BERKELEY LAKE -- A local woman has announced plans to run for the District III post on the Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education.
As a local education activist, Jen Falk said she believes "the people of Gwinnett County deserve a school board that is transparent and accountable."
She served as a Georgia Appleseed Advisory Council member, worked with the Georgia Department of Education when it revised alternative school rules and was a founding board member of the Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross.
She was a founding member of the School-to-Prison Pipeline group, which aimed to shine light on disciplinary disparities.
Additionally, she has helped to design a nationally funded Parent Leadership Institute. Falk is also the outgoing NAACP State Conference Education chair.
Falk said that, if elected, she plans to "listen carefully to parents and turn their concerns into advocacy for better schools. Teachers and administrators also have an important voice. It's essential they have access to a leader that really listens."
She is the special projects director for Parent-to-Parent of Georgia, a statewide nonprofit that serves families of children and young adults with disabilities.
Falk has a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Florida and has more than 20 years experience in retail management. She has lived in Berkeley Lake for 15 years with her husband, Ned. Her children, Harrison and Erin, are both graduates of Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Current District III school board member Mary Kay Murphy's term expires in December 2012. The terms of board members Louise Radloff and Carole Boyce also will expire in December. Neither have announced whether they will run.
Murphy could not be reached for comment Monday. She has not yet announced whether she will seek re-election to the District III post.