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.
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.
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.
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.
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