Deanna is a parent, educator and active community member of the city of Richmond, Virginia. As an experienced PreK-12 educator, she knows firsthand what is at stake in this election. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, she developed her skills as a mathematics teacher. Later, while earning her Masters of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, she immersed herself in the educational needs of students throughout Richmond Public Schools and the policies that directly affect their educational experience. Her advocacy efforts for all public school students both in her city and throughout the state of Virginia include working with elected officials to develop policies and procedures that provide the most vulnerable students a voice and equitable learning experiences.
Deanna knows that only through collaboration with parents, educators and community members can Richmond began to create plans for a future without the walls and obstacles of the past. She recognizes that every child should feel valued and that authentic opportunities for input should be available to all families, regardless of their circumstances and backgrounds. She’s running for school board because Richmond Public Schools needs new leadership that is willing to do what it takes to unite Richmond neighbors so that together they can create a school division that can retain educators, attracts families, and build communities.