I grew up in Prince William County’s Coles District and attended Coles Elementary, Parkside Middle, and graduated from Osbourn Park High School. My husband and I have 3 daughters who have attended PWC schools as well. Our family has always supported public schools in whatever way possible: volunteering in the classroom, fundraising, joining the PTO, and participating in school events.
I completed a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Mary Washington taking coursework in special education and gifted education to make sure I was prepared for a career as a public school teacher. I also took specialized classes in music education that would ensure that her students would be able to create, collaborate, and communicate well to prepare them for 21st century learning.
I have been with Fairfax County Public Schools for 9 years as a general music specialist teaching pre-K through 6th grade. This includes all the ages and stages, Enhanced Autism, gifted children, typical learners, all the kids who love music and those who don’t.. .I build an inclusive and culturally responsive community in my classroom and school. I serve as Equity Lead in my building and mentor new teachers in the county. In addition to earning certifications in First Steps, Conversational Solfege, and Orff Schulwerk, I have presented workshops in FCPS, for the Middle-Atlantic and Baltimore Chapters of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and at the American Orff Schulwerk Association national conference.
As a member of the Fairfax Education Association, I have been active in advocating for better working conditions (both locally and at the state level) so that we retain our teachers by addressing work load, how to facilitate training and support for staff that we might need in our schools, equity in scheduling, and quality of our curriculum. I have advocated alongside PWCS educators and staff by standing in unity at school board meetings, speaking with local elected officials, and reaching out to state senators and delegates who can help PWC with funding issues from the state. As a result, PWCS staff received the largest pay increase in a decade.
In Prince William County, I have been active at Dar Al Noor and programs with Unity in Our Community and VOICE. I work with a team that offers cultural proficiency training through PWCS to teachers and administrators. I joined the board of BEACON for Adult Literacy which offers adult English language learners in our community the opportunity to take English and citizenship classes. I am also a member of the Dale City Civic Association.
School board members should be champions for public education. I view this school board seat as a way to help Coles students and families be able to get the best educational experience possible. Students should feel safe at school. I encourage strong community bonds between the school community and the fire, police, and non-profits. I want the best for our students so that they leave PWCS with more than academic skills: Our students need to be resilient life-long learners. Together, we can do this for our students.