Why I'm Running

I’m the granddaughter of a teacher and a school bus driver and the daughter of two teachers, so I grew up understanding the vital role the school system plays in the future success of our kids.  I’m a poli sci grad who worked for the Lt. Gov. and Sec. Of State of Georgia and was the director of outreach for a national Parkinson’s Org.


When I had two really terrific kids, who are now 11 and 13, I began teaching preschool and subbing in elementary school. I started volunteering for PTA when my oldest started Kindergarten at Cherry Run. I served as the staff relations co-chair for 3 years and then the PTA President for two years. In 2015, I opened a vintage furniture shop in Clifton and began navigating the world of small business ownership.


I love Fairfax County. We’ve lived here for nearly two decades and I really do believe it is one of the most amazing places in the country.  I believe our strong schools help make us a strong community.


Our schools truly are incredible. But as we began to navigate the system with our child who has a learning disability, we noticed lots of gaps in FCPS. The more I’ve spoken with other parents and teachers, I’ve found that many kids fall into those gaps and really lose out on the educational experience they deserve.


 I believe we can make our schools even better as we work to close those gaps for ALL kids.  A successful experience in FCPS should be attainable no matter your abilities, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.


We must also remember that our success as a school system depends on protecting and supporting the educators that got us here. 


We have incredible resources in this county. Great kids, great parents, great educators.


We need new ideas to reinvigorate FCPS and get people excited about working and learning here.


I’d like to be a part of that.

- Laura Jane Cohen