I am running for school board
because I want to bring a fresh perspective to district leadership. Orange County Schools is positioned to make great strides with recent progress that’s been made around equity. I want to support our new Superintendent, Dr. Monique Felder, and other district leaders, as we set a vision, shape the culture and increase the success of all students here. Nurturing children to reach their potential is my life’s work. As a foster parent to many children, the founder of the Hate-Free Schools Coalition, the Program Director for summer camps at Efland Cheeks Community Center, and as the director of Children’s Ministry at my church for seven years, I have developed a real sense for how to help kids shine. I will bring a unique understanding of inequities and extensive experience with coalition building to the boardroom. I’m prepared to work hard and passionately to serve the community I love in a new capacity, and I’m eager to engage with a diverse group of board members to collaboratively seek the best solutions for every student in Orange County Schools.
As a resident of northern Orange County and a parent of children in Orange County Schools for over two decades, LaTarndra Strong has laid deep roots in our community. As the founder of the Hate-Free Schools Coalition and a member of the Orange County Schools Equity Task Force, LaTarndra has attended nearly every school board meeting for the last several years. She spearheaded the Mayor's Leadership Club to mentor Orange County middle- and high-school students alongside former Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens. This program will continue under the leadership of Hillsborough’s new mayor, Jennifer Weaver.
LaTarndra is a former member of the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ and is actively looking for a new spiritual community to call home. Additionally, she is the current Vice President of the Northern Orange NAACP and has previously served as the director of Efland Cheeks Community Center's summer programs. She has been a foster parent for over 15 years, nurturing children of many different ethnicities with a variety of lived experiences in our district. In addition to her work as a parent and community member, she has a professional background in accounting and is currently an employee of the University of North Carolina.