs of students and families at all levels. I am also inspired by my mother, a retired special education teacher, who instilled a deep appreciation of the instrumental role of our educators. As a homeowner, I recognize that quality schools positively impact our property values and, as a taxpayer, I am dedicated to balancing educational interests with fiscal responsibility. I recognize that the upcoming school year will require both diligence and patience as we continue to address learning loss and the emotional impact of the pandemic. I am committed to working in an inclusive and non-partisan manner, asking tough questions, and providing creative and collaborative solutions that are crucial to fulfilling our commitment to Fairfield’s Vision of a Graduate. To this end, I am also dedicated to supporting and elevating equity work in our schools. As we have seen from the challenges faced during the pandemic, many of our school facilities are in dire need of updating. I believe that continued advocacy for our education budget is vital for proper maintenance of buildings and capital investments and to support the needs of all our learners.