From an early age, my parents instilled in my siblings and me the importance of education. My parents are originally from Jamaica and moved to the US to provide their children with more educational and professional opportunities.
I am originally from Tallahassee, Florida, where I was fortunate to attend a high school that had a new International Baccalaureate Program. The curriculum was rigorous and challenging and I was fully prepared for when I entered college.
I attended Florida International University in Miami, where I met my wonderful wife Nicole. I later received my MS in Urban Planning from Florida State University. There I learned the importance of community participation in shaping a vision of an equitable society.
My family and I relocated to Oak Park in 2011 and fell in love with the community’s diversity, friendly neighbors, and excellent schools. Our daughter, Breanna, matriculated through Holmes, Brooks, and OPRF, and is now a freshman in the UIC Honors Program. Along her educational journey, we began to realize that there were many inequities, which became increasingly visible throughout her high school years.
For the past two years, I have served as a member of the OPRF High School Culture, Climate and Behavior Committee where I have been thoroughly engaged in the goal of creating more equitable experiences for our students. I believe OPRF can live up to its commitment to ensure that all students are well-equipped to take on the challenges of our complex, culturally diverse, and ever-changing world.
I have 2 young sons, Kemuel and Khayan. My dream is for them to attend an OPRF that encourages their success, is well along the path of eradicating any semblance of structural racism and bias, and truly embraces and embodies equity in all facets of student life.
As a business owner and a 10-year professional in the telecommunications industry, I have the experience and ability to create and manage large scale budgets. This involves minimizing costs while maximizing efficiencies and impact. Delivering sound judgment and excellent service has been the key to my continued success. I will bring this same skillset to the school board to ensure that the first solution is not raising taxes to achieve our goals.
My commitment to the residents of Oak Park and River Forest is that I will continue to strive to ensure that each student has the opportunities and support needed to blossom and thrive.
On April 6, I humbly ask that you cast your ballot for me. With your support, I believe OPRF can, and will be, a school where all students are fully prepared for success.