2019-2020 Hastings Site Council Election

The Hastings School Site Council is an advisory group comprised of Hastings faculty, administration, parents, and a community representative. The Council discusses school improvement initiatives and looks at issues from multiple perspectives.

Four parents serve on the council, each serving a 2-year term. The terms are staggered so that each year two new parent terms begin and two parents return from the previous year. Parent members need to have children attending Hastings for both years of their term. We meet one Monday every 6–8 weeks from 7:45 to 8:30 am in the school library.

Please review the biographies of the candidates for the 2019-2020 Hastings Site Council Election. You may cast your vote by clicking the link below. Each parent/guardian in a family may vote.


Beth Bristol

My name is Beth Bristol and this was my families first year being part of the Hastings community.  My son Graham is wrapping up kindergarten and is super excited to be a first grader!  What a wonderful year of learning –for Graham and myself, friendship building and community engagement.  It did not take long for my husband Eric and I to realize how fortunate our family is to be part of the Hastings Community.  Having the opportunity to be a member of the  Hastings School Site Council is appealing to me as I consider myself a dedicated education practitioner with almost 20 years of experience in the field.  I am currently the Associate Dean, of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and my areas responsibility are academic operations, policy/governance, assessment and continuous program improvement.  I am passionate about educational organizational development and moving environments forward in the midst of change.  Being a member of the council is a unique opportunity to align stakeholders –principal, parents, teachers, and community members to achieve Hasting’s organizational goals using critical and creative thought to ensure all Hastings children receive a high quality education.

Andrew Clarke

My name is Andrew Clarke and I am the parent of two current Hastings students (grade 1 and grade 3).  For the past three years, I have participated in the Lexington Permanent Building Committee as a school representative for the new Hastings School.  I am a civil engineer and am interested in continuing to work with the school on the establishment of a creative, fun and safe place for all of the children to learn.

Jessica Hess

My name is Jessica Hess. I have a kindergartener and third grader at Hastings. I have a passion for ensuring the social-emotional well-being of every Hastings student. This year I organized a bullying expert to speak for parents and Hastings staff at our school. I have been an oncology nurse for over 20 years which has taught me varied life experiences and knowledge that can be applied in many settings. I am excited to welcome new parents /students as our school grows and enters a time of change. I have a lot of energy, dedication, and  perseverance that could be utilized well on this site council. Looking forward to the possibility of being apart of this special team. 
All best,
Jess Hess

Carrie Klemovitch

My name is Carrie Klemovitch and I am the parent of a rising 4th grader and 1st grader.  I have been an active volunteer at Hastings over the last few years and prior to that served on the LexFUN! board planning programs and events for our local community. Professionally I work with students as they navigate their way through college, and have experience with strategic planning, assessment, and the challenges facing students today. I have seen firsthand how important elementary education is to building a foundation for our children, and helping them develop critical academic and life skills.  I would welcome the opportunity to be part of the dialogue between the parents, faculty and staff at Hastings.

Sascha Lamstein

Sascha Lamstein – mother of Eli Selsky (rising 5th) and Caleb Selsky (rising 3rd) – I work from home as a Senior Technical Advisor on a USAID-funded international public health project. While I love my work and even the international travel, I also love being involved in my kids’ lives and have toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher many times. In my work, I have helped monitor and evaluate program outputs and outcomes, analyzed data, developed surveys, and designed programs (primarily for implementation in poor, rural settings in Africa, Asia, and Latin America). Through prior work with children, parenting, and my current work, I  understand the importance of an environment that enables healthy growth and development. I feel certain that with my experience in program design, implementation, and monitoring as well as my desire for cultivating community and considerate children I can add value to the Site Council.

Daniel Pan

My name is Daniel Pan. I have been living in Lexington for eight years and I have two children – my daughter just graduated from Hastings last year and my son is in Kindergarten. Professionally, I work for a small biotech company; I work in large teams and appreciate the benefits brought by communication, collaboration and diverse views. I have volunteered for various school activities such as Big Backyard Walk, Halloween party and reading to students in the classroom. I am also an active member in the Chinese American community in Lexington and have helped organize many community events such as the Chinese New Year celebration.

I greatly appreciate the wonderful education my children are receiving and I am looking for ways to contribute to it. As a parent who values education, I will be able to provide input to the Hastings School Site Council (HSSC) on issues to tackle and opportunities for improvement from a parent perspective. As an immigrant who was educated both in China and the US and a professional who believes in teamwork, I will be able to bring unique perspective to the HSSC regarding education excellence, diversity and collaboration between school, parent and the community.