I’ve spent over three decades as an educator in New York public schools, teaching and mentoring thousands of our young people. As an educator and as a mom, I believe all of our children deserve access to a high-quality education that prepares them for their future, whether it’s a four-year college or a career and technical school. I will work to make sure our schools and our teachers have the resources they need. That means reducing class sizes, fully funding special education programs, reining in college tuition costs and student debt, and expanding Pell Grants.
Too often, the conversation politicians in Washington are having about post-secondary education is limited to four-year universities. As a guidance counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale, serving on the executive board and scholarship committee for the Association of Long Island Vocational Educators (ALIVE), and as a member of SkillsUSA, I have worked to empower our students with the technical skills and career training they need to succeed in the workforce, with or without a four-year degree. In Congress, I will push to expand career and technical education opportunities for our district to grow our skilled workforce.