IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE
Students, teachers, parents, voters
Our stakeholders deserve someone who will fight for them, and who has walked in their shoes. As a recent graduate of the school system ('19), son of two educators, and sibling of two brothers in the system, I have the real-life experience to advocate for much-needed change. I am "By the Schools, and for the Schools"
An advocate since the beginning
I can remember the first campaign I ran: Vice President of Mrs. Welch's 3rd-grade class. Ever since then, I've been passionate about creating change in our schools and community. Over the years I have spoken to countless legislators, testified in front of the school board, and led dozens of organizations all in an effort to better our future.
I've walked these halls
I started PreK in 2006 at Appeal Elementary and continued my educational career in Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS). Entering PreK through a language learning program (Infants and Toddlers), I was serviced by an IEP (speech/language) throughout my entire education. From Dowell Elementary to Southern & Mill Creek Middle, and graduating from Patuxent High, I've experienced pressing issues first hand. I was in 6th grade when the tragedy at Sandy Hook occurred, and was a junior when that reality hit too close to home (Great Mills HS). Being raised in the era of technology, increased bullying, increased testing, and constantly changing centralized curriculum has given me a unique insight into our schools. We need policymakers who have actually lived through the effects of current legislation, instead of just hearing about it from a second-hand perspective. It means one thing to ceremonially walk through the schools once a year; it means another to learn in the building every single day. "Be the change that you want to see in the world" -Gandhi
Teaching runs in my blood
The value of a community will be measured by the quality of its school system, and the teachers practicing within it. Without my teachers and support staff, I know that I would never have been able to read, write, talk, or walk. Our teachers are selfless, dedicated, and passionate about creating better lives for the students with whom they work. They deserve a board that knows their worth and fights alongside them. Without supporting our best-in-class educators, our school system will only continue to fall in rank. I come from a line of educators. My mother currently works inside of CCPS. Every night I hear the struggle that they go through-- the torment that they are subject to, just to work in a job that they love. The responsibility of the job and demands from the administration is continuously increasing, meanwhile, the take-home-pay hasn't been raised in years. Our teachers feel belittled, harassed, and unappreciated by leadership. They are irreplaceable heroes but are treated like washed-up rag dolls. That will change under my watch. I will be a voice for teachers.
I still remember the day Cooper was born. My grandma and I drove up to Calvert Memorial so I could get a T-shirt from the store across the street that said "Big Brother". I was so proud, but I believe that feely quickly went away when I realized I was no longer the center of attention.
We don't realize how hard it hurts until it affects your family. Throughout my educational career, I was a frequent target of bullying. I didn't realize how prevalent the issue still is until my brother (Cooper), who is a freshman, came home in tears because he was teased. That's when I knew I had to do something. A kid who never cries is now coming home every day upset. This relationship puts me in a unique position to stay in the know with what's going on in the schools in which I grew up.
My step-brother, Demetreous, was a part of the foster care system until he was 13. Having lived in various areas, being a student in dozens of different schools, and being served with an IEP, he has tackled an abundance of adversity throughout his life. Now he is an AP student on the honor roll. He is an example of how the system can work, but still too many kids are falling through the cracks.
A lot of the issues students are facing now are the same issues with which I dealt. I know what it feels like to be in their shoes, and I know what it's like to love someone who is affected by school policy every day. While I'm not a parent, I am a concerned brother.
ADVOCACY IN MOTION
Speaking in front of the BOE
Marching for educational funding in 2018
Testifying in front of the BOE
Testifying in front of the BOE
Participating in a march for school safety
Leading a walkout for school safety
A day in Annapolis
Meeting with a group of students asking for their opinion on issues
Meeting Governor Hogan in 2018
The street view from the educational funding march in 2019
Written testimony sent to BOE
Meeting with nominee for Lt Gov
Meeting with a group of fellow young activist
Sitting on a task force for Gov Hogan
Meeting with a State BOE member
WHAT I STAND FOR
Building well-rounded students
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
We can win this election and save our system. We can send a product of our schools to lead the schools but we can't do it without you. Teachers, parents, students, and community members must unite to retake our system. Whether you can volunteer, donate, or simply share our message on social media, you play an important role in reforming our kids' future and education. I need your vote and support-- this campaign will not succeed without it.