Bring a needed perspective to the Board of Education as a person who has children who currently attend our schools and as a mental health professional with a long-standing knowledge and understanding of our community.
Do we all want our schools to be safe.? ABSOLUTELY! One attribute in my skill set as a mental health professional – and a value I cherish as an involved parent with children in our schools – is my cognizance of the challenges associated with meeting the social/emotional support needs of all children in our schools. School safety and understanding the root causes of threats to it go hand-in-hand. I’ve discussed school safety at length with our Sheriff and am grateful for the collaborative relationship between local law enforcement and our schools. Dare County is extremely fortunate to be able to provide a School Resource Officer in each of our schools and to provide two district-wide School Social Workers. We have expanded programs and policies directed at school safety and mental health, nevertheless, we can and must do more and capitalize on the momentum.
Mental health is an important yet often overlooked aspect of school safety. My professional experience as a mental health professional in our community gives me valuable understanding and expertise to help guide school safety policy. I believe we should work towards being on par with the recommendations of the relevant professional organizations regarding ratios of mental health professionals to students.
Advocate to increase the transparency of the Board of Education
Did you know that our Board of Education doesn’t stream or publish recordings of meetings? I think we need meetings to be available live on digital cable, streaming on devices or to watch meetings online like our county and municipal governments offer. This would be a simple way to increase transparency and community involvement for our fellow citizens who may be working and can’t make the 5 p.m. meetings. I advocated for this last campaign and will continue to do so on the Board when you elect me. I will listen and represent your interests. You can count on me to bring ideas and to advocate for more transparency and access on the Board of Education.