As a former teacher and member of the Virginia Beach School Board, I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association. As a delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, education will be one of my top priorities. I will work to increase teacher and employee salaries, reduce bureaucracy and the over dependence on the Standards Of Learning tests, and invest in a 21st century education for all students.
“Brent’s experience as both a teacher and school board member will be invaluable in the General Assembly. The students, parents, and teachers can always count on Brent to do what is best for our schools and community,” said VEA Vice President Dominic Melito.
As a teacher for the past 5 years, I’ve seen first-hand the influence that our teachers and school employees have on our students and community. My class centered on teaching 21st Century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. These are the skills that will prepare our students for future success. It isn’t enough to memorize some facts and figures. We need to make sure that our students understand and can apply the information that they learn to their college studies, the workplace, and real world situations. We need to change the focus of education in Virginia, so that we can better prepare our students.
As a member of the Virginia Beach School Board, I fought to ensure that every student received a great education, to raise teacher salaries, and to improve the schools in my district. Thanks to the great teachers and staff, we were able to work together to get every school in my district to meet full accreditation and every high school to be ranked among the top 9% in the nation. Virginia Beach Public Schools were ranked the 5th best public school system in the United States, and Green Run High School was named one of the most improved schools in America.
It is an honor to receive the support of Virginia’s hardworking teachers and school support professionals. Education is the key to the future growth and success of the Commonwealth. I look forward to taking my experience and passion for education to the General Assembly in Richmond.