is about learning and treasuring the rich history of this District.

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D’Aguiar Bio

Jan-Gregory D'Aguiar is the youngest of three children born to Barbara and Gregory D’Aguiar, two immigrants from Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Jan was born in Long Island, New York, where his father was a mechanic and his mother was a sales associate for their local retail store (Marshalls and Ross). The family lived in New York until 1986, when his father was robbed at gunpoint, while coming from a friend’s house. After that, Jan’s father decided he wanted to raise his children in a safe environment, so he moved the family to Orlando, FL when Jan was eight years old. This experience left a lasting impression on Jan and his family, and it’s what drives his desire develop and maintain safe communities.

 

Jan developed his passion for education from Ms. Yates-Riley, his 9th grade math teacher. Ms. Yates- Riley had students from diverse backgrounds, but was still able to meet each of them where they were.

 

Unlike some of his other teachers, Ms. Yates-Riley developed deep connections with each of her students. As a social studies teacher focused on American Government and Economics, Jan recognizes the importance of understanding how our political systems work, and inspiring our future leaders, just as Ms.Yates-Riley inspired him.

 

In high school Jan attended the YMCA Black Achievers program, and immediately recognized the rich history and legacy of leadership in Atlanta, so he decided to attend Morehouse College, where he earned his Bachelors in Sociology. Jan’s years at Morehouse College were some of the most important years of his life, as he was challenged academically and stretched socially. Even at an early age, Jan had a heart and mind to serve, and spent much of his free time as a volunteer with his church and local YMCA.

 

After graduation, Jan backpacked through Europe, and was able to see there was a bigger world, which many of our young people seldom see, so when he returned he took a job in Orlando, Florida teaching 9th grade. Jan has always taught 9th Grade, because he believes it is the foundation for secondary education and children sets up to be successful in high school. In addition to his teaching duties, Jan assists with discipline, and helps those students most likely to drop out of school.

 

As an educator, Jan has seen firsthand how students who feel they had no options turn to drugs and crime. Recently Jan had 4 students whose lives have been changed forever because of gun violence. As a city councilman, Jan will be focused on our most precious resource, our youth. Jan firmly believes if we start with our young people, we can make a difference in all the other areas of concern in our community: education, economic opportunity and public safety. He spends countless hours volunteering with his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi and also volunteers with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s homelessness initiatives. In addition, Jan tutors at local schools, regularly participates in neighborhood clean-ups and serves in ‘Day On’ events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Jan taught for three years in Orlando, where he met his wife, Ariel, but still felt a deep connection with Atlanta. Jan, Atlanta was where he established his identity and became a man. With its rich history and Atlanta has always served as a symbol of hope and opportunity. For Jan has always felt Atlanta is a place where everybody can have a good life, so once it became time to choose the next city, Jan made Atlanta his home.

 

Jan has lived in Atlanta for the last six years, during which time, he and Ariel have been blessed with three beautiful children, Leighton, Sage and Eden. Jan is living out his dream as a teacher for Atlanta Public Schools. He is also active in the school as a basketball coach and an adviser for the photography and graphic design club.

 

Jan served as past President for his undergrad chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and also as 2nd Vice District Representative for his district. He has also been trained through the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s VIP program. Jan is active with his church and other organizations, filling in where he’s needed.

The D’Aguiar Doctrine: Community First

I remember a time when you would drive down the street or visit the local supermarket, and catch a smile or friendly wave from our neighbors. I miss that.  Thanks why I’m running for office; to help restore a sense of Community and Value to our District.

 

Community is about learning and treasuring the rich history of this District. The District who challenged the status quo and overcame.  The District who embodied the idea of "The City too Busy to Hate," while embracing and helping to mold the direction for the future of our city. This is the legacy it is critical to build upon for our District.

 

When I refer to Value in our community, I am referring to the pride in letting people know you are from the SWATs. The ability to peacefully enjoy our schools, walks in the park, and have access to recreational activities connecting people young and old, all while seeing our property values grow consistent with other parts of Atlanta.

 

In order to help restore a sense of Community and Value to our District, I will focus on 3 areas with opportunities for improvement: Public Safety, the Economy, and Education.

 

Education

Public Safety

Economy

If we address education, we can address many of the other issues in our community. When the citizens in this District have access to quality education they can leverage the opportunities already here in our community.

 

As an educator, I’m most often asked which is better Charter or Public School. Unfortunately, this debate misses the point.  Too often, these options are commonly viewed as adversarial rather than alternatives. If we stand together to support the faculty and staff of our schools and hold our students accountable to the rigors we desire of our school, then we can shape the institution, whether Public or Charter, to the standards we believe will position our students to be the successful citizens that they are destined to be.

We must address Public Safety in our community on two fronts. First, we must forge stronger relationships with law enforcement in our community, so our citizens can play a larger role in identifying and reporting criminal activity.

 

Secondly, we must address the lack of opportunities in our community which leads to a sense of hopelessness, and ultimately results in crime.

District 10 is prime for economic growth and more importantly, for its citizens to participate in the tremendous growth experienced in other parts of the City. We must encourage and develop a new generation of entrepreneurs in our community.  We must bring more businesses to District 10, which will result in more jobs and more opportunities for economic advancement.  We must also update our infrastructure to make it easier to do business in District 10. Together, we can truly revitalize this area.

 

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As always, please call on me if I can ever be of service to you. Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail

 

Sincerely,

 

Jan D'Aguiar

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