02 Oct Meet Cheryl
A little bit about me
When I decided to run for a seat on the Brevard County Board of Education, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve always had a passion for public education and a strong belief that every child in the country has a right to a quality education in a safe educational environment, but the encouragement and support I’ve received from voters here in the county has been truly humbling.
I’ve always believed so, but clearly, there are many people out there who believe the same things about education and school and school safety that I do. And I can only begin to say how grateful I am for that support in District 2 and beyond.
My primary objective is to make sure each student receives a high quality education that results in each of them being prepared, productive, informed and engaged citizens.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who spent 11 years working in the public school system. The last six of those as a school social worker.
I spent the decade prior to that experience working in a managed mental health corporation where I served as a director negotiating contracts, overseeing department budgets and responsible for a staff of 15 employees.
I am a passionate advocate for public education for all children and support a social emotional learning curriculum in all schools.
I believe the role of a strong board of education is to provide a safe learning and working environment that includes adding school resource officers and mental health clinicians in our schools.
It is my passion, along with my work and life experience that provides me with the tools to be an effective member of the Brevard County School Board in District 2.
I bring my corporate business skills in negotiation, contracting and supervision along with my social work skills of conflict management, active listening and advocacy with me. I believe these are the qualities that make me the best fit for the position.
I will work tirelessly to make sure students and teachers have what they need to be successful. Since the majority of funding for our public schools comes from and is impacted by decisions in the state legislature, I will make it a priority to advocate in Tallahassee for the state legislature to make school funding its number one priority enabling students to have a bright future.
Cheryl McDougall, a retired school social worker, is running for District 2 representative. From her work as a psychiatric nurse to school social worker to a 10-year leadership role in a managed medical health organization, Cheryl has dedicated her career to helping others and brings a wealth of hands-on and negotiation skills to this demanding role. Campaigning on three tenets: Increasing Teacher Salaries; Integrating Social Emotional Learning into existing school learning requirements; and Developing an Inclusive Community Advisory Board – comprised of school faculty, administration, parents, business owners and students – to help celebrate district successes and identify and address district needs, Ms. McDougall has been endorsed by the Brevard Federation of Teachers, Space Coast Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, The Florida Puerto Rican /Hispanic Minority Empowerment Committee and the Space Coast Progressive Alliance. For more information, email her directly at CMcDougall4schoolboard@gmail.com