Parent and education advocate Julie Sisson has declared a candidacy for the at-large seat on the Loudoun County School Board.
Sisson, a 22-year Leesburg resident and parent of an LCPS student and LCPS graduate, said in a statement that running for the School Board is a natural extension of the work she’s been doing for years.
During her tenure as a member of her homeowners association board, Sisson helped organize her neighbors to fight against the Tractebel Power Plant that was proposed to be built just east of Leesburg.
“That was the point where I first realized that everyday citizens really can have an impact on their communities. When my children started school, my focus naturally shifted to that arena,” Sisson said in a prepared statement.
Sisson volunteered in her children’s schools for more than 15 years. She has served as an officer of several boards, including president of the Cool Spring Elementary School PTA and Heritage High School Drama Boosters and as the long-time treasurer of the Heritage High Music Boosters. She was honored as Heritage High School’s 2017-18 Volunteer of the Year.
“If I have the time and talent to give, I always ask myself, ‘Why not me?’” she said
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in accounting, Sisson spent nearly 20 years as a CPA. She feels her financial background will serve her well on the School Board. She said she knows how to analyze a budget, how to read an audit report and how to ask the right questions.
For the past 10 years, Sisson has helped manage her husband’s software services company, and she said she learned a lot about setting priorities and making tough decisions in running a small business. She said she will bring a balanced viewpoint to the School Board.
Sisson said Loudoun has become a leader in STEM programs, particularly with the opening of the new Academies of Loudoun, but liberal arts, fine arts and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy programs must also be preserved and supported.
“Not every child wants to be an engineer or scientist, and many parents whose children have other interests are feeling left behind,” Sisson said in a statement.
A musician herself, Sisson said she is a big supporter of fine arts.
“The band room was home to me when I was in school. I see that same feeling of belonging in today’s fine arts students,” Sisson said. “Everyone is accepted here. And I’ve witnessed firsthand how participating in fine arts can literally save a child.”
Sisson, who also serves on the Standing Residential Traffic Committee for the Town of Leesburg, said she is proud of her track record of service and her ability to work alongside her fellow citizens.
Sisson lives in Leesburg with her husband of 23 years, John, and their son, Peyton, a junior at Heritage. Their daughter, Madelyn, is a sophomore at William & Mary.
Sisson will be running against challenger Kenya Savage and incumbent Beth Huck.