PTA leader announces bid for Montgomery school board

A PTA activist from Silver Spring has announced a bid for Montgomery County’s school board.

In the primary set for June, Shebra Evans, 42, is seeking an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education. The position is now held by Shirley Brandman, who said in December that she would not be seeking a third term, as her youngest child graduates from high school, and her family moves into a new phase.

Evans filed with the state Board of Elections in mid-January and, as of Monday morning, was the only state-listed candidate for the seat.

A mother of two children in Montgomery schools — both at Harmony Hills Elementary — Evans was a vice president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.

She has been a member of district-organized committees, including those focused on the operating budget and math exams. She is also part of the Wheaton High School Advisory Committee and co-facilitator for the African American Student Achievement Action Group.

Evans said her priorities include the closing of the achievement gap, increasing family engagement and improving career education opportunities.

“I just want to make our students more aware of additional opportunities for them if college is not the pathway they want to follow,” she said.

She also said she would work on encouraging broad community involvement in school-related issues, citing as an example Montgomery’s efforts to seek state funding for school construction.

“If we all come together on issues impacting education, what a difference we all can make,” she said.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
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