Kenya Savage announced this week she’s jumping into the race of the Loudoun County School Board’s At Large seat.
She is challenging incumbent Beth Huck, who announced her run for a second term this week.
Savage is a familiar face in county government and education circles. She serves as the at-large member on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Board and as a liaison on the county’s Advisory Commission on Youth. She ran unsuccessfully for the Dulles District seat in 2015 against Chairman Jeff Morse.
“Since my initial run in 2015 for the Dulles District Loudoun County School Board Representative seat, I remain a trusted voice, leader, and advocate in our community for our students, teachers, and our schools,” she stated. “I am gladden when asked to share and contribute to ‘on the record’ discussions and conversations that influence and impact student achievement, student opportunities, and teacher trainings and hiring practices.”
Among her priorities if elected is to advocate for all our students who learn differently, where differentiated instruction remains critical to their success. In the press release announcing her campaign, Savage criticized the board’s recent adoption of the seclusion and restraint policy. While the policy states that the school division’s long-term goal is to eliminate practices of seclusion and restraint, it still leaves room for teachers to use both techniques in rare circumstances when the child’s safety or the safety of others is threatened.
“This matter continues to be debated in special sub committees; however, recommendations for isolation and seclusion does not bode well for an inviting and inclusive educational experience for our students,” Savage said.
She’s advocating better training for teachers. “Through training and other professional development opportunities, our teachers will be more equipped and confident in their interactions to reach and connect with students who have or perceived to have challenging behaviors,” Savage stated.
She said her other priorities are captured in a phrase she coined, Savage A.C.T.S. (Accountability, Choice, Training, and Safety). She explained, “My focus builds on years of experiences and conversations as a professional and a trusted advocate to find and seek opportunities that drive high achievement levels, improve accountability, safety, and personalize learning for all students.”
If elected, Savage also wants to harness Loudoun’s community, schools, county government, and businesses “to all work together to offer opportunities that allow students to contribute and challenge the status quo with an appreciation and attentiveness for all.”
Savage is in her 20th year working as a national security professional at Booz Allen Hamilton. She’s lived in South Riding with her husband since 2005, and the two have three sons.