I'm a dedicated husband and father to four kids, three of whom attend Wake County Public Schools. I bring more than 12 years of leadership as a Veteran of the US Air Force and now as a pilot for a major airline. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Business, and a Master's Degree in Political Science. I have managed $36 billion in contracts for the Department of Defense. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and others. Besides managing large budgets, I also managed staff. Working with people, and understanding budgets are two key skills I will utilize to work with various needs, and to help manage school funding.
While serving on an ecclesiastical mission in Venezuela from 1998-2000 and saw first-hand the devastation that happens to a country when the people are stripped of their rights to remain informed and educated. This reinforced my love for our freedoms - a passion I hope to share with all of the families and students in Wake County.
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Textbooks with digital editions would provide transparency for parents, and consistency for students. As a Wake County parent, the lack of textbooks has made it difficult to track my children’s materials, and has resulted in curriculum changes at whim. In order for parents to partner with teachers, we need a more traditional approach to education - we must stop experimentation in favor of proven education methods.
My 5th grader was struggling in math. Through our hard work and some incredible teachers, he caught up ... that is, until he began MVP Math in Wake County.
A lot of money later, and thanks to the help of a prominent tutoring program, he's back on track and doing well. We were lucky - luck is not a winning educational strategy for WCPSS.
I know most Wake parents share my frustration. Very little research was conducted prior to the implementation of MVP curriculum, and even less transparency or information was given to Wake families. Performance has declined and students are falling behind. We need School Board members who value parental input and aren't afraid of transparency.
I support legislation currently in the House and Senate which directs the school district to be transparent with sensitive curriculum materials. Parents should be asked for consent before materials regarding reproductive, mental, emotional health are presented in the classroom.
The Head of Child Advocacy at Harvard recently wrote, the real detriment to children's schooling during the COVID pandemic is not lack of social interaction, lack of in- person instruction, or lack of rigorous educational challenges. Rather, the problem is the "powerless" (our children) are under the influence of the "powerful" (parents). I do not share this belief.
I trust and believe in Wake's parents, teachers, and counselors. We need school board leadership which empowers educators and parents alike. Give educators the resources needed to succeed, and involve parents in the educational decisions affecting their kids.
Current Wake School Board leaders have sacrificed transparency for personal agenda. They have marginalized concerned parents and teachers in decisions about reassignments, curriculum content, teacher training.
School board members must welcome ideas and concerns from parents and teachers. As your District 8 representative, I will be accessible and responsive to your concerns as we partner together to make Wake County public schools a strong and equitable institution for children, parents, and teachers.
It's time to vote for school board leadership which encourages transparency, accountability, parental empowerment, and educational excellence!
Encourage your neighbors to come out and vote for change!
Wake County is the fastest growing in the nation, and District 8 continues to lead that growth trend. With so much growth, we need leaders who value a common sense approach to education.
I was educated in the public school system, and so are my children. As a military family, we have lived all over the country witnessing many successful public school systems, and also many unsuccessful. I am excited to bring fresh ideas from my experiences to the Wake County School Board to make common sense changes. Our children are not a social experiment - we need to return to traditional education.