I am running for school board because I am invested in this community and want to make sure that every child receives a high-quality education. I am proud that both of my children are a product of OCPS schools. I support school choice, but firmly believe that accountability goes hand in hand with choice. We need to make sure that every child is successful, able to graduate, and able to reach their full potential.
We have some wonderful choice programs within OCPS. That said, I would like to see dual enrollment expanded to include classes at every high school and both parents and students better educated on the benefits of career and technical education.
High-Quality Pre-K is vital to the success of our most vulnerable children. I will work toward implementation of a Pre-K program at every one of our elementary schools.
We need to continue to keep our schools safe and find a balance between discipline and educating our students. We need more certified Guidance Counselors whose sole focus should be the health and well-being of our children. I want our Guidance Counselors spending less time in the lunchroom and car lines and spending more time working with students who can benefit from their expertise in areas such as social skill development, career planning, and mental health counseling so our children can focus on learning
We need to listen and work together to find sustainable solutions to the teacher shortage we face. We need to put children first and understand that student success is directly linked to teacher quality.
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I believe in and support school choice. Parents should have the right to choose the best learning environment for their unique child. We have great schools in Orange County and parents overwhelming choose traditional public schools for their child. My goal is to ensure that each of our public schools is doing right by our students.
I strongly believe that schools receiving our tax dollars must be fiscally responsible. Every educational institution whether public or private that receives tax money should be held to the same high standards.
The only way we can ensure that every Orange County student is getting a high-quality uniform education is if we are able to compare apples to apples. All schools receiving tax dollars, whether directly or indirectly, should be assessed in the same manner. It’s not only fair-it’s the ONLY way we can accurately assess whether these schools are meeting the needs of our children.
We need more high-quality Pre-K providers. Research shows early interventions lead to greater success for children and this saves the district and state money in the long run. I would like to see every OCPS elementary school house a Pre-K program and I will work hard to see this vision implemented. We also need to make sure our children are Kindergarten ready by administering age appropriate observation-based assessments.
The baby boomers are retiring. It is expected that in the next several years we will lose 35% of our teachers to retirement. Currently, we simply do not have enough college students studying to become a teacher to fill those needs.
We must find innovative solutions to solve this problem. Students in Florida face many challenges on their way to graduation. Teachers are directly linked to student success. We need qualified teachers in our classrooms to ensure the success of our students.
We need to continue our efforts to make Orange County the safest schools in Florida. Our students and teachers deserve to work in a safe environment where the highest level of education can be achieved. We need to find the right balance between holding our children accountable and keeping all students safe. We need more certified school Guidance Counselors at every school whose main purpose is to focus on the well-being and health of students.
I’m encouraged that so many OCPS students are taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment program in high school. Did you know that OCPS students can graduate from high school with an AA degree in addition to their high school diploma? I support an expansion of the dual enrollment program with classes offered at every high school so that all students have equal access and are afforded the same choices as their peers.
The vision of OCPS is to be the top producer of successful students in the nation. To achieve this, we need to love and serve children FIRST and create an innovative culture that is child-centered to ensure that every child is successful and graduates regardless of socioeconomic background.
OCPS students are very fortunate to be able to choose from many different programs while attending school. I am a big believer that not every child needs to go the college route. Career and Technical Education provides students with the academic and technical skills needed to obtain a certification which prepares them for a wide range of high wage, high skilled, high demand jobs.
We need to educate parents and students on what OCPS has to offer. Too many children are coming out of colleges in debt. We must help families understand that there are amazing and challenging alternatives to attending a four-year state college or university.
The relationship between parents, teachers, and the district is so important to the success of our students. We know there is a direct correlation between the quality of the teacher and the success of a student. We need to really listen to one another and understand each other’s unique perspectives because only together will we create the healthy climate that encourages learning at the highest level.
With the exception of technology, our classrooms haven’t changed much in the last 50 years but the world we live in sure has. We need to be creative and innovative when seeking solutions on how to best educate our children. We need to engage in personalized learning.
Not every child learns the same way and we must make sure that each child’s needs are met and that teachers can teach. We have become too regimented in our expectations of teachers and how they teach. We need to restore flexibility in our classrooms and allow our teachers to teach.