Our children are our future, vote accordingly.
I am a mother of 3 school age children - 9,7, and 5. I hold a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Connecticut. I have spent my career working with homeless families, at risk teens, and adults and children with developmental disabilities. I am an active volunteer with several organizations in our community serving the underprivileged, I also serve on the Carteret Smart Start Board, early education a passion of mine.
A member is elected by their district to make decisions to benefit the students- this needs to be their sole priority. They need to be fiscally responsible, spending funds where they are needed most. Connected and engaged within the schools,
Professional Development should be scientifically based and focused on increasing students academic achievement. Teachers should be allowed to chose the times and location for PD based on their schedules to not put more burden on them.
Salaries will continue to be an issue in recruiting and retaining teachers. We live in an area that does not offer a large choice of affordable housing, Teachers need to be able to afford to live where they work. Our county also offers a lower teacher supplement than neighboring counties, this is something I will work to change, Educators also need to feel valued and respected by the administrations they work for. They need to be trusted to make the best decisions for their students.
Qur county is rapidly growing, and although great, is causing major overcrowding at several schools. It is especially an issue at those schools in the western part of our county. These overcrowding issues need to be addressed immediately, We have school 50+ years old that we cant just keep adding on to, and making expensive band aid repairs. The older schools also pose more of a safety and security risk, We need a clear plan to address this now.
Our students are my priority, their well-being & long-term success. Teachers are the front line in our schools & deserve support and respect.
A life long resident of Carteret County and mom of three children, I'm incredibly invested in the school system. I've advocated for our students and teachers on the local and state level, attended every Board of Education meeting since my kids entered the school system, and serve at PTO President and Parent Advisory Council Representative. I'm passionate about our school system, extremely concerned about school safety, and ready for the position.
Student Success from their first to last day of school is what I find the most important responsibility of a school board member. Success is shown through engagement in the classroom, excitement to participate & becoming invested in their learning.
The first step towards successful professional development (PD) is ensuring content offered is based on proven research. The source needs to be trusted, knowledgeable, and relatable. The content of the PD needs to be applicable to the classroom that a teacher works in, in order for it to be most beneficial. Through working with Principals & school administration, we can work to target specific topics of interest for the schools or groups targeted, and ensure are respecting the time of our staff.
Ensuring teachers are provided a positive climate, with supportive administration, and are given the necessary tools is imperative in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers. Teachers being trusted to do the job they’re trained to do, and not be micro-managed and under scrutiny of State testing – knowing they’re not defined by one test, on one day – is another issue hurting teacher retention.
School safety is a huge concern of mine, and every parent/guardian of children, and most community members. Proper door locks, security devices, and protocols for emergencies should be a priority in our current world. School security comes down to proactiveness over reactiveness. Prioritizing and working through these needs, through our funds – as well as applying for large grants available from multiple funding sources, will be a priority of mine.