As a member of the Calvert County School Board, I will strongly advocate for programs that will support:
STUDENT WELLNESS - The mental health needs of our students are growing, but our mental health services are not growing at the pace required to keep up. In addition to additional mental health staff, we need increased professional development to curb bullying, anxiety, depression and crisis management in an effort to better support students in distress.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION - As a county that prides itself on inclusion and committed to equity, there are too many students who do not feel safe or welcome in their schools due to their race or socio-economic status as demonstrated in the most recent Maryland School Survey. Continuing to allocate resources to creating more inclusive classrooms is important to demonstrate a true commitment to diversity.
SUPPORT - Calvert County is blessed with amazing educators that dedicate themselves to our children. However, we are at risk of seeing these teachers leave our educational system, or the profession entirely, due to the perceived lack of community support.