Related affiliations and roles:
Vice President of the Delaware Board of Nursing,
Public Member of the Council on Real Estate Appraisers
Are you currently a school board member? (Y/N)
How many school board meetings did you attend last year?
Within the last year, I believe I have missed three or fewer meetings.
Brief background bio (a single paragraph):
I am a Seaford native. I am married to a Seaford graduate and we will be married 18 years this September. We have three sons in the district with one being in the Autism program. I hold a Master's degree in Nursing and teach future Nurses at a local college. I obtained my Practical Nursing Studies, Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Nursing from Delaware Technical Community College. I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters degrees from Wilmington University. I am currently in my Doctoral program at Delaware State University for Leadership in Higher Education with a graduation date set for next year.
My vision is for every child in our district and anywhere to receive an equal and equitable education. In my district, we have low-income families and many families that are English as second language learners. We must meet students' basic needs through a holistic approach for them to benefit from the education they are receiving. Children's learning is disrupted when they are hungry, cold, scared, sad or have other psychosocial need that needs to be met.
I see our district continuing to go in the right direction by providing education through professional development for our educators. For educators to support our children, they too need to be supported.
As an educator in higher education, I have the lens of a teacher. This allows me to be objective and use my knowledge in education to make wise decisions. As a nurse of 18 years, I look at situations through a process called the Nursing Process. I can apply it to the district as well. This process requires an assessment of the situation, development of a plan to correct the problem, implementation of interventions, and evaluation for effectiveness.
As a parent in the district, any decision I make affects my children and me as their parent. I know how it feels to Zoom with my children while working full time. I am empathetic to what parents are dealing with and compassionate. I care about my district and the people in it. Being a parent, an educator and a nurse provide me with knowledge and understanding that I can apply in the board room.
Our district was one of the first schools to return to school in a hybrid format this school year. This allowed families that elected the hybrid format to attend school face to face two days a week and remote the other days. Currently, many of our elementary and middle school students are attending school face to face four days a week. Opening the schools five days a week will be determined by our Governor, Department of Education, and Delaware Public Health. Our district leaders receive guidance from our state agencies and then disseminate that information to us board members. This will allow us to make an educated decision on what we are voting for related to opening schools.
No. Though we have great educators in my district, every district can improve in every area. No school district should be complacent with its current results and should always look at ways to improve.
As a board member, I have many responsibilities. One of my responsibilities is to ensure that Board Policies are maintained. I also listen to the direction that the Superintendent, which the board supervises and hired, wants to take the district. I offer input when warranted. Other responsibilities are to vote on the monthly budget, annual budget, school calendar, review personnel, and legal issues, etc.
As a board member, I wear many hats. I represent the community where I reside. I answer questions or find the answer when community members have questions or concerns. I support the district by offering thoughts and ideas on different topics that are presented. I support the educators and staff that work so hard to make sure the school district is successful and last but not least our youngest state holders, I advocate for their needs being met. With every decision I make, I reflect on how my decision benefits and affects our stakeholders.
Every child deserves an excellent education. That great education should not be subjective but truly equal and equitable. Educational goals for children may be the same but, we need to ensure that all children make it to that goal? We have to have the funding to support and promote these efforts. What I have learned during this pandemic is the school provides not only education to students but food, warmth, security, and affection. Educators give so much of themselves. They need support to reach the students that are not starting at the same starting line as their peers.