Lizzy Carroll announces candidacy for Milton School Committee
Greetings, Milton Neighbors! I am Elizabeth M. Carroll, Ed.D., but I go by Lizzy. I am a Tucker School parent, Town Meeting member (Precinct 3), and candidate for School Committee. My husband James Jenkins and I have two daughters, Annie and Julia, a Tucker 1st grader and rising preschooler. Having worked in education for over 15 years, from classroom teaching to leadership in K-12, university, and nonprofit settings, I am eager to put my qualifications and passion for educational innovation to work for Milton. I am pragmatic, collaborative, forward-thinking, and skilled in navigating systemic change. If elected, I take seriously my responsibility to serve and represent all MPS students and families. My most immediate priority is executing the transition back to full in person school effectively, safely, and equitably. Even during these challenging times, our school district has so many strengths, and I look forward to helping us move forward together as we build on those strengths.
My vision for Milton Public Schools has equity and innovation at its core to deliver excellence for every student in our uniquely diverse district. My campaign priorities include: 1) Ensuring success for all students in academics, social-emotional wellbeing, athletics, and the arts, 2) Increasing community voice and transparency in district decision-making, and 3) Ensuring sustainable support for our schools and holding ourselves accountable to meet our goals as a district.
Through my professional experience tackling complex educational challenges, I have developed practical skills for leading systemic, equity-driven change. I currently serve as Program Director for Facing History and Ourselves, a national education nonprofit where I lead a team that supports over 4,000 educators throughout New England. After teaching high school English in Bronx, NY and Boston Public Schools, I earned a doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education studying policy and administration in the Urban Superintendents Program, with expertise in bargaining and unions; while at Harvard, I also led the creation of a regional STEM high school as a new model of public-private partnership. I then launched and directed a new program for undergraduates at Yale University in education policy, practice and research, developing community partnerships, working across sectors, and innovating in the context of strong traditions – all things I hope to do as a member of Milton’s School Committee. My perspective as a Town Meeting Member allows me to see our schools’ needs in the context of our community’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and excellent quality of life in Milton.
How can our schools come back from the crisis of this pandemic even stronger? How will we deliver a positive learning environment for every student every day? How will we execute a sustainable solution to the overcrowding of our schools? How will we become the 21st century antiracist school district that MPS committed last year to becoming? If elected, I will bring a fresh perspective to these important questions, rooted in innovative best practices, tested leadership, and service to all of the children and families in our great town.