•An advocate for mental health, families and special needs.
•Experience working in schools as an Aide.
•Trauma informed and hands on experience with the effects the opioid epidemic causes to students.
•Understanding of brain development and the different types of learning.
•Build relationships and connection.
•Communication and collaboration among all departments.
•Accountability from the top to the bottom.
•Transparency on policies and spending.
•Clear procedures for discipline and proper data collection.
•Investing time and effort to create change in our growing community.
•Starting the uncomfortable conversations that help change become possible.
•Learning where we can improve and where our strengths are by asking questions.
•Attending Board of Education meetings since February 2019.
•Attending Regional LSIC’s .(Local School Improvement Council’s)
I care about Berkeley County. I am willing to work hard to bring the changes our community needs. I will be your voice of reason. This starts with the basics and common sense. Accountability, integrity and collaboration must be the foundation we use to build a stronger school system. #BEtheCHANGE
We owe it to all of the children In our community to heavily invest in their future.
We owe it to our teachers, our support staff and service personnel to invest in their careers as they educate, interact with, support and build up our children.
Investing doesn’t always mean money, although it certainly helps. We need to investigate the budget and do a deep dive to look for wasteful spending and just like we plan and invest in our retirements, we need to plan and invest In the employees and children.
Community engagement is an important aspect. Not just from parents - but retirees, veterans, businesses and even high school students can engage in the effort to assist our children In growth. What volunteer programs can be revitalized or what new programs can be developed to help?
I am committed to working towards a collaborative relationship with parents and all who work within the school system to help our children succeed.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, strategies or input, I’m willing to listen and work with you to make it happen.
Hi, I’m Valerie Ledford.
I made a choice to stop complaining and start solving our issues. I see and have personally dealt with problems within Berkeley County schools. I have listened to parents and teachers question why policies aren’t followed.
I know that feeling at the back of your throat as you swallow and look down, to hold back the tears. I also know what it feels like to be surrounded by professionals that are supposed to make decisions for improvement and choose not to.
These are the reasons I’ve decided to run as a candidate for Berkeley County Board of Education.
I see the potential for growth and change in our community. It will be uncomfortable work. However, it is the work we all know our County needs. We must acknowledge where our weaknesses and strengths are. Then we start working on our path of recovery.
So many people have given up to the idea that nothing will ever change. That everything has been the way it has and the “good olé boy” system will remain.
I disagree. I believe it is coming to an end.
We have two choices.
Continue the path we are on or be authentic.
Vulnerability and the willingness to be honest is how we must move forward. Accountability and transparency is where we start.
Our community deserves these things. Our schools will change because of these things.
It’s not about sides or finger pointing.
It’s about finding solutions to our issues.
The only way we can move past the fear is with real conversation and connection.
This is what our goal for Berkeley County needs to be.
It’s time to start using common sense and communication to create a better future for the next generation. I believe parent, teacher and personnel collaboration is necessary for our schools to persevere and become the foundation for a better tomorrow. Allow me to be your voice of reason. I’m Valerie Ledford and I ask for your vote for Board of Education.
We are obligated to help all students succeed, academically￼, socially, emotionally and behaviorally.￼￼ We need real training and support for our teachers and support staff. This training must also be given to administration, IEP coordinators, deputy superintendents and superintendents. Special needs and mental health must be addressed in a global manner. Simply having departments to manage these is not working. Inclusion is so much more than a child being in a general education classroom. Inclusion must include understanding and support for all involved. It’s time to stop using words and put action into those words. It’s not about special education students versus general education students. It’s about supporting the needs of all our students and repairing a broken system!
Hi, I’m Valerie Ledford and I’m running for a seat on Berkeley County“s Board of Education. It’s time to start using common sense and communication to create a better future for the next generation. As a special needs parent and school Aide, I’m determined to put the focus back on the students. l believe parent, teacher and personnel collaboration is necessary for our schools to persevere and become the foundation for a better tomorrow. Allow me to be your voice of reason. I’m Valerie Ledford and I ask for your vote for Board of Education.
Our local Board of Education has been given more freedom to make decisions on what is important within its school district.
I believe Berkeley County should emphasize on the empowerment of our teachers. With a focus on communication, discipline and accountability.
If we can open the lines of communication on every end.￼ Have disciple within ourselves and model that for our students. Including having disciplinary procedures that help teach our children morals and respect while helping find the reason behind behaviors. With the importance of accountability for everyone and every situation.