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Why I’m Running for Re-Election

December 2, 2011

I grew up in a family that put high value on both education and public service. My mother was a teacher and my father a lawyer. They always expected me to aim high and do my best, whatever the challenge. As a teenager, I had the opportunity to broaden my education through travel and study in Europe. This experience helped shape my appreciation for what we can learn from one another and the importance of a quality education for every child to our shared future.

Early in my career, I was given responsibilities that required that I apply my limited computer skills. I discovered, much to my surprise, that I had a knack for this kind of work and pursued further studies
in the field. Since that time, I have come to reconcile the apparent contradiction between my Liberal Arts background in languages, literature, history and art and my technical avocation – the sciences need imagination and instinct in the equation and the arts require discipline and structure as infrastructure for their creation.

With four children, I knew that I would have at least one child in the school system for the next twenty years.  I needed be involved in the educational process at every instructional level if they were to be successful. I began by volunteering in the classroom and moved on to serve on PTA’s and the CAC in order to increase my understanding of the school system’s goals and objectives, delivery systems and long term plans. When the last of my children moved on to college, I decided to run for a seat on the Board in order to apply my experience, perspective and skills to  expand services to support students facing challenges, eliminate the achievement gap between student groups, and improve the educational outcomes for every child.

We must prepare this generation of students to be confident enough in their ability to acquire, adapt and adjust that they can take on the challenge of managing the world that we will leave them and forging a future that can be passed along to those that follow. Equipping each of them with the skills to use technology efficiently and effectively, compete on a global stage and apply critical thinking and analysis to decision making and action are vital to their success. However, if these skills are developed in a vacuum that ignores the human context acquired through the study of history, literature, philosophy and the arts, that success may be empty. The character of a people is revealed in their treatment of the most vulnerable among us, and if our ultimate objective is not the improvement of the human condition, the future may well be forfeit.

I ran for the Board of Education to help provide Howard County students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. I’m running again because we are nowhere near finished that work and I embrace the challenge of continuing it.

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