I am a product of the Maryland Education System: I attended elementary school in Annapolis and Junior High in Arnold and graduated from Annapolis High (Class of 1981!). I studied at AACC and then at the University of Maryland at College Park where I graduated with Honors Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Government. Later, I pursued and earned my Law Degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
I proudly served our nation for 22 years as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier and officer. After retiring from the Army I began practicing law as a private attorney. I have worked and lived in Central and South America, Asia, and the Middle East, and I speak fluent Spanish. As such, many of my law hours have been spent serving the Latino Communities in AA, QA and other Eastern Shore counties.
My wife and I have raised our three boys in Queen Anne's County. Two are BSA Eagle Scouts, and I volunteer as Scoutmaster in my spare time. We have come to love our OUTSTANDING teachers who have cared so much for our guys. As a Board Member, I will support them while I make the right decisions for our students, their parents and our community.
The parent-child relationship is the most sacred of bonds. There are some aspects of that relationship in which schools should not be involved. This includes influencing a child to take a stand on any political issue. Teaching our students ABOUT politics and civics is essential, but influencing any child to take a particular stand on a political issue is not the domain of the schools and can cause much consternation for parents at home.
Our schools are not political playgrounds. Introducing any class or curriculum that attempts to influence young minds with a particular political position is a non-starter. Activism by any group or individual employee in our schools can not only pit a child against his or her family, but ultimately will result in time lost toward learning the true skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in adult life.
In 2019, Maryland codified into law its latest education initiative. Titled "the Blueprint for Maryland's Future" it is intended to provide our students a "world class education." As Board member, I will work diligently to help our educators take full advantage of this opportunity for Queen Anne's County students. Student achievement should not be a goal of the Board of Education, it should be THE goal.
Queen Anne's County has some of the BEST teachers in the State. Our Principals are highly trained, intellectually diverse professionals who we can trust to create and provide programs of study for the youth in our diverse communities. I look forward to supporting our Principals with the logistics they need to implement their programs in accordance with Maryland law.
Before the public school system even existed in the U.S., parents taught and educated their children. They were the foremost and final authority. Although today's elementary and secondary subjects can be quite advanced, and many parents need to go to work each day to support their families, we still should have a loud, clear and resonate voice regarding how and what our kids are taught. My colleague running for District 3, Helen Bennett, will urge the Board to have a "Citizen's Advisory Committee" as required by Maryland Law. We will solicit your opinions regarding what is taught in our schools. You are the schools' number one asset, not its adversary.