I first moved to Fayette County in 1997 to work in management for Kroger after graduating from the University of Florida. It is there I met my husband Bill Lohr, McIntosh High School class of 1990, and son of former Peachtree City Fire Chief Stony Lohr. After marriage we moved away, but as our family grew, we knew we wanted our children to attend Fayette County Schools. We happily returned to family and Fayette County when we moved to Tyrone in 2008. Our first daughter, Olivia, began kindergarten in 2010, followed by Madison in 2012.

In 2012 as President of Tyrone Elementary Schoolís PTO, I started attending school board meetings as they discussed and eventually closed my daughters' school. After that experience, I chose to stay engaged because I saw the real impact that the School Board has on our children and our community. I have attended nearly every school board meeting since that time, often using my voice to advocate for our children. I have learned much about our school system and its governance over the past four years.

My dedication to public education is unwavering. As a parent with children in our school system, I am personally invested in the success of our schools. My record of volunteerism and activism shows my passion to work tirelessly and diligently to support the success of children in our community. Whether Iíve been working with an individual student through the Friends Mentoring Program or serving at the system level on a committee, whether it is my work with my Girl Scout troop or my work on the PTO, I am committed to the success of all of our children.

We moved here because of the Fayette County school system. Without a School Board that is willing to provide opportunities to prepare our children for their future, we'll just be known for what our school system used to be.

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