I’m pleased to serve as your District 4 representative to the CMS Board of Education.
As your representative, I’m committed to listening and responding to your ideas and concerns as parents, students, and community members in Charlotte’s eastside. You can reach me by email or by voice/text at 980-292-0554.
Here are my comments from the dias at the December 12th meeting:
I’ve spent a lot of time addressing this body from the other side of dais. It’s an honor to be on this side! – especially with colleagues and staff who care so deeply about the education of all children in our community. I’m grateful to the many people who supported my campaign and to the many thought-partners, organizers, and advocates who push the system to improve CMS for ALL for children.
Last week, at the Community Building Initiative breakfast, I picked up a hand fan containing the quote “Be hard on institutions and soft on people.”
It seems a timely message for me, as a new board member. I will work to improve the policy and practice of our school SYSTEM, while supporting staff in their work.
I want us to examine our institutional biases that determine how resources and opportunities are distributed across the district, confront those biases, and mitigate their effects. What implicit bias is at play when an elementary school lacks a talent development coordinator, or when middle school students lack access to advanced math, foreign language, and arts classes? We must confront and remedy the disproportionately harsh discipline meted out to our African American students. The Board’s recent policy to curtail suspensions for k-2 students is a good start. Let’s build on that.
We have much to celebrate in CMS.
• Idlewilde Elementary was named the number one magnet school in America!
• Shamrock Gardens and Oakhurst STEAM are known as models of energized parent involvement.
• Community partners give generously of their time, talent and treasure to support our schools and families — from McPIE at McClintock Middle to Grove Park neighbors tutoring at Joseph Grier Elementary.
We have talented staff. And, we have parents and caregivers who entrust our system with their hopes and dreams as embodied in their children.
I look forward to working with my colleagues and those on the County Commission, City Council and town boards. CMS needs these partners to be all-in to support the housing, health, and economic mobility of our community’s families.