I am an education professional fighting for all children in New Hanover County. Every child deserves a quality education and along with the resources needed to support this goal. Imagine my shock upon returning to my home town of Wilmington three years ago and discovering that New Hanover County Schools seem to have gone back in time, with at least 5 of its schools failing and a couple more on the verge. Almost a third of the districts students are performing below grade level. I am running for the New Hanover County School Board in order to create school policy that will change the course of our district and turn it into a place where all children are given the maximum opportunity to be successful in their schools and in their lives.
I grew up in Swansboro, a small coastal village just north of Wilmington. I became an educator after earning a BA degree with a double major in history and communications along with a MA in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I lived in Wilmington for eighteen years and taught social studies at Laney High School throughout the 1990's. My two oldest children went through the entire New Hanover County School system, from kindergarten to graduation. Seventeen years ago I had to leave the area so family members could receive long term medical treatment in the Raleigh area and ended up not returning to what I consider my home, Wilmington, until I retired several years ago.
While living in other parts of the state I continued my career as an educator in a variety of settings. Professionally I have served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator.
Another reason I have a strong personal interest in the success of New Hanover County Schools is that I have two grandchildren who currently live in the home with me while their mother is pursuing her studies to become a nurse. Both are students attending New Hanover County Schools.
My main lifelong professional focus has been on making life better for all children through education, no matter what their life circumstances. As a member of the New Hanover County School Board I will continue to fight to achieve this goal.