TERRY R. GILLELAND, JR.
I am a product of AACPS and believe that countless teachers helped to position me to achieve success. When I originally sought the appointment to the Board, I shared that I had reached the point in my professional career that I could give back to the community and my background in both education and workforce development, along with my experience in education policymaking, would benefit AACPS. Using my experience in both the public and private sectors, I would like to continue sering the people of Anne Arundel County by advancing our school system to prepare our students for college and workforce demands, which will only become more competitive in the global environment.
As a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, I am vested in the success of our schools and our communities. In addition to serving on the Board of Education, I serve on the Board of Directors for Faith into Action, which helps to provide food and resources to students in the northern Anne Arundel County, and for HOPE for All, which helps to transition families from homelessness to self-sustainability throughout the county. I also serve on the Board of the Maryland FBLA Foundation, which helps fund local and state FBLA student scholarships.
I want to ensure that we give our students the best opportunities to succeed by providing world class curriculum, lowering class sizes, improving teacher compensation, increasing school security measures, and reducing administrative costs. With the projected increase in school construction over the next decade, we also need to ensure responsible capital budgeting practices. My voting as an appointed board member has prioritized each of these efforts and, if given the chance to serve as an elected member, I will continue advocating for them while also ensuring responsible use of taxpayer dollars. For more information, please visit www.TerryGilleland.com
As a parent and member of the AACPS community, I want to advocate and be a voice for our children. Thriving communities are contingent upon successful public schools. Communities with underfunded public schools experience lower graduation rates and property values and higher crime and unemployment rates. Successful public schools will ultimately save taxpayers an enormous amount of money in higher property values in the long-run. My top priorities include properly supporting our teachers and staff, decreasing class size, refocusing budgets to meeting schools' needs at the school level, eliminating bullying and racism, ensuring school and student safety, closing achievement gaps, and improving fiscal oversight as well as Board transparency and accountability.
I bring the right mix of education, experience, persistence, and dedication to successfully advocate for ALL students. As an at-home mom, I will devote the time needed to put students first and develop meaningful policies to effect real change, while always serving with integrity. My qualifications include a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and 32 years of volunteer and advocacy experience. Some highlights of my volunteer career include being named the ACLU of Mississippi's Volunteer of the Year and leading a campaign that raised $80,000 through the Children's Organ Transplant Association. I was also recognized by AACPS for volunteering more than 300 hours during the 2017-18 school year. Before having my daughter I worked as an energy consultant on behalf of the federal government and utility clients in support of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and are raising our daughter in Severna Park. For more information please visit www.DanaforBOE.com.