Lauren E. Shernoff

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Lauren E. Shernoff obtained a BS in Human Development and Family Science, Early Childhood Development/Education, then a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio State University. She is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher at Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School and Hunter Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences. She is a former student teacher at Richard Avenue Elementary and Oakstone Academy [1, 4, 8]. At Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School, Shernoff was team leader for 3 years and literacy committee chair for 5 years. Shernoff co-led the Back to School Boutique. At Hunter Woods Elementary School, Shernoff participated in Saturday School and led the parent portion of a partnership with George Mason University [8]. Shernoff has helped to build a preschool in Honduras for children with HIV and has published in Language Arts research journal. She is a former Historian and Family Advocate for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu at Human Economy Honorary [1, 8]. 

Key Issues

Education

Shernoff seeks to prioritize core instruction. She believes that the current board has implemented social and political initiatives that distract from core academics. She also seeks to remove some curriculum requirements in order to allow teachers to better manage their day-to-day teaching. She believes teachers should have high expectations for all students. Shernoff seeks to represent the voices of and advocate for students and teachers. Shernoff supports transitioning literacy curriculum to align with the Science of Reading Research and State Guidelines for students with dyslexia by bringing stakeholders into the conversation and improving on current practices. She plans to re-evaluate Policy 5030 on Assessment and Grading, particularly in regards to retakes. She also seeks to examine the impact of cell phone usage in school on learning and safety. Shernoff’s proposed budget for 2022-23 includes covering stipends to fully fund arts in LCPS and make it equitable to other programs, particularly athletics. She also aims to meet the needs of all students by handling the discrepancies between high-income-level schools and Title 1 Buildings [1].

Safety

Shernoff seeks to provide a safe environment for diverse students [8].

Transparency

Shernoff plans to start routine town halls and focus groups to increase transparency with the board of education and the public. She wants to bridge the gap between decisions being made and the impact it has on schools. Shernoff believes experience in classrooms should guide decisions and parents should participate in their child’s education [1, 4].

Endorsements

Brendan P. Menuey, Executive Principal for School Improvement; Laren Sprowls, Supervisor of Leadership Development for LCPS

Sources

1 Lauren for Leesburg
2 Ballotpedia
3 LoudounNow
4 Facebook
5 Instagram
6 Twitter
7 Loudoun Times-Mirror
8 LCPS