Here are a few of Cardell's contributions...

Mentoring Program


After my election in 2014, I launched the Cardell Patillo Leadership Academy. The Cardell Patillo Leadership Academy is a mentoring program created to aid in the nurturing and development of boys ages 5 to 18. The boys participate in workshops, trips and activities geared towards leadership enhancement and citizenship. To date we have mentored over 220 young men in the Portsmouth Public School Division. 

Summer Reading Program


Studies have shown that many students suffer academically due to the lack scholastic activity during the summer. For the last two years I’ve sponsored a Summer Reading program that encourages students to read while out for summer break.



To ensure that Portsmouth students have a voice fighting for them in Richmond, I attend the General Assembly session every year to advocate on their behalf. Adequate funding for education and equity will always be at the top of my priorities. 

Community & School Partnerships


Recognizing the importance of school and community partnerships, I remained active in creating opportunities for the community to collaborate with teachers, students and parents. One of the programs I organized was the "Community Impact Initiative". On the first day of school over 100 men gathered at Parkview Elementary to welcome students back to school. This served as great encouragement for the students and staff as they kicked off what would be a successful school year.  

State & Regional Representation


While on the Portsmouth School Board I was appointed to the Virginia Public School Authority by then Gov. Terry McAuliffe. I was also elected to serve as the Tidewater Regional Chair for the Virginia Schools Board Association. These new roles allowed me the opportunity to advocate for Portsmouth students and teachers on the state and regional levels. 

Actively Involved


Since joining the Portsmouth School Board Ive prided myself on remaining very active within our schools. I have participated in the following:

Host of the District History Bowl

Host of the District Teacher of the Year Ceremony

Career Day Participant


Title 1 Parent & Community Committee

Walking School Bus

Teacher Appreciation Week Sponsor

Read Across America Guest Reader

Keynote Speaker at Promotion Ceremonies

Annual special Appearance as Santa Clause 

Science Fair Judge

Share annual school board updates at school staff meetings

3rd Grade Reading Tutor