School Board District 1


← Return to the voters guide homepage

Nonpartisan 

Alex Fahmy

Where you live: Damascus 

Date of birth: April 18, 1995

Current occupation and employer:

Sports PR, marketing and partnerships

Political experience:

N/A

Website: https://www.voteforalex.org

Email: alexfahmy08@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399705398645772

Why are you running for this office?

Parents are becoming aware of the lack of emphasis on math, English, and writing. Parents are seeing there is a lack of emphasis on goal-setting, career planning, financial literacy, and developing the trades and life skills in order to succeed in a global competition.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

There are many important issues. As a member of the school board, there will be no more mask or vaccine mandates for teachers and students. I will also encourage parents to be more involved with their son or daughter’s education, so they know what is being taught in the classroom. Parents will be able to attend their child’s classes, and receive curriculums developed by the teacher when they request to see it. Another important issue is MCPS needs to hire more teachers, not cut them. I also think salaries for teachers need to be based on the teacher’s workload.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

Schools need to stay open. Children did not learn, they lost their social skills, and teachers were forced to create and teach curriculums through a screen.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

This is a leadership position, and I will lead the future generation to success. I evaluate start-ups for a venture capital firm so underrepresented founders and young entrepreneurs can live their dream. There is no reason why the next Elon Musk, Shahid Khan, and Lori Greiner can’t be from the Montgomery County Public Schools system. We need to make sure what is being taught in the classroom will set your son or daughter up for success.


Jay Guan

Where you live: Clarksburg

Date of birth: July 1986

Current occupation and employer:

System Engineer – Leidos

Political experience:

Ran unsuccessfully for Board of Education At-Large, 2020

Website: https://www.jayguan4boe.com

Email: jg@jayguan4boe.com

Facebook: facebook.com/JG4BOE

Why are you running for this office?

Public education was my path to upward social mobility. I am deeply grateful for it. I am running for the Board of Education to ensure that this upwardly mobile path will be here for our children and grandchildren. I am running to ensure that MCPS can prepare all of our kids for a rapidly evolving future. I am running to improve transparency and restore public trust.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

Make MCPS operations more resilient and its decision process more transparent. Data transparency is a key component. To that end, easy access to academic performance, operational, and demographic data is a must. The community should not have to go through a MPIA/FOIA request, or try to extract data from a simplified dashboard with a difficult-to-use tool to receive this data.

Furthermore, we need to consistently and succinctly communicate our intent, criteria and how these criteria and information are used in the process.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

The re-opening of MCPS in January can certainly be better. We could have been more clearer in communicating and explaining the decision process surrounding individual schools going virtual. We could take a page from surrounding jurisdictions. Strategies such as test-to-return were employed successfully in neighboring jurisdictions.
Ultimately, we need to make MCPS operations more resilient, improve transparency regarding decision making processes, and conduct two-way community engagement and communication.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

In the past year, I served as the MCCPTA’s ESOL committee chair focusing on support for ESOL families. Previously I was part of MCPS’ ESOL and Bilingual Advisory Committee (EBAC) that focused on the same group. I am also a long time member of the Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group, where we brought previously unknown issues such as bullying (and pitfalls in its reporting process) to light and worked with MCPS to resolve them.

I am also currently on the Clarksburg Village HOA board that serves about 2,300 households. The board is tasked with ensuring the community’s budget, financial well-being, provisions of basic services (trash removal, landscaping, operations of amenities, etc.)


Grace Rivera-Oven (Information not submitted)


Esther Wells (Information not submitted)