I am a product of the public school system and a first generation college graduate. I understand the impact a quality public education has on an individual, a family and the community.
I was born in Chicago, raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. I moved to Charlotte as an adult after meeting my husband. His job later took us to Pennsylvania where we lived for two years. When we had the opportunity to move back to this area, we jumped at it. The Carolinas have always felt like home.
At that stage in our life, we had two young children. When searching for the right community to move to, the reputation of the public school system in the area was a top priority. Once hearing about Fort Mill, we knew this was the place we belonged. Our daughter has attended three elementary schools and now a middle school in Fort Mill. Our son has attended two elementary schools here. Since moving back, we gave birth to our third child, and he will enter kindergarten this year. Each year, as I meet their teachers and walk through the halls in their schools, I am certain that our decision to move here was the right one.
I value the role that schools and teachers play in empowering children to reach their true potential and excel in life. I believe that the most effective educational experience is one in which elected officials, administrators and parents partner with teachers. This has led me to always do my part and volunteer with the PTO or PTA in each of the schools my children have attended. I have also served as room mom, volunteered in the classroom and participated in or helped champion causes throughout our community including a highly successful backpack drive where funds were raised and supplies were gathered to equip classrooms and fill and distribute more than 75 backpacks for at-need children.