I began my public service career at the age of 18, and have had the opportunity to work at the local, county, state, and national level. Public service has taught me many things, but the most important thing I learned along the way, is that true public servants have a passion for their work, and are dedicated to the people and communities they serve. That passion is inherent and ingrained in my very core, and is an essential part of my character.
Over the past three decades, I was able to identify a crossroads in the public service attributes of a law enforcement officer working the streets of America, and a teacher in the public school classrooms. Each in their own right, must be highly skilled in dealing with the stressors that intend to fracture and destroy our communities and classrooms.
I don’t have to assume the terrors and tragedies experienced by our law enforcement officers, because I have walked (and run) in their shoes.
I don’t have to pretend to understand the struggles of educating an at-risk student population, because I have stood in those classrooms, and provided vital and necessary education support services to students, staff, and all other stakeholders.
… and although I have never led men and women into war, I have led men and women in the war on crime in this country, and I have a first hand knowledge of the disparate impact that war wages on all allies.