I served on the Board of Education for three years alongside Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad. Our sons had played Pop Warner football together, so we knew each other in passing, but it was on the Board that we really got to know each other.

When I joined the Board, the Access and Equity policy had already been voted on and passed. Stephanie and I worked together to support its implementation. I will say that we didn’t agree on everything while we worked together, but I appreciated then (as I do now) Stephanie’s willingness to listen to all sides and to do what she believes is best for the children of this district. We always had that in common – a desire to improve our schools for all children and their families.

Serving on the Board of Education is a difficult job. Board members work and live under a microscope. It is not glamorous or fun, but it is rewarding. I have deep admiration for Stephanie’s courage in running again.

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Stephanie's determination reminds me of my late mother, Sabarah Sabin, who also occupied a position on this very Board of Education. Like my mother, Stephanie has never been one to back down in the face of adversity, prejudice, or hate. Stephanie remains focused on the priority, which are the students of our community, and is focused on working in collaboration with her fellow board members and our Superintendent. 

I will be doing what is right on November 5th and voting for Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad.