In order for you to understand why I feel an education can change a person’s life, you need to know my personal story. I ran away from an abusive home at the age of ten, and was raised in the Boys & Girls Home in Winnabow until I graduated from high school. After high school I attended college at UNCW, and ultimately received my Masters Degree and Doctorate Degrees from the University of South Carolina and Eastern Carolina University. So, I guess you could say education took me from the welfare rolls to a leadership role.
For me, education isn’t just another talking point on a long list of issues. Education opened doors for me, and it can do the same for anyone who is willing to put in the time an effort to learn. I want to help the children of Brunswick County achieve their dreams.
As a former school administrator, I continually fought against budget cuts and aggressively advocated for teacher salary increases and the addition of guidance counselors at the elementary level. If elected, I intend to be vocal advocate for education in North Carolina.
How does this effect you?
The future of Brunswick County depends on its schools. A well-educated workforce attracts quality jobs. More good jobs mean a higher living standard. A higher living standard means higher real estate values and a bigger tax base. A bigger tax base means better infrastructure and more public services. When our schools excel, we all benefit.