I'm Lindsay Mahaffey, and I am running for re-election to the Wake County Board of Education for District 8; which includes parts of Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina.
I bring a broad perspective to the Board of Education - having been an educator in two different countries, teaching multiple disciplines, and working in communities with varying needs and resources. On the Wake County Board of Education I serve you not only with the perspective of an educator -- bringing my advanced knowledge of pedagogy, and education policy; but also as the mother of three children, two of whom are currently enrolled in Wake County Public Schools. I have a vested interest in the success of our students, our teachers and our community. My family chose to live in Wake County primarily because of it's diverse county wide school system and it's supportive, family friendly community.
There is a great disconnect between education policy and what goes on in the classroom. I have worked hard to bridge that gap, and bring the perspective of a teacher and an elementary school parent to the board. This work includes, working to support our teachers, and keeping our students at the center of all that we do. My family has experienced the rapid growth of our community firsthand. In kindergarten, my eldest was placed in a class with no teacher. So many students had enrolled over the summer - a new class had to be created. We have also struggled with transportation, and student assignment - after a move mid-year, put my two oldest girls in two different schools. Recently we went through the 504 and IEP process so that our child with learning differences can thrive in the classroom.
For the sake of our innovative, resource rich, and, growing county, we need to address problems head on. Doing so will strengthen our community. Join me in this important conversation about the education of our children, and the future of our community.