Westbrook Democratic Town Committee
Westbrook Connecticut


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As a candidate for Westbrook Board of Education I am proud of the schools we have in our town. They promote the development of caring, engaged, and intelligent young people who represent Westbrook in the best possible light. But the work to improve our schools is not done. I want to help our schools expand their academic offerings and enrichment opportunities, improve their health environment, and I will work hard to ensure responsible budgeting. Our schools also need to teach skills to develop conscientious and fluent digital citizens. I see technology as a powerful tool that Westbrook can better utilize to share ideas, communicate important information and model positive discourse for our young.

Through my work as a teacher and Dean of Faculty at Oxford Academy, and my experiences in Westbrook school and town organizations, I have been a proactive, energetic and forward-thinking collaborator. I am proud of my role in developing a standard of excellence in teaching and learning at Oxford, and in growing the Academy's connections to the Westbrook community. I am actively involved in Westbrook School District’s Climate Committee, the PTO, and Westbrook Conservation Land Trust. With each endeavor I have worked collaboratively and formed partnerships to benefit the organizations and community.

As a Board of Education member I will foster two-way communication with community stakeholders. Ideas, resources, and energy from residents of this town can help our schools, and in turn, the Westbrook community as a whole. As an educator, parent, Westbrook taxpayer, and invested community member, I have the skills and experience needed to improve our schools and town. I will be your representative and actively seek community input and report back to all involved. Together we have important work ahead of us and I will be energized and honored to do my part on the Westbrook Board of Education.

     Zack Hayden 

  • Dean of Faculty & high school English teacher, Oxford Academy
  • Middle and high school teacher for at-risk students, Washington, DC
  • Pre-school teacher for special needs children, Minneapolis, MN
  • CT state certified teacher, English/Language Arts
  • Daisy Ingraham and Westbrook School District Climate Committees
  • Daisy Ingraham Principal Search Committee
  • Accreditation Visiting Committee for New England Assoc. of Schools & Colleges
  • Daisy Ingraham School PTO member
  • Westbrook Little League softball coach
  • Mystic Seaport demonstration squad
  • Westbrook Land Conservation Trust member
  • M.A.T. in Education, Sacred Heart University
  • B.A. in English and Biology, Macalester College
  • Married to Kate; Father of Daisy Ingraham students, Norah and Miles
  • Resident of Westbrook for 12 years

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Serving on the Board of Education is an important job – one that first and foremost impacts our children, and which has a reach extending far beyond our schools and out into the community at large.  It requires budgetary discipline alongside managerial and human resource skills.  Having two children recently graduate from the Westbrook School System, I am proud of our schools and will strive to better them. It is important that we continue to synthesize wise budgeting, relevant technology, and a strong, varied curriculum. 
  As an active parent in the school community I have been fortunate to work with parents, school administrators, and staff across a variety of educational and community issues. While serving as Westbrook High School’s PTSO Co-President for six years, I had the opportunity to hear parent ideas and concerns. I understand the importance of listening and the value of honest and direct communication. As a Registered Nurse I frequently use this process before applying judgment and care in difficult medical and family situations, managing personnel, and interacting with staff at all levels. 
  As a Girl Scout Leader I have been fortunate to further round out the education and growth of twenty girls. Throughout their time in the Westbrook School System, I have gained an understanding of the students’ needs as they progressed through thirteen years of education in our community. Within the Westbrook High School Asset Committee, I also have the privilege to work with educators and town leaders to build assets for our youth, facilitating collaboration between the school system and the larger community.
  My involvement with local parents, youth, our educators, and the local community enables a sort of multidisciplinary perspective – one of multiple lenses through which I will address topics at hand.  With your support on November 3rd I will bring my experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment to be an effective member of the Westbrook Board of Education.

Mary Ella Luft

  • Registered Nurse 
  • Westbrook High School PTSO Co-President, 6 years
  • Westbrook High School Project Graduation 2015 Co-Chair
  • 6 Subcommittees, 6 Fundraising events 
  • Westbrook High School Asset Committee, Active Member, 3 years
  • Girl Scout Leader, 15 years
  • Two troops from Kindergarten through High School Seniors
  • 2 Silver & 3 Gold Awards (first in Westbrook in over 20 years)
  • Westbrook High School Principal Selection Committee
  • Former active member of Daisy and Westbrook Middle School PTSO
  • Active Supporter of Westbrook Town events and School Sports 
  • (children played soccer and tennis)
  • BSN, University of Bridgeport
  • Married to Lee; Mother to Sarah & Kaitlyn, both Westbrook Graduates 
  • Westbrook Resident, 18 years 

Voter Registration Form - Mail completed form to Registrar, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498

Absentee Ballot Application- Mail completed form to Joan Angelini, Town Clerk, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498
Selectwoman Candidate Mary Labbadia