Jennifer Aprea, a former elementary school teacher who is now director of family engagement in special education at The Arc of Tennessee, is seeking to fill the school board’s District 5 seat.
“As a current public school parent and volunteer, a former public school teacher of 12 years, and now as an advocate for families involved in special education across the state, I understand firsthand the challenges our schools are facing on a daily basis,” Aprea said. “Especially now, during this unprecedented time of students being out of the classroom and the future uncertain, we need pragmatic leadership with a background in education to help our district be better prepared for events like this and ensure our students and schools remain on track for success.”
Aprea spent 12 years as a K-6 teacher. During that time, she was elected by her peers to leadership positions in professional organizations five times. She has been appointed to multiple board and advisory committees over the years, including once by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to serve on the advisory board to Westat, the federal comprehensive center for the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Comprehensive centers conduct research and provide technical assistance to states and districts in meeting their goals for students.
“As a passionate supporter of public schools, I know the board of education is a great opportunity to serve my community and make a difference for students, families and educators in Williamson County,” Aprea said. “Gary Anderson has served with distinction and integrity, and I’m humbled and honored by the overwhelming support of friends and neighbors throughout the district who encouraged me to run.”
Aprea and her husband, David, have two children attending school in the district. She has served on the parent-teacher organization board for three years and was recently appointed to represent families on the English/language arts textbook selection committee.
“As a former teacher and a mother of a child in special education, I know how critical parental engagement is to helping students succeed,” she said. “I want to bring these experiences along with fresh ideas and work collaboratively with the rest of the board to continue moving WCS forward.”
Aprea is running against Margie Johnson and Brian Snyder.