I am a Parent
I have a daughter and a son. My daughter is in the sixth-grade and my son is a rising ninth-grader. I have also been the temporary guardian for two of my nephews and a niece. That gives me a balanced perspective and a stake in this journey towards better schools for all of our children. I will be responsive to families because I understand how critical family support is to the success of a child.
I am an Educator
I have taught in Newport News Public Schools, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Christopher Newport University. I have seen the entirety of our local education system from the eyes of a teacher. I know how hard our teachers work and the sacrifices that they make to inspire, shape, and direct students into a promising tomorrow because I've done it. I will work to make sure that teachers have all the support and tools they need for success. I will support policies that ensure that we retain our best teachers and attract the brightest teachers from the next generation.
I am a Manager
As a manager in a local Fortune 500 company, I hire and manage the careers of staff. Specifically I hire and manage staff that consult to the federal government in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). I see firsthand, every day, what it takes for students to succeed in the real world. I know for a fact that companies are hiring but there is a skill gap, i.e. not enough students with the right skills. I believe that makes me uniquely qualified to help our schools prepare students for actual STEM jobs.