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Having been active in the community and in her children’s education for several years, Jocelyn Mann Denyer says it’s time to take the next step and run for Charles County Board of Education.

Denyer, 48, of Indian Head has been involved in PTOs at both Indian Head Elementary School and North Point High School and is a Math Engineering Science Achievement coach for Indian Head Elementary students.

Denyer also coaches students involved in Destination Imagination.

She is active with the Boy Scouts and is the Zekiah District Eagle Scout coordinator. She is active with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She also is part of the town of Indian Head’s Green Team.

Denyer said she feels that public education is a great opportunity for the community to advance, and it is a real equalizer in a lot of ways. “Having a good public education program is important,” she said.

Denyer said she would brings two unique perspectives to the board. She is a mother of three children enrolled in the public schools, and she is an educator.

Denyer teaches online public relations and communications classes for the University of Maryland University College.

Denyer said Charles County has come a long way in terms of growth, and she wants to make sure that public education programs are progressing in the same way.

She also would like to see the community get more involved in children and their education.

She said Charles County is a bedroom community in a lot of ways, but she would like for people to get out and get involved, especially with education.

Denyer is concerned about the many homeless children enrolled in the school system. She understands and appreciates the programs in place to make sure those children are fed at school, but she said educators can’t do it all, and possibly there are more opportunities for the community to get involved to help those children.

In talking about the achievement gap, Denyer said some of the problem can be addressed by addressing the students who are in need outside of school.

“Working together as a community to meet those needs might achieve something great,” she said.

She said she would like to see the county take a holistic approach to bettering the outlook for students and children in the future.

Having spent some time in the Netherlands for her husband’s job, Denyer said she learned a lot about and has a good understanding of other educational systems.

Denyer said she also would strive to be a good steward of the money provided for education, if elected.

Outside of volunteering and teaching, Denyer enjoys paper crafts, reading and gardening.