"It’s imperative that our educators understand the need to connect and build relationships with their students."
In collaboration with the Special Education Advisory Committee, I organized two annual joint town halls, which brought the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and The Loudoun County School Board together to address community concerns. I feel strongly some board member initiatives should not be limited to just the BOS, rather should include some a discussion on possible impact in education on our communities and the District as a whole. During this time, I worked collaboratively with LCPS teachers, The Office of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, and Directors from the following departments: The Department of Instruction, Human Resources and Talent Development, Department of Pupils Services, Department of Support Services, Office of Outreach, Gifted and Talented Education, and the Loudoun Education Association as Educator for the Day. I was often sought after to provide direct and written feedback to individual school board members and members of the Superintendent’s cabinet on issues of discipline, gifted and talented education, special needs, and the recruitment and retention of highly qualified diverse educators. This leadership role required the ability to deal tactfully and persuasively with sensitive matters, and more importantly understand views, values and perspective of various demographics. As such, I have earned the trusted respect of many in the LCPS educational community.
I started this volunteer service journey in 2009 as new parent in the county. Today, I actively maintain those relationships and continue to build new ones with staff and parents, who seek assistance navigating a system that often can feel overwhelming. As such I was recently nominated by our District’s Current School Board member Chris Croll, to sit on the newly formed ad hoc Committee for Equity- focused on addressing the various needs of diverse learning communities in Catoctin and abroad. And last month I was asked to serve on The Tuscarora High School Advisory Council for School Counseling, a two year appointment. Once I identify an issue, gap or a need in services, I am able to engage a network of support and identify key personnel to address the issues. For example, in 2016 and 2018, I organized two community town halls, leveraging LCPS resources through the Office of Outreach encouraging all families and students to speak directly to law enforcement and our elected officials about the safety of our students. Our elected officials, former Congresswoman Comstock and Congresswoman Wexton, local law enforcement and community stakeholders participated in both panel discussions.
I’ve worked with children, and teens for over twenty- five years! I am a gymnastic coach and I love working with children. I fully appreciate the impact educators have on their students. And it’s imperative that our educators understand the need to connect and build relationships with their students. Gymnastics is not an easy sport, and often the new skills are met with doubt and failures. For the last 20 years, I have dedicated my spare time to young athletes, sparking vision, eroding boundaries and bringing joy. Ultimately their failures, and moments of doubt, grow resiliency and confidence.