Jenna Alexander, an 11-year Hamilton resident who has been active in school issues at the local, state and national level, is the latest candidate to jump into this year’s school board race. She is seeking the Catoctin District seat.
“Over the years, while working to create opportunities for parents to find community in their schools and for volunteers to collaborate and support each other, I have developed a deep understanding of the concerns many of our students and parents face here in Loudoun and across Virginia,” Alexander said in her campaign announcement.
“I have been a trusted voice and advocate for our Western Loudoun community schools for the past five years and I also represent the needs of students, teachers and schools across Loudoun at the local, state and national level as the director of the Hunt District PTA. Currently, as the vice president of Advocacy for the Virginia PTA, and a leader in the parent volunteer community, I help parents across the state understand legislation and policies that impact their students and help them advocate for changes to support their students or school community,” she said.
Alexander’s priorities include re-writing the school district’s strategic plan. “As a county, we have made great strides providing students with the technology they need to be successful in tomorrow’s workforce. However, we need a new strategy that integrates the arts and K-12 world languages into the curriculum. We need to provide opportunities for our students to connect with nature and explore career pathways that support Loudoun’s rural economy,” she said.
She also wants to accelerate plans to renovate older school buildings, re-evaluate bus routes to provide students more direct commutes and safer walking conditions, particularly on gravel roads, hire a more diverse workforce, support teachers with mentors and professional development, and create a communication strategy that empowers principals and engages parents as partners when policies are being developed.
“I’ve spent 15 years developing strategies and managing the implementation of new ideas, both in my professional career and in my volunteer work. I’ve worked directly with parents across Loudoun and across Virginia to address a wide range of education issues that impact our students and I am passionate about supporting our communities,” she said.
Prior to serving as the director of the Hunt District PTA, she served as treasurer and then as president of the Hamilton Elementary PTA for two years, a time when she helped form a coalition to keep small rural schools open and ensure all schools in Loudoun have a full-time principal.
“Just as I have in supporting school communities and volunteers across Loudoun, as a member of the Loudoun County School Board, I will dig deep into the details, listen to the concerns of our communities, ensure that you are educated on the issues, and look for creative ways to ensure that our children have safe schools, mental health support, academic opportunities to meet the needs of every learner, and that policies are respectful of the beliefs of every family and our tax dollars are used in a fiscally responsible manner,” she said.
Find out more on her campaign at facebook.com/JennaAlexander4Catoctin.