My husband, Kevin, and I have lived in Arlington for 20 years. We have two boys, Fred and Markus, who are life-long Arlingtonians. We have been APS elementary school parents for nine years, middle school parents for six years, and high school parents for three (with more to come).
I’m a children’s book author, who has visited schools and libraries throughout our region, working with librarians, reading specialists, teachers, and students, spreading the word about the joy of books, reading, and writing. My first picture book, A Story with Pictures, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named a "Picture Book We Admire" by the Children's Literature Network.
I've worked as a curriculum writer for companies such as Macmillan-McGraw-Hill, Core Knowledge Foundation, Innovative Kids, and Kaeden Books.
I'm an award-winning Ph.D. environmental economist, who has worked with data, statistics, and sustainability issues for the last 25 years. I have my own consulting company, BK Econometrics, LLC, that takes seriously its motto, "Good, clean data crunching." My company has contracted with many research organizations, including Virginia Tech, RTI International, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
School and Community Involvement
I've volunteered in classrooms for many years, helping kids with one-on-one reading, hands-on science, and gifted math.
I've served on the School Board's Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI). I co-chaired the Early Childhood Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the ACI, and I've served on the Math Advisory Committee.
I coached and coordinated elementary and middle-school Odyssey of the Mind, a program that promotes creativity and "thinking outside the box."
I’m a founding board member of the Youth Ultimate League of Arlington.
In 2011, I led the state-wide effort to collect the 10,000 signatures required by state law to put President Obama on the 2012 ballot for re-election.
In 2012, I founded and chaired Arlington/Alexandria Women for Obama, which I grew into an active network of 600 grassroots volunteers working to get the president and Democrats elected in Arlington and state-wide. I still lead Women for Obama and we remain active on issues that matter to our community, especially, gun control.
All of my experiences—but especially that of being a parent—have fed into and nurtured my core belief: that all children are unique and creative human beings who deserve every opportunity to excel.