My story and why I’m running
I grew up in Prince William County and have lived here most of my life, attending both public and private school. My mom is a retired teacher and principal for Prince William County Schools, and my dad is a retired Prince William County Police Officer. From a young age, I was taught the value of public service and the importance of community.
I met my husband – an Army combat veteran – while we attended the same High School here in the County. After he was injured in Afghanistan and retired, we chose to settle down here permanently to raise our three boys. I started volunteering at our children’s schools: in the classroom, front office, lunchroom, and library, and on the PTO. Later, I had the opportunity to serve as PTO President and on the Advisory Council. By volunteering, I was able to connect with so many families in our community, and get to know the students, teachers, staff and administrators at the schools our children attend.
When COVID hit, I watched as the school system’s shut down of in-person learning took a huge emotional and mental toll on my 3 boys and so many of their classmates. Together with other parents, I went to the School Board to demand that our children resume in-person learning, and then to demand an end of the mask mandate in school and on the sports field so that our children could resume a normal childhood.
I watched for years while the school system made decisions that negatively impacted the learning, social development, and emotional well being of my children and countless others. Like so many of the parents I’ve met and spoken with, I know that our children deserve so much better. That’s why I’m running for School Board: to be a strong voice for parents, to always ask the tough questions, and ensure that our children receive the world-class education they deserve.