I am an advocate devoted to making Moore County the best in the state for public education. In addition to supporting student and teacher successes at the county, state and national level, I have worked to lead the Board of Education through important discussions about the impacts of diminished state funding, student reassignment planning, and passing a county-wide school bond.
I am a collaborator. Serving and supporting our students and teachers cannot be done in a vacuum. I understand that partnering with students, parents, community members, businesses, staff, and elected officials on important initiatives have resulted in increased volunteers, funding, and resources in our schools. From mentors at Moore Buddies, to early literacy volunteers from the Literacy Council, to the Career and College Promise program with Sandhills Community College, to passing the $103 million school bond and ¼ cent sales tax with support from the community - partnerships and collaborations are central for ensuring the success of all of our students and schools.
I am a parent of two middle schoolers and see first hand how decisions made in Raleigh impact our students and staff. The loss of funding for teaching assistants and textbooks, the implementation of new testing requirements, and the increased class sizes in grades 4-12 have been realities for my and all families for the last eight years. This will not do. I know these challenges can and have been mitigated somewhat with additional local funding from the county and cost cutting by the School Board. Effective budgeting practices, financial management, and sound resource allocation ensure finite educational dollars are used so that our students can (and do) continue to thrive and succeed in school and in life.