Editor’s note: The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Darin Bershefsky, Republican candidate for the Region 9 Board of Education, submitted the following response.
Profile and Statement
Darin Bershefsky, a Connecticut native, is an experienced registered nurse and former teacher, with international work experience and a love of travel and the outdoors. Bershefsky is running for election to the Region 9 Board of Education.
In 2020, during the pandemic, Bershefsky spent an incredible year as a high school teacher at Frank Scott Bunnell High School in Stratford. He was the Medical Careers teacher, and helped students prepare for medical careers, as well as to obtain their Certified Nurse’s Aide certification. Bershefsky said it was a rewarding and wonderful year but made the decision to return to nursing at Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Today, he works as a nursing educator in the Children’s Hospital, a role he loves, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Global Health.
“After working as a high school teacher, I feel that I have a unique perspective on the environment, both for the students and the faculty. As a parent of two young children, I hope to ensure that our school district provides them with the best possible education as they prepare for college.”
For Bershefsky, the top issues facing the Region 9 Board of Education are:
- Keeping our districts separate (Easton, Redding, and ER-9). Bershefsky believes that initial discussion to combine and redistrict our schools will not benefit our students or our towns.
- Ensuring ER-9 maintains a fiscally responsible and sustainable budget.
- Ensuring ER-9 maintains rigorous curriculum that supports academic excellence and student achievement.
Town wide, Bershefsky enjoys Easton’s small-town rural feel, outstanding school system, and strong sense of community. He believes in keeping Easton’s small-town rural feel, without outside influence dictating zoning changes. He believes Hartford’s approach to affordable housing initiatives will bring many more students to Easton, affecting our schools and home values. Bershefsky wants to maintain Easton’s small class sizes and rigorous academic standards in order to best support our children.
Bershefsky grew up in Stratford. After graduating from Stratford High School, he enrolled in Housatonic Community College. He went on to graduate from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing in 1991, and worked there for a year until relocating to San Diego. Bershefsky spent nearly a decade in California, working as a nurse at San Diego Children’s Hospital and as a contractor for the U.S. Navy, where he was a nurse manager in a family practice.
Bershefsky took a dream vacation to Australia that turned into a career opportunity abroad. He spent several years working as a nurse in Sydney, while spending all of his free time traveling the world. With a love for photography and scuba diving, Bershefsky has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
Bershefsky returned to the U.S. in 2008 and married his wife, Jolanta. He worked for Yale-New Haven Medical Center while Jolanta took a dream art director role with Dooney & Bourke. They have two daughters, Aniella Maria (sixth grade at Hellen Keller Middle School) and Violetta Rose (fourth grade at Samuel Staples Elementary School). The family moved to Easton for the schools and to be closer to their busy and demanding careers.
“We could not be happier with our decision to move to Easton. It was a perfect fit for us … close enough to my family here in Connecticut and a little closer for my wife’s family to come visit from Brooklyn, N.Y. Our oldest was about to start kindergarten, and both girls have had a wonderful experience at SSES. Easton is a hidden gem!”