Loudoun County, Virginia is divided into eight magisterial districts: Algonkian, Ashburn, Blue Ridge, Broad Run, Catoctin, Dulles, Leesburg, and Sterling. The magisterial districts each elect one representative to the School Board. In addition, there is one At-large representative. The Loudoun County School Board is elected to a four year term. The Loudoun County Public School, LCPS, system is managed under the direction and authority of the Loudoun County School Board. The chairmanship of the School Board is elected annually by its members. While the School Board makes decisions relating to school policy and curriculum, it receives funding through the Board of Supervisors.
I am the ONLY candidate who has been a student in Loudoun County. This is the most valuable experience the board can have- somebody who has seen first hand the strengths and weaknesses that the students (the county's largest stakeholder) go through.
Emerick Elementary, K-2nd grade
D.G. Cooley Elementary, 3rd grade
Mill Run Elementary, 4-5th grade
Eagle Ridge Middle School, 6-8th grade
Briar Woods High School, Class of 2014
Purdue University, BS Professional Flight, Class of 2017
Many of my priorities and platforms aim to help those county wide, so while mental health support is my top priority overall, it is essential to understand that it does not affect everybody in my district or the county. Looking at an issue that is district specific, the Broad Run District will likely experience significant changes with the 2020 census- the types of changes that typically result in angst and frustration for many. The District is still growing, and with this growth, we will see many school and school boundary changes (Eagle Ridge is getting many new classrooms added!). Change is inevitable and timely communication about these changes helps to set expectations. With these changes and growth, our district needs someone who will prioritize constant communication and will provide timely updates. I am already demonstrating my commitment to ongoing and unfiltered communication on my campaign Facebook page.
A good school board member is one who is active in the community, understands the needs of all stakeholders involved, and is able to take a step back and realize that there are times when input from others is essential. I hit all three of these categories.
I have lived in Ashburn for nearly 18 years, and have seen the area grow tremendously over the last two decades. I have been an active member of the community as both a participant and a volunteer, ranging from a player in local sports leagues to a volunteer with our Sheriff's office.
I actively seek the feedback from others as I realize I do not have the same experiences everybody else does. I am the first to admit I am not an expect when it comes to every topic and issue that our schools face, and I understand the importance of utilizing community groups such as SEAC and MSAAC to help shape policy. We need to continue to strengthen these relationships and show that their experiences and ideas are appreciated and welcome.
Thanks to my 12 years in LCPS, I have first-hand experience of what our students go through but are too afraid to address with the adults in their lives. As such, I am comfortable addressing uncomfortable issues on behalf of our students and staff. As a recent graduate, I am aware of the areas where LCPS can improve in order to better prepare its graduates for life. Finally, as a pilot, I understand how to navigate competing priorities, overcome adversity, and to value the needs of the many who put their trust in me on a day to day basis.
The best way for voters to find my positions and platforms is on my website- votehoyler.com. If there is a question that is not answered on my site, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Providing our support staff with the resources they need to better identify and immediately deal with suspected or confirmed cases of bullying in our schools. This is something I struggled with immensely when I was a student in our schools, and something that remains close to my heart. I was afraid to speak up about the abuse I received from classmates, and instead believed that ending my life would be a better way to avoid the constant bullying and attacks I faced in our schools. Unfortunately, bullying has gotten far worse these past few years with the rise of anonymous social media accounts.
-Expanding our the scope of the academic offerings for our students to better prepare them for their next step after graduation from our schools. This includes increasing our offerings for students who do not feel college is the right post-graduation choice--we cannot simply focus on building up our AP and Dual-Enrollment offerings when they only benefit our college bound students.
Taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades early in my career. Senior Systems Integrator with Software Architect and Policy/Procedure certifications. Created and taught technology classes. Knowledge of budgeting and finance with a college minor in Economics
BA and one year graduate school
The top priority for Broad Run District is the same for all of Loudoun County and is complicated with many facets. As a former teacher and technologist, my top priority is to improve trust and communications with the county; to listen to students, teachers, staff and parents and to respond to their concerns in a meaningful way while stressing the positive and common sense solutions.
School Board members are elected county officials tasked with the job of making certain the desires of the community are met. Primary responsibilities are to:
• Set and/or update the vision and goals for the county schools
• Adopt policies and actions, that give the county direction to set priorities and achieve its goals
• Hire and evaluate the superintendent
• Adopt and oversee the annual budget
• Improve the environment for employees and students
A typical school board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction, and approving contracts with outside vendors. In addition, the school board will pay close attention to the county's priorities for academic achievement.
You cannot buy experience. It comes with many years of going through different trials and tribulations while making things better. I was the person my company sent to solve seemingly unsolvable problems, to ensure confidence was renewed in the company and to make projects, policies and procedures better. I have always looked for the win-win solutions.
We live with many challenges and we need experienced leaders to work through these difficult times. Our children are our future and they need to be protected and encouraged. I am running because I believe that my experience as a teacher and a leader in technology is needed on this School Board.
My background includes the following:
• Taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades early in my career
• Senior Systems Integrator with Software Architect and Policy/Procedure certifications
• Created and taught technology classes
• Knowledge of budgeting and finance with a college minor in Economics
The many classes, papers and site assessments I created for my work are not published and belong solely to the clients.
You can go to my website: www.lesleeking.com. You can find all of the candidates answering questions printed in the Loudoun Now newspaper. Also, Loudoun Times Mirror will be publishing soon candidate answers to their questions.
Rapid growth in our county needs proper planning for new schools and multiple redistricting needs evaluation so students are not unduly affected. One parent told me that their son was moved three times to different elementary schools because of redistricting.
Diversity in our schools sometimes results in racist remarks which are hurtful to everyone. The recent LCPS report on equity presented shocking information and conclusions. The school board must lead in condemning white supremacy, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim and gender biased remarks. Principals must speak to their teachers and students emphasizing that hateful speech/remarks will not be tolerated and there will be consequences if this is ignored. I have lived over half of my life in Virginia and I was born in southern Virginia. I grew up seeing racism in many places and I know this is not right and not productive for anyone.