Our family has lived in Snohomish County for more than 20 years. My children attend the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and Jackson High School and Heatherwood Middle School in the Everett school district.
Advocating for children and education is my passion. I have experience shaping educational policy, serving as a School Board Director for the Edmonds School District in 2014. In that role I helped to increase the recurring teaching and learning budget by $800,000 to allow for regular textbook replacement, ensuring that students receive the most up to date information and to align the district with national guidelines. I also worked to develop a comprehensive school garden policy that gave all schools the access and tools to establish school gardens to engage students with hands on learning in science, math and nutrition. I worked to make schools safe and inclusive for all students and to address disparities that can negatively impact students throughout their educational journey. In addition, I used my position to advocate for students facing unthinkable challenges that stalled their educational progress, helping them gain access to alternative educational opportunities to complete high school.
I also have years of experience serving public schools as a parent volunteer and community member.
In 2004 I created Seaview elementary school’s first chess club which regularly sent children to compete at the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship and the U.S. Elementary Chess Championship, and helped to improve academic and behavioral success of student participants. The club served as a model for other schools in the district who then started their own clubs. I went on to join the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship (WSECC) board of directors planning and executing a successful elementary championship chess tournament in Western Washington that included both public and private school students.
My experience in elected office began when I was elected the first African American, fifth woman and youngest student body president in the history of Oregon State University. Soon after I was appointed by the Governor as a student representative to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
As a former Aerospace Program Manager, I was the lead negotiator for audio systems long term contracts, product support agreements and special business agreements. I developed negotiation strategies based upon supplier proposal analysis and I documented procurement decisions, created contract correspondence and administered contract changes between the company and suppliers. In addition, I lead a cross-functional team that built project support across multiple organizations.
As an African American woman I bring a perspective of inclusion to the school district. I've had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many diverse groups, including communities of color, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, first generation college students and the LGBTQ+ community.
As a member of the Everett School Board I will work to provide every student with a learning environment that fosters educational excellence.