Graduate of West Orange High School
Graduate of Air Force Basic Training
Graduate of Air Force Technical School
Valencia College Student
University of Central Florida Student
Chief Operating Officer
Orange County Educational and Support Professionals, “OESPA” Former Member Orange County Voters League, Former President and Former Vice President Southwest Orlando Junior Chamber of Commerce, Current Vice President for Community Development
University of Central Florida Soldiers to Scholars Program, Member IMAGES Mentoring Program, Valencia College Bridges to Success Program, Founding Officer, Air Force Association, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Member
Air Force Reserve, 38th Aerial Port Squadron, Section Orientation Lead Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council, Fort Gatlin District, Troop 935, Scoutmaster Cub Scouts Pack 935 Committee Member Orange County Corrections Department Youthful Offenders, Lead Mentor
One challenge for Orange County Public Schools is that many parents are unsure about our public schools. Describe your ideas for improving the public’s confidence in our schools and accountability system. Identify two other challenges facing OCPS and briefly discuss what ideas you have to begin addressing these three challenges.
You have to be available full-time and responsive to the public concerns. I will be available, I will regularly engage our youth, their families and our community. I will share with them our failures and celebrate with them our triumphs. Two other challenges is teacher pay and evaluation and Student Testing. I believe we have to include our teachers in developing a system that is unique to our county and aids our teachers in becoming better. Testing needs input from the teachers and the students and if they are included in the process you will see the performance of our youth increase.
Orange County’s student population continues to grow faster than funding for public schools. As the Legislature funnels more funding to charter schools and the choice options for parents expand, even fewer dollars are available to fund traditional public schools. What impact do you believe this trend will have on the future of public education?
It will have a significant one, as we will have to find new and innovative ways to reach our youth that may be outside of the traditional classroom setting.
What are three things “going right” for Orange County Public Schools? How will you continue forward progress?