Raised in Eastern NC
In July, I was honored to be appointed to replace Jean Farmer-Butterfield. Being appointed to serve in the Legislature during a trying time for our State brought its difficulties.
As a former teacher, I know first hand many of the problems that our society faces. I saw it on the faces of our children and in my conversations with parents. The stories I heard as a teacher are retold daily in a fight that contains this pandemic. But also in that of the struggle for medicare expansion, women’s rights, and education for all.
My story starts as one of seven children growing up in Sampson County. Growing up in a large family and a farming community, you learn hard work does pay off.
That mantra took me to college at NC A&T State University, followed by a Masters’s degree at East Carolina University. I entered the workforce as a teacher and served for the next several decades. I earned the distinction of being a National Board Certified Teacher.
Through my years of service in the classroom and our school systems, I learned the gaps in our public education system. I know what the systemic problems are that hold our youth back. For years we have been asking our teachers to overcome incredible odds.
That’s why I am proud to serve in the Legislature. I wake up daily, taking the lessons I learned, and applying them to working for you.
My Promise To You
When I am re-elected I will fight for education for all, medicaid expansion, tackle and rebuild from this pandemic, and fight for the Equal Rights Amendment.