I am an energetic and committed advocate for children! I am the mother of two Dare County Schools students, ages ten and twelve. My husband, our children and I have lived full-time in Colington for seventeen years.
I attended public schools my whole life and have worked with schools both in mental health consultation and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University. I am licensed by North Carolina as a Clinical Social Worker.
I have served seven years on my children’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and five of those years on the Executive Committee. As part of the PTO, I have helped serve students, parents/guardians and educators through fundraising for needed supplies, technological applications and other resources. I am an involved parent invested in our schools. I have served our community the past seventeen years as a clinical social worker working with Dare County children and families. I was also appointed by our Board of Commissioners to serve on the Dare County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. I have shown my commitment to children and to our community.
In my personal, professional, and volunteer life, I live by my alma mater, Virginia Tech’s, motto, Ut Protism; that I may serve.
I enjoy spending time being active with my family, and our two dogs and two cats whom we adopted. I can often be found cheering on my children who dance, do gymnastics, play softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer.
About last time:
- Firstly, THANK YOU!
- Serving on the Board of Education is not a new objective for me. In 2018, I was a candidate for the District 2 seat. Thank you to each of you who supported and voted for me last campaign. I am humbled that so many of our neighbors believed in me and I again ask for your vote. Although we fell short of a win, I learned even more about our schools and community than I already knew before running and bring that knowledge to the table this campaign.
- Due diligence:
- As a candidate, it is essential to learn all aspects of the schools and the school system from the current Board, administrators, educators, fellow parents and guardians, community members, students and staff. I have attended many Board meetings since my children became Dare County Schools students. I attended the Community Visioning Forums at 10 of our 11 schools; and was able to met with the principals of 9 of our 11 schools to better understand their strengths and concerns. I initiated and have maintained contact with many Dare County Schools stakeholders, to remain aware of their vision, priorities, and concerns. I have previously and will again meet with the Director of Finance to better understand how we plan, manage, and execute the school budget. I continue to speak with many parents, guardians, educators, community and business leaders and elected officials, and other school stakeholders to learn their perspectives about our schools and what they think is needed to ensure our Dare County children succeed. I’ve communicated with our Sheriff to learn more about his perspective about school safety. I appreciate the collaboration between law enforcement and our schools. I filed to run for 2nd District seat on the first day of candidate filing for the 2018 election and did the same for 2020. I want to serve on the Board of Education because I care about Dare County Schools.