Vision AND POlicy

I envision:

An MCPS where ALL of our children are prepared for the upcoming "Fourth Industrial Revolution."

An MCPS that is a model of innovative education and operational practices.

An MCPS that works for everyone.

Safe, effective and Sustainable Operations

  1. Make MCPS more resilient against labor shortage and future disruptions, whether it be public health events or other emergencies. We need to make our schools safer and conduct much needed facility repairs and upgrades, whether it be HVAC, lead free water filling stations, or whole buildings. Provide clarity on how various factors are considered if schools were to be shifted to virtual.

  2. School Safety - All of the Above approach - Yes to SRO/CEO, Yes to mental health, Yes to stricter building access.

    • It is not an either/or proposition between mental health support, social workers, and law enforcement. It is all of the above and then some.

  3. Expand Virtual Academy and ensure greater enrollment flexibility.

Accountability ANd Transparency

  1. Transparent decision making process and Meaningful community engagement.

  2. Clear communication of the Board of Education’s intent and decision making rationale

  3. Data Transparency - Make data easier to access.

  4. Make Board of Education and MCPS meetings easier to attend for working families.

Future-Ready Education

Technological advances are rapidly reshaping our society. The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) are rendering many professions obsolete. We must prepare our kids to face these challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.

Interdisciplinary approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

  1. Invest in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). These disciplines are interwoven. They should be taught as such.

    • Emphasize science and data literacy

Career paths and skills of tomorrow

Small Business/Entrepreneurial Training

      • Encourage and equip our kids to be entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.

      • Tailored business classes (such as those at Sherwood High School) for immigrant communities, particularly students whose family is considered low income and/or are immigrants.

        • Many immigrant families are small business owners.

          • Helpful to immigrant families as the kids are often the only ones in the family who is proficient in English.

        • “How do I start a small business” courses.

        • Courses and training on regulatory requirements for various industries.

Achievement Gap/Opportunity Gap

My experience with the opportunity gap and discrimination as a child opened my eyes to the lasting impact of institutional racism and segregation on people of color, particularly African Americans.

In addition to the “asks” from Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence on closing the achievement gap, I propose

  1. Compensatory funding for high-need schools.

  2. Greater after school activities for high-need schools.

  3. Teacher Autonomy and Support

    • Listen to our teachers

    • Pay our teachers

    • Support our teachers

  4. Expand Early Childhood Education for high-need communities

Community Schools

All kids are capable of academic excellence. To unlock their potential, it takes a village.

Convergent Point and Service Hub

    1. The school serves as the local convergent point between family, community, and the students.

    2. The school doubles as both the meeting place and service center with wrap around services for vulnerable families.

      • Parent Community Coordinator can serve as an interface between families, service providers, and the school.

    3. Facilitate the formation of support networks for families.

      • This is especially true for immigrant families

        • immigrant families of all origin face cultural, language and institutional barriers in MCPS. A community-based support network can lessen these barriers.

Genuine Family and Community Engagement

    1. We need to renew our committee to family and community engagement.

    2. We also need to revamp how family engagement is done. Montgomery County is becoming increasingly diverse.

      • Many MCPS families are immigrants. We need to adjust our family engagement strategies and better serve these communities.

      • We need to explore other methods and tools, such as social media.

Build Relationship and Trust

About Jay

I am a devoted husband and father to my six year-old son. I am also a dedicated community leader and a passionate soccer player. I have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree, in Aerospace Engineering from UC San Diego and Johns Hopkins University. Respectively, I have worked with both the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in their various engineering endeavors .

As a 13 year resident of Montgomery County, I have volunteered my time advocating for education and transportation issues.

Growing up in a poor immigrant family, I experienced the opportunity gap and discrimination first hand. I was the ESOL kid. I was the "FARM" kid. This gives me a unique perspective on how to address the opportunity gap. Public education was my path to social mobility. I am deeply grateful for it. Part of the reason I am running for the Board of Education is to ensure that this upwardly mobile path will still be here for our children and grand children.

I believe that ALL of our children are capable of academic excellence, and it takes a "village" to unlock their potential. This village comes from full engagement among family, school, and community. It has been shown over and over that community and family engagement are critical to our children's well-being and academic performance.

Furthermore, our schools should provide a safe, nurturing , and enabling environment. Our schools should provide access to rigorous STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Art, and Math) curriculum for ALL of our children. We must make sure our children are ready for a rapidly evolving future.

Lastly, our schools and the community need to have mutual trust. Accountability, transparency, and consistent communication are the bedrock of that trust.

Our schools, our children, and our community shall move forward as one.