–a father of two children who went through public schools (one is at Carolina now) over the past 13 years
–a son of a mother who taught preschool and high school for 30+ years
–a husband of an education editor
–a leader at work of extremely large projects and teams who is always looking to drive change that will improve business functions, while successfully managing the systemic change in a positive manner
–a person of faith whose Gospel tells me to do good “unto the least of these.” What better way is there to make this happen than through our schools?
–a school board member for eight years, working hard on public education policy while listening to teachers and driving change for the values we believe in
–a 10th-generation North Carolinian, committed to all the people of our great state
–a manager in a high-tech field seeing what good jobs can look like throughout North Carolina
–a leader who believes my job is to provide resources (including good policy and adequate pay) and then get out of the way to let the people who know the work best to do their thing.
–and I was a community organizer, trained to use relational power to bring positive change in our society.
I hope you see how these disparate pieces form a strong whole for leading the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina–leadership that would bring back respect for teachers, advocate for public schools, and drive changes we need to benefit all of our state’s students.
If you have any questions or ideas to share, please reach out. My “door” is always open for teachers and students in particular, but also any others who want to improve our schools. Give me a call at 919-590-5754 anytime.