Seeing the world through Colton’s eyes…

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a mommy. When I met my husband over four years ago that dream became more and more of a reality as we nurtured a friendship that ultimately lead to unconditional love and a lifelong partnership in marriage.

Even in my wildest dreams I could never have imagined not only how amazing motherhood would be but how gloriously magnificent and breathtaking our little Colton would be. Monday, December 16, 2013, changed my life for the better – that is the day that our little bundle
of joy entered the world.

Colton’s birth has refocused me, his presence has deepened my passions, and his existence confirms my ambitions and reminds me of why I work as hard and diligently as I do. His birth was a new beginning for me.

Long before I even spoke his name I was present to the fact that one day soon I would have a child just like the children that I have for years been passionately laboring for. From the very start of my path as an educator, at Lake Shore Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, to my days now as a education advocate, I am fully aware that the work that I immerse myself in is not just for those children but also for the future of my own.

Seeing the world through Colton’s eyes has been an immeasurable blessing – it is like being reborn and having the opportunity to rediscover the world around me. I am passionate about the future, quality, and direction of our public education system not only for my Colton but for the many other children that are just like him.  They all deserve better… ‘Better’ can be defined in so many ways: exceptional, excellent, greater, higher quality, more appropriate, more suitable, improved, superior, ‘choice’ and the list could go on and on. No matter how one might choose to define it, I will continue to work hard to ensure that children, particularly in the District of Columbia, get the ‘better’ (equitable and quality education) that they deserve.


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