First and foremost, I am a proud parent of three children attending Howard County Public School System, ranging from elementary school, middle school, to high school. I have a strong sense of ownership of this system. As a stakeholder, I want to make sure that our school system is heading in the right direction. The best way to do this, I feel, is to become a member of the Board of Education.
Secondly, I am a beneficiary of public education myself. As the first person in my family who has ever gone to college and earned bachelor, masters, and PhD degrees, I broke many glass ceilings in my family. I hope many students can break their glass ceilings and set many records of firsts in their families. High quality public education benefits everyone in this county regardless of their family economic situations. I hope that every student can dream big for their future, can maximize their potential, and thrive through the best public education we can offer.
In addition, I want to use my professional and life experiences to help improve our schools and benefit our community. I have extensive volunteer experiences in the community, including serving on school committees, volunteering in boy scouts, summer camps, and local Chinese American communities. I love to interact with students. I have often shared my experience with them, and I have learned from them as well. My seven years of volunteering with boy scouts taught me something about how to raise a kid. Kids need to play. They may try and fail many times before they succeed. The hands-on projects and teamwork really help boys and girls apply their knowledge and skills learned from books and classrooms to solve real world problems. They help build their confidence, promote their emotional well-being, and develop their social skills. I believe this valuable experience of working with students can help me make right decisions on key school policies.
As a structural engineer of sixteen-year experience, I can use my professional knowledge in school infrastructure planning and green school initiatives. I have worked over ten years in the manufacturing industry. We constantly challenge ourselves to do more with less. As a member of BOE, I will make sure the budget is used more efficiently and effectively. We can reduce waste and focus on helping students and improving the quality of education in the budget items.