December 2018

Sworn in

Elected Chair of the Board’s Policy Committee

Appointed to the Legal Services Administration, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE)

January 2019

Appointed to the Howard County Spending Affordability Committee

May 2019

Enacted new, more inclusive student-centered dress code policy (Policy 9210)

November 2019

Addressed overcrowded schools with comprehensive countywide redistricting, bringing all elementary and middle schools except one under 110% capacity per Board policy. Distributed enrollment across existing student seats in order to secure funding for High School #13, Hammond HS, and Talbott Springs ES.

December 2019

Elected Vice Chair of the Board

March-May 2020

Purchased Chromebooks for every student to use for virtual instruction during the pandemic

March-September 2020

As volunteer, worked with local sewers to buy fabric and elastic to make and distribute hundreds of facemasks during critical PPE shortages for healthcare workers


Modified, revised, and approved 20 of approximately 100 Board policies

Summer 2020

As volunteer Coordinator of Blessings in a Backpack at local elementary school, brought in funds to purchase, distribute food packs to 600 students a week across five schools with a cadre of volunteers in the midst of food shortages in the supply chain

August 2020

Followed the known science at the time and implemented virtual school to protect the health and welfare of students and staff

October 2020

Enacted first ever HCPSS Equity Policy (Policy 1080)

January 2021

Expanded school-based mental health services in partnership with Horizon Foundation grant

March 2021

Purchased outdoor dining tents for student health during the pandemic

June 2021

Record high graduation rates


Modified, revised, and approved 20 of approximately 100 Board policies

August 2021

Appointed to the MABE Blueprint Ad Hoc Committee

September 2021

Purchased portable air filters for every classroom to improve indoor air quality during the pandemic

December 2021

Appointed to Howard County Spending Affordability Committee for FY2023

January 2022

Board increases substitute teacher pay by 25%

February 2022

Passed new Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy (Policy 10250)

May 2022

Volunteer Community Impact Project for Girls on the Run to develop a playbook for implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion into their framework

Completed year-long Leadership Premier Course with Leadership Howard County

June 2022

Elimination of the nearly $50 million Health Fund Deficit two years ahead of schedule


Modified, revised, and approved 29 of approximately 100 Board policies

August 2022

New Talbott Springs Elementary School opens

Nearly double the school-based mental health programs to support students in partnership with Horizon Foundation grant

May 2023

$22 million allocated for renovation of Faulkner Ridge for early childhood center providing universal preK


Modified, revised, and approved 22 of approximately 100 Board policies

July 2023

Begin work on the Howard County Blueprint Resources Workgroup

August 2023

Opened Guilford Park High School, first new high school since 2005

Schools start with new, later school start time to help students

September 2023

Opened Hammond High School with new renovation and addition

November 2023

Appointed to statewide MABE Legislative Committee Chair

December 2023

Elected Chair of Howard County Board of Education

January 2024

Board appoints Bill Barnes Acting Superintendent

Board approves external review of transportation system failures

February-March 2024

Put in place new requirements to sign off on contracts for greater accountability

New financial controls put in place to deal with overspending on contracts

March 2024

Graduated with Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University