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I’m very excited to announce my candidacy for Framingham School Committee representing the newly created District 5 which comprises Precincts 8 and 12.
My first venture into elected office began this past April as I was elected to Town Meeting proudly representing Precinct 8. In addition; recently I have been nominated to sit on the education sub-committee and serve as the vice-chairperson.
As an introduction, currently I’m employed in the Maynard Public Schools as a permanent substitute teacher at the Fowler School which houses grades 4-7. As any educator, parent, or guardian of a child in this age group can attest, it can be both personally rewarding and challenging. I would consider it a beautiful mission not a job.
In addition, I have two children ages 14 and 21. My 14 year old son is autistic and in inclusion/SPED classes, therefore, I have some knowledge of special needs procedures in public schools. My daughter is currently studying graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design.
Upon graduating Framingham South High in 1987, I attended The University of Texas at Austin where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Government.
In 2007, I was called up to active duty from the Army Reserves in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I served as a Human Resources Specialist in an Engineer Battalion for three years at Fort Hood, Texas. Shortly after my active duty service I moved back to Massachusetts and retired from the Army Reserves in 2013.
I wholeheartedly believe all children deserve a quality and equitable public education.
During its history Framingham has attracted ambitious, hard working people from around the world. This has been integral to our identity and strength which has created the tapestry of diversity we see presently. At the heart of this is our public school system. I believe with thoughtful, collaborative planning, strengthening community partnerships, and responsible stewardship of tax payer dollars, will result in sound investments in our children. We must assure our students will be prepared to enter an ever-changing workforce which will have long lasting economic and cultural impacts on our city, the Metro West region and beyond.
My vision for our school system is deeply rooted from my upbringing. I’m a product of a hard working, tenacious, and principled single mother who instilled in me the importance of education to create opportunities for success. She overcame many obstacles including segregated schools and limited opportunities in Florida to migrate north in search of a better life. An entrepreneur at heart, she owned a successful travel agency in Downtown Framingham during the mid 1980’s till the early 2000’s. My late father also believed education was the key to knowledge and success. Despite growing up facing extreme poverty and limited opportunities on the Caribbean Island of Antigua he immigrated to the U.S at age 18. He too was able to overcome obstacles here in America to eventually work his way up in the microfilm industry to venture out on his own.
As we make this historic transition to a City, Framingham deserves new voices on our School Committee. I believe my experiences as well as my unique skill set working in the military and public education will bring a different perspective to our schools.
If elected I would be honored to serve in the best interests of our children-our most precious resource.
Please support my candidacy and vision for the future by voting for me on Tuesday, November 7th 2017.