I am currently a government policy analyst. I have over 20 years of management and leadership experience in the U.S Military, the private sector, and Government. I have a PhD in communication from Georgia State, a Master's of Public Health from Emory, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue.
I have been active in the Parkview Cluster since my kids first walked through the door of Camp Creek Elementary. I have been an Odyssey of the Mind coach at both Trickum Middle School and Camp Creek Elementary, I served two years on the Camp Creek School Council, I've been a timer for the Parkview Swim Team and drove trucks for the Parkview Marching Band. Being involved with my kids' schools has been one of the greatest joys of my life!
First and foremost, because I love Gwinnett County Schools. I love the spirt at Friday night football games (and at Saturday morning swim meets!). I love the incredible diversity of the GCPS community, and I love how much my children have thrived at GCPS schools. GCPS is a great school system and I think we can even be better!
Since day one, my campaign has been about improving academic achievement at Gwinnett County Public Schools. I often cite the recent U.S. News and World Report that shows that only about 44% of GPCS High School students are proficient in math while 60% are proficient in reading. College readiness for the district is at 33%. All of these numbers are unacceptable. My #1 priority is to improve all those scores. Until we get the basics right, I don’t think we should be focusing on much else.
GCPS teachers are the best. They have performed magnificently during the challenging last two years. If I am elected, I will prioritize efforts to strengthen and expand the teacher pipeline and promote efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers possible...and pay them what they deserve.
There are massive gaps in how well different GCPS schools are preparing our children. For example, in one Gwinnett high school the mathematics proficiency is 74% and Reading proficiency is 86% but in another GCPS high school those numbers fall to 26% and 38% respectively. As a school board member, I would focus on reducing these performance gaps so that ALL Gwinnett students have a chance to succeed academically at the highest level.
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