Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". As an educator for many years, I understand how critical it is to engage our children early and continuously so they leave our schools with the tools they need to live happy and productive lives, and to have a sense of place in the world. Overall, Albemarle County Schools have earned an excellent reputation and we as a community place high value on our educational system, but we have room for improvement. I am committed to improving our education system and opportunities for all children, including expanding pre-school programs. We must continue to improve funding for our teachers, nourish our educational programs, and develop needed infrastructure.