I am a wife, a mother to four beautiful children, and an educator. My husband John and I met in Charlottesville when I moved here for graduate school. We were married in 2010, started our family, and in 2012 I received my PhD in cognitive psychology from UVA. I’m passionate about education and am thrilled to be back at UVA teaching psychology part-time in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, where I also have the privilege of mentoring students in their Capstone projects.
I grew up in Virginia and went to public schools for K-12. My parents instilled in me an appreciation for public education, and John and I knew we would send our children to local schools as well. When our oldest child was three months old, we bought our first house only after having thoroughly researched the local school districts. Five years later, our oldest started kindergarten at our chosen elementary school, and two years later her little sister followed. Each year at that school validated our decision to move here: it was (and is!) an excellent school.
However, in 2020 as schools began to slowly reopen after Covid, I began to wake up to what was happening in our district. I watched School Board meetings and was shocked by how dismissive our School Board members were of parents’ concerns. By the middle of the 2020/2021 school year, my husband and I had lost all faith that the School Board had our children’s best interests at heart, and we made the difficult decision to remove our children from ACPS.
We loved our school. It was painful to leave. But we didn’t leave our school; we left this School Board.
In Albemarle County we have buses arriving hours late, violence in our schools, a widening achievement gap, an overall lowering of standards, teachers whose workloads are increasing at greater rates than their pay, and (not surprisingly) teachers and families leaving in droves… and we have a School Board that doesn’t listen.
I want to change that.
I want to restore common sense and accountability to Albemarle County Public Schools.
I would love for you to join me in the fight for our schools.