In advance of the People's Alliance PAC endorsement meeting, which will take place on March 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m., the PA PAC has made the candidates' statements to PA PAC available. Each candidates' name is a link to the candidate;s resume. Candidates provided resumes to the current members of the School Board and the link goes to the Board of Education website. We encourage members who will attend the endorsement meeting to review these documents in advance of the meeting.
Public education is at the foundation of a healthy democratic society. By providing a high quality education to ALL children, regardless or race, background, or zip code we are giving them the tools to follow their dreams, engage in meaningful work, and be well-informed citizens. Through public education, we also have the opportunity to provide children with the tools to recognize their shared humanity and to respect and celebrate their differences. in doing this, we build their capacity to empathize with one another and be in community with each other. I want to work toward this vision on the DPS Board of Education.
In this role, I commit to investing in our students and schools, valuing our educators, and committing to equity-based policies that affirm the dignity and potential of every child. As such, I plan to prioritize:
- Ensuring that every school has strong leadership,
- Providing educators with the time, support, compensation, and benefits they need to
- Expanding social and emotional learning and restorative justice efforts,
- Increasing the number of counselors, social workers, and nurses in schools,
- Expanding the Community Schools model to more schools, and
- Providing all four-year olds in the district with high quality, culturally responsive Pre-K.
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Service and social justice have been driving forces in my life from a young age, fostering my desire to seek out volunteer opportunities as well as my career as a public school teacher. Throughout my teaching career I sought professional development experiences and conversations that challenged me and helped me grow my understanding of students both as people and as learners. I believe that good affordable housing, quality education, nutritious food, and safety are all human rights, and every person is deserving of respect. These values shaped the content I taught, the experiences I curated, the classroom culture I worked to build, and the things I advocated for. I believe my core beliefs align with the goals and values of the People’s Alliance.
Importantly, I explicitly recognize my place of privilege as a white middle class straight woman, and work to find ways to use my privilege to elevate the voices and experiences of those who may not have a platform. I believe that listening, learning, and acknowledging are central to being an effective and supportive ally. I would work to represent all voices and advocate for efforts that further supporting equitable experiences for students and families in DPS.
I offer a few highlights from my professional experience that I hope will demonstrate a resonance with People’s Alliance values.
- The son of a member of the American Federation of Teachers, I arrived in Durham in 1991 with experience as a student school board member and great appreciation for organized labor.
- As an educator I have taught, coached, and mentored multiple Muslim, gay, lesbian, and transgender students, maintaining relationships with many beyond graduation.
- I have participated in REI’s racial equity training and been trained as an equity-oriented leader as a former member of the Riverside High SIT Team, where I actively advocated for the recruitment of bi-lingual counselors and supported our principal in her efforts to develop a grow-our-own program to encourage under-represented groups to pursue careers in education.
- As a nominating committee co-chair, I have worked with ECWA’s executive director to improve gender and ethnic diversity of board and staff, informed by an ongoing dialogue with my mentor and brother Guy Primus in his efforts to expand board diversity through The Board Challenge.
- As a consultant, I continue to work with Dr. Richard White the Mayo Clinic’s HOPE2 project to improve mental health outcomes for Florida’s Hispanic communities.