Shebra Evans Board of Education District 4

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Who is Shebra Evans? She is a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. She represents District 4 in Maryland. She assumed office in 2016 and the current term will end in 2020. She is running for re-election to the Montgomery County Board of Education to be able to represent District 4 in Maryland.

On November 3rd, 2020, she is on the ballot in the general election. She advanced from the primary election on June 2nd, 2020. As you may know that Evans was a candidate in 2014 for the at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education. On June 24th, 2014, she advanced from a primary election to face Jill Ortman-Fouse in the general election on November 4th, 2014. In that general election, Shebra Evans lost.


Biography of Shebra Evans

Shebra Evans was born on November 25th, 1971. She lives at 3602 May Street, Silver Spring/ Aspen Hill, MD 20906. She got her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Tennessee State University. She worked as vice president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs from 2008 to 2014. She has served a lot of volunteer leadership roles with the Montgomery Council of PTAs including vice president of Education Issues, vice president of Programs, recording secretary-delegate assembly and Wheaton Cluster coordinator. She also was active in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent’s Operating Budget Group and Math Exam Work Group. Also, she was co-leader of the African American Student Achievement Group.

Talking about her volunteer education activities, Evans also has served as the vice chair of Fiscal Responsibility for Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. – Theta Omega Omega Chapter, as a Board member for Big Learning, Inc, and also she has been involved with the YMCA, Youth & Family Services Advocacy Committee.

Since 1996, she has worked as a financial analyst in the cable and energy industry. Now, she is serving as president of the Board of Education and she is a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Is there any award which she has got?  In 2019, she got the Distinguished Advocate for Healthful Living Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

What about her children? She has two children who attend MCPS. One is in eight frage at Argyle Middle School and another one is in 11th grade at John F. Kennedy High School. They both attended Harmony Hills Elementary School. The oldest child attended Parkland Middle School and the youngest child has been assigned to attend John F. Kennedy High School in the fall of 2020.

The Reasons For Running Reelection To The Board of Education

Shebra Evans is running for reelection to the Board of Education because she is proud of the work that she is doing to address disparities in student outcomes by closing gaps in opportunity and achievement. She wants to continue to make progress, but there is still work to do. She believed that her experience and also her leadership will be an asset as she advocates for resources to ensure the success for all students.

In her role on the board, equity is at the core of everything that she and the team do. It can guide them when they work to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, can have opportunity, access and resources that they need to meet their full potential and thrive in schools. In her role as a school board member in District 4 and board president, she will continue to enact policies which will make the conditions for students to be able to thrive in their future.

Shebra Evans’s Thoughts

In the Bethesda Magazine, she is asked about the most important issue in this race and what specific plans that she has to address it. Shebra Evans states that in a school system of more than 166,000 students, she and the team are facing an increase in student enrollment. The growth of enrollment impacts the capital and also the operating budget. Montgomery County Public Schools has grown by more than 23,000 students since 2010. MCPS has sought to be able to balance fiscal constraints with overcrowded and aging facilities and infrastructures. As a board president, she testified in support of the Build to Learn Act. This legislation would give additional school construction funding for Montgomery County and across the state.

Then, she is also asked whether she believes  school boundaries should be redrawn or not. To this question, Shebra Evans answers that when she and the team consider school and cluster boundaries including demographics, geographic proximity, facility utilization and stability of student assignment, every factor is considered. Since the early 70s, they have done more than 130 boundary changes. The enrollment of the student has grown by more than 23,000 students since 2010. They expect it will be 11,000 more over the next six years and this boundary analysis will give them a better overview and inform their decisions in future boundary studies.

What are the most important issues related to the safety of students and how would she address them? Evans states that it is important for students and staff to feel safe and secure in their learning and work environment. In the MCPS, there are procedures on emergency preparedness in the event of an attack of some sort or if someone has a weapon. The ‘Be Well 365’ initiative is supported by the board because it can promote being kind, being healthy and being you. This initiative gives the students tools that they are able to be used to build academic and social resilience.

The next question which is asked to Shebra in the Bethesda Magazine is about raising salary for school board members. She states that she supports the raising salaries. She and her colleagues work hours which is the same as a full time-job. They approve budgets totaling over $4 billion. In addition, she states that they have a myriad of other responsibilities and if they can be paid with a livable wage, it will help attract highly skilled and diverse candidates.

Contacts of Sheba Evans

Sheba Evans can be contacted through some platforms. If you want to send her an email, you are able to send it to shebra4boe@shebraevans.com. She also has a website which can be accessed at www.shebraevans.com. Her Facebook account is Shebra4BOE and she also can be contacted through her Twitter account @shebraevans.

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