Education has the potential to change lives for the better. To provide opportunity. To eradicate injustices. My mission is to ensure what’s possible becomes reality so that every school is strong, every classroom excellent and every kid gets a fair shot at life.
I believe that public eduction is one of the most fundamental ways that we live into the American value of opportunity for all. But with access to critical educational resources still being too often dependent on a child's zip code, that is not yet our American reality. I am honored to be part of an effort to create a more equitable public education system, starting with the most essential part of the equation: the teachers and school leaders who do this work every day.
I’ve felt the difference one effective teacher makes for a student or a classroom. I’ve also seen the weight the students carry when they don’t have that strong teacher. I was lucky to be born into a family that valued education, a family full of educators themselves, a family that sought out learning environments that were diverse and where strong educators were plentiful. I am humbled that as a part of Best in Class team, my job is to amplify the number of students who have access to those strong, effective, diverse teachers and school leaders.
One educator in rural Missouri changed the trajectory of my life by, as the story has been told to me, ‘forcing my father’ to fill out a college application. College opened opportunities to my father that were previously unavailable. I believe strongly in the power of individual educators to positively impact lives for generations.
A quality, public education is the great equalizer in life, and is one of the most important factors in breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Unfortunately, too many of our students, especially those facing the daily challenges of poverty, are not afforded this opportunity, as through no fault of their own, the school systems they attend are inequitable and systemically flawed; this is simply unacceptable. I work every day to create school systems that provide equitable outcomes for ALL students, so that they each can realize their full potential in life.