Education is the foundation for economic mobility, individual pride and lifelong appreciation for learning. I am running for the Charleston County School Board because I believe it is our responsibility to create a better future for our children. As an educator and parent, I believe the impact our decisions will have on every child, every day should be the central focus in each conversation we have about our school system. When we make decisions about the budget, personnel, district partnerships and business operations, the question we should be asking is: What is the difference this will make for children?
As a single mother, I only get one opportunity to put all the right conditions in place for my daughter to succeed. That’s all any of us get – one chance. One lifetime to do the greatest good for everyone who comes after us.
My job at a minority-owned small business led me to this great city to engage the communities it served, a job I was honored to perform. By supporting local nonprofits, K-12 schools, children’s sporting events, and causes close to my heart and to the hearts of our employees, I have been a partner and a committed advocate. My work in community engagement and my commitment to equity in education led me back to my first passion, and I transitioned to work full time as an education advocate.
While earning my M.A. in curriculum and instruction, I taught English in the Mississippi Delta. There, I learned firsthand the devastating effects that inequity and lack of community voice can have on children and families. That experience lit a fire in me that has continued to burn and has shown up in the work I’ve done over the last decade.
As a product of an inner-city where great people worked every day to support a growing economy, yet didn’t experience the financial success and economic mobility that it could have brought, I know too well of the challenges North Charleston faces. I know the cost of continuing down the same path, doing little to change educational outcomes for students.
My mother is the strongest and bravest person I know. She instilled in me that with hard work, sacrifice, and God all things are possible. For me, no issue is too small and no one is insignificant. We have a responsibility to do better for our children. Together, we can help them accomplish their wildest dreams!