Meet Kelly

Kelly Carmichael Booz is running for Alexandria School Board in District B

Kelly is a mom, wife, and life-long educator passionate about public education. 

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When I previously served on the Alexandria School Board, seven of us on the nine-member body were brand new to the board. I served during a relatively normal time (before COVID-19 and before an uptick in divisive politics), but as a new member it was a steep learning curve navigating the budget process, reviewing and setting policies for the division, and managing the superintendent.

 

Now all three incumbents in district B are not running for reelection. Given the critical time we are in with school reopening, learning recovery, and other important issues impacting Alexandria, experience counts as we map the future. We have lost too much time over the last year. We cannot afford to lose more time with an inexperienced board. 

 

I will be ready on day one.

 

I will serve our community and focus our budget and policies on what’s best for our students: in-person learning, safety and security, and social-emotional support. 

 

I cannot wait to meet you and to earn your vote. I hope to also gain your support - to get elected I will need volunteers to help spread the word through email, door knocking, phone calls, Zooms, meet and greets, and putting up yard signs. And certainly, if you are able, your donations will ensure I get my message out in our community.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know me a little better. I am so excited about this opportunity to put my experience to work for you and our public schools. 

20+ Years of Experience in Education

 

Kelly brings more than 20 years of hands on experience in education, from educational policy and tools to educational outcomes:

  • Kelly directs the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) PreK-12 digital resources serving over 1.8 million educators on the AFT's Share My Lesson, the AFT's E-Learning professional development platform, and the production and dissemination of PreK-12 publication for the AFT's 1.7 million members. 

  • Kelly was elected to the Alexandria City School Board in 2012 and served on the Board from 2013-2015. 

  • In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Kelly to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee to evaluate the Virginia accountability and assessment systems. 

  • In 2017, Kelly was named Alexandria, Virginia's Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40.

 

Civic Education Advocate

 

Kelly also brings extensive experience in civic education: 

  • Kelly serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Civics, a nonprofit created to promote constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement, empowering the next generation of leaders in Virginia.

  • Previously, Kelly served as Director of Civic Education at James Madison’s Montpelier directing the Virginia We the People program and as Manager of Teacher Programs at Alexandria’s Close Up Foundation.

  • Kelly’s passion for civic education began when she taught middle and high school students for the Close Up Foundation weeklong civic seminars.

Service in Alexandria

  • Kelly serves on the Kathy Wilson Foundation board, which seeks free universal developmental screening of Alexandria children 0-5.

  • Kelly currently serves on the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Advisory Committee.  

  • In 2012, Kelly was elected to the Alexandria Democratic Committee Executive Committee and served as the Volunteer Coordinator. 

 

Education

 

Kelly received her M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Kelly graduated from the Political Leaders Program with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia in 2011. 

 

Family

 

Kelly is married to Hendrick Booz, who is a product of public schools in Fairfax County and is teaching his 21st year as a high school English teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Kelly and Hendrick have two kids in ACPS who attend Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. Madeline is finishing her 2nd grade year and William is finishing his kindergarten year.