What is your current job and title?
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, currently working at ECU as a staff counselor at the ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development.
What is your highest level of education?
Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy
If you're elected or re-elected, what will be your top priority? Why?
My top priorities as a member of the Pitt County Board of Education focus on supporting teachers, maintaining and improving facilities, and encouraging collaboration among all involved in public education, including local and state elected officials, school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members.
When our teachers are supported, our students will be well taken care of. When our facilities are maintained, everyone inside those buildings feels safe and valued and is able to operate at their optimum capacity. When all involved collaborate, our community thrives because each person sees that their role is important to the success of not only students, but each and every piece of our thriving community.
If you're elected or re-elected, how will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?
Meeting and having meaningful conversations with constituents has been the best part of campaigning. I value each person’s experiences, challenges, successes, and concerns. I will continue to be present at local events, the schools, and in the community. I want to know what is important to the people that I represent. Their ideas and needs, along with facts and research, should all be taken into consideration as policies and procedures that affect our schools are discussed.
Why should voters choose you for the position you're running for?
I am from Pitt County, I graduated from Pitt County Schools, and my children attend Pitt County Schools. I am invested in this community! I see the importance of collaboration, and I am willing to have difficult conversations in order to make decisions that are best for the students and staff of Pitt County Schools. I have learned so much about what is going on in our schools by showing up, being engaged, and supporting the work that is being done. I am a parent representative on the School Improvement Team at my children’s school, an active member of the PTA, and a graduate of the Parent Engagement Program with Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County.
Which three things about you do you most want voters to know?
Good things are happening in our schools, and I truly believe in the work of our schools, and the incredible impact of our public schools on the entire community.
I show up and will continue to show up to lead and serve in Pitt County Schools.
This work cannot be done alone. I want to work collaboratively with my fellow board members, teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members to best serve the students of Pitt County.
Is there anything else about you that you wish to tell voters?
I am not running for Pitt County Board of Education because of my children, I am running because of ALL of the children in Pitt County. Schools, ALL public schools, should meet the needs of each child so that they are able to achieve academic success. I am running for Board of Education to ensure that I am doing my part to make our schools the strongest they can be for each child in Pitt County.