My Day at Walter Johnson High SchoolI spent Veterans Day at Walter Johnson High School as a guest lecturer in the National, State and Local Government classes. I focused on helping students explore state politics in the Maryland General Assembly, as well as the process of campaigning for state office. During the day, I taught six classes.
I was humbled by this opportunity to teach students at my Alma Mater about our participatory democracy. I was first introduced to government in these same classrooms. My overarching goal was to make the pathway towards public service for our students clearer. I hope to open their eyes to the fact they too can run for public office and transform their visions of a better community into a new reality.
I entered Maryland state politics as a senior at Walter Johnson when I was a Student Page in the Maryland House of Delegates. After graduating from Vassar College, I went on to intern on Capitol Hill for Congressman Charlie Melancon [LA-D-3].
My experiences of government as a student were transformative, and without that early exposure I would not be running for Delegate today. I encouraged all the students I spoke with to get involved with government in Montgomery County, in Annapolis, and in Washington. We are one of the few places in America where students can participate in politics at every level without any obstacles. My message to our students is this: seize the opportunity.