I have lived in Davidson County since 1994. I currently live in the Davidson County portion of Goodlettsville with my wife of 11 years and my two amazing daughters. I am a part owner of a small business called Cartridge World.
In 2007 I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in History. Prior to that I was an MNPS District 3 student. I moved here in 4th grade and attended Goodlettsville Elementary School, Brick Church Middle School for 5th and 6th and Goodlettsville Middle School (GMS) for 7th and 8th. I then graduated from Hunters Lane High School in 2003 with honors.
I am proud to call this district my home and that both of my children attend their locally-zoned school. I am the only homegrown candidate that knows what this district needs to be even more successful.
The School Board faces some tough decisions with budget cuts, an active pandemic, and a growing gap between the student with means and those without. As a parent, these are issues that I care deeply about.
Opening schools back up in a safe manner will be essential in order to have the trust of students, parents, and teachers. Social distancing measures should be considered in order to prevent our schools from becoming conduits of COVID.
If elected, I would be able to look at each issue presented to the School Board and come at it from an objective standpoint with an innovative solution. These schools are not all exactly the same and I want to see each issue from a fresh point of view and provide the best solution for each. I want to take solutions that work and apply them where it makes sense.
Teachers and staff need the pay that they deserve. They have been waiting for pay to catch up with the cost of living in this city for far too long. They also need support in other forms. School psychologists are already far too overloaded to help facilitate the proper care that students in tough situations need. Raising the number of support staff in schools will be crucial.
I understand budgeting for such support will be difficult. I want to reach out to local business and community organizations to get back involved with their local school. Many times the high school moved down the street years ago and community support faded. I want to pull community support and parental involvement back into larger zoned middle and high schools. Making business owners and community leaders understand that they also have “skin in the game” because these are the kids who will work with them and patronize their business.