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As a mother and former teacher,  I firmly believe access to quality, affordable education is critical to our democracy. That’s why, after leaving the classroom, I served as President and COO/CFO of a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities across the nation. 

I used this firsthand experience to draft and introduce the bipartisan READ Act. This legislation would create a grant program, allowing states to best support teachers in instructing students on how to read and identifying at-risk students. 

I also look forward to continuing my support for STEM and STEAM workforce development. I am a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Women in STEM Caucus, which is dedicated to advancing the crucial role that women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine play in boosting our economy, performing cutting-edge research, and furthering our nation’s scientific enterprise. 

As our community’s Representative, I am championing policies that promote educational opportunities – from early learning programs to adult literacy programs – for all Americans. I am focusing on increasing access, paying our educators a living wage, and investing in America’s future.