MEETING THE NEEDS OF EVERY STUDENT
As a mother of students with various exceptional educational abilities and disabilities, Elizabeth has experienced the frustration of many parents of students with special education needs. As such, Elizabeth understands the desire of parents to not only have their child’s needs met, but have their child’s potential authentically seen and supported.
Students of every ability are in our schools and classrooms. Parents know all too well the feeling that the focus is on what limits their child, rather than their potential to learn and progress.
Whether a child has a learning disability such as dyslexia, has autism or a more significant condition, Elizabeth believes in the capacity of every child to learn and progress and in providing the tools to educators by ensuring the priority of the School Board is to drive dollars into the classroom.
FOCUSING ON EDUCATION
Fairfax County has been in the news or in a parents’ mindset all too often in a way that is not good.
While the needs of students are almost always met by great educators, the reality is that sometimes they’re not. When you are the parent of the one child who has unmet needs, it is overwhelming. For a parent of a child who has experienced restraint, seclusion or exclusion, the situation is difficult to quantify with words.
Elizabeth has been a fierce supporter of meeting the educational and life-readiness needs of students with disabilities. She continuously engages with parents to improve the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, seek out best practices from beyond current Fairfax methods, and document student achievement in a transparent manner.
Elizabeth is a vocal proponent of publicly identifying practices which do not support a child’s learning environment, including restraint and seclusion or lack of inclusion, and creating a goal-oriented solution to end such practices.
EDUCATORs & ADMINISTRATORS
Working with parents, advocacy groups, committees and the School Board will improve results for students and build trust with parents.
Meeting the needs of special services personnel in the classroom will improve hiring and retention of Special Education teachers, staff and assistants.
Access to teacher-led, meaningful professional development will improve the delivery of Special Education services at the classroom and student level.