My 2023 Retirement Announcement

Dear Community,

As your Braddock District School Board Member since 2012, I am announcing my decision to retire from this position when my current term ends on December 31st, 2023. Because I will not be seeking re-election in November, I wanted to publicly share this news with all of you first. 

It continues to be a joy and a privilege to serve our highly-engaged and caring community that values our public schools. I have also been deeply honored by your tremendous support throughout my tenure. However after more than 15 years of service (three terms as your School Board Member and previously as a community advocate), I believe it is the right time to provide an opportunity for others to carry on this important work. Please be assured that I will continue to work hard every day to help strengthen our public schools and serve our Braddock District residents.

Throughout my time on the Board, my singular goal has remained the same: to help FCPS fulfill its mission to be a premiere school system where all students can reach their full potential. I have consistently championed the need for data-driven decisions, stronger accountability, greater transparency, and robust community engagement. I firmly believe these actions are paramount for building and sustaining public trust in our school system, as well as successfully serving our students, families, and employees.

As your School Board Member, I have always worked hard to promote continuous improvement within our school system. This has often required asking the tough questions. While it hasn’t been easy at times, I am proud of the collective decisions and changes that have occurred during my tenure. Some of these include:

  • ensuring the strategic deployment of FCPS’ annual $3B+ budget
  • implementing more competitive compensation to attract and retain high-quality teachers and staff
  • hiring and/or supervising the work of five Superintendents 
  • establishing an independent Office of the Auditor General
  • implementing Later High School Start Times
  • instituting Full-Day Mondays for Elementary School Students
  • implementing Middle School Recess
  • reforming the student discipline system (SR&R), including the addition of Restorative Justice practices
  • improving Early Literacy and Dyslexia instruction
  • improving instruction and delivery of the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) and Young Scholars Program
  • restoring upper-level high school honors courses in English/Social Studies
  • developing FCPS’ Portrait of a Graduate
  • constructing FCPS’ first Strategic Plan
  • providing healthier school meals for students, and implementing a summer meals program
  • instituting curriculum enhancements for ESOL students
  • adding over 35 pre-K classrooms
  • implementing stronger environmentally friendly operational practices
  • protecting LGBTQIA+ students and staff through our non-discrimination policy

As with any complex, large organization, there is always room for improvement. However, there is much to be hopeful about FCPS. Our schools continue to offer rigorous instruction from highly-dedicated and talented teachers and staff. Our schools also strive every day to create a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment. With your continued help and support, I am confident FCPS’ legacy for excellence will continue to thrive. 

Thank you again for this incredible opportunity to serve you and our Braddock District Community. 

Warmest wishes,



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