I believe all students deserve a quality education and bright future. I am committed to advocating for:
- Improved Academic Outcomes - Ensure students have the resources they need to meet reading and math benchmarks by 3rd grade increasing future academic success and graduation rates.
- Investing in Classrooms - Advocate for the return of Teaching Assistants in each class for grades K-3, reduce class size for grades 3-12, and return of textbook funding for non-electronic books.
- Voice for ALL families - Ensure all parents have the opportunity to provide feedback, share concerns, and participate in advisory councils as well as expect timely responses from staff and leadership.
- Recruit & Retain Highly Qualified Teachers - Moore County Schools is experiencing a teacher shortage, especially in core and exceptional children classes. It's time to invest in improving teacher work conditions and pay.
- Protecting Military Student Support - Several Board Members have recommended removing the Military Family Advisory Council, funding for military student support, and eliminating the District Military Liaison Position which supports over 3400+ military-connected children. Military families fought for these supports! Let's work to keep them!
What I don't support is the following:
- Critical Race Theory (CRT) - CRT is not appropriate for K-12 Education. Moore County schools has never taught CRT nor planned to include CRT in it's curriculum. As a board member, I would not support a future effort to teach CRT to K-12 students.
- Grooming - Grooming is defined as "the action by a pedophile of preparing a child for a meeting, especially via an internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offense." Moore County Schools teachers and staff are commitment to keeping children safe. I do not support sexualizing children or curriculum that would increase a child's risk for being assaulted or exposed to human trafficking.
- Book Banning - Moore County Schools has board approved policies and procedures for reviewing challenged books. The process includes checks and balances so that final decisions reflect input from parents, educators, and administrators from the challenged school. I believe Board of Education members have a responsibility to honor the process and ensure their personal views do not interfere with the final decision. Board members have a responsibility to remain unbiased and consider all the views of all parents and students as well as to ensure decisions fall within the scope of the law.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer - Moore County Schools teachers, counselors, and administrators are well trained and support the needs of all students. There is no need to create a new position at the district level for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer nor would I support a recommendation as board member for a future position. Additionally, I spent 4.5 years working in Student Support Services at Central Office and have never heard a recommendation for such a position. Funding for a position like this would be better utilized providing additional classroom staff and support.
As an educator and a parent of three Pinecrest High School graduates, I support school choice including public, private, charter, and home schools. I have a history of advocating for all school options. We can have wonderful school choice options without defunding public schools.