This story is the second of a series featuring the newly elected members of the Orange County Schools Board of Education. Read about newly elected board member Bonnie Hauser.
This July, Carrie Doyle will begin her term as one of three new Orange County Schools Board of Education members.
Her election comes during an uncertain time for Orange County and the rest of the world. However, she said she hopes that in this time she can help the school system return to normalcy while continuing her goals of increasing equity and communication within the district.
Doyle said she has been both a teacher and a parent in Orange County Schools. She said her background has given her a broad perspective that allows her to understand the perspective of parents in the community and the school faculty.
“As a former classroom teacher I have some sensitivity to the experience of teachers and I've also raised three kids in the public schools here in Orange County,” she said.
She also has experience as a minister leader within her church, which she said taught her how to build consensus. She hopes that while on the board, she can be a voice that encourages cooperation while also seeking to make sure that all voices are heard.
“I served as the ministry leader at my church for 13 years and have pursued changes in how we approach systemic racism as a congregation, and so that is something where I've participated with both individuals and committees to push the conversation, but do it in a way that is hopefully respectful and hoping to persuade people to serve the greater good," she said.
She said once elected, her largest goals are to increase communication and equity across Orange County, work that she believes the district started when they adopted a racial equity policy in January 2019.
Doyle said she will work closely with the district’s chief equity officer, Dena Keeling. In addition, she said she hopes to increase communication across the district and use funding to decrease the gaps in student achievement. At the same time, she also said she wants to increase the resources provided to gifted student programs.