Currently serving as a Montgomery County Board of License Commissioner, Laurie is a former Maryland Board of Education member and was an effective PTA leader at the local and county levels for over 10 years. She is a Leadership Montgomery graduate, a 2014 candidate for the MCPS Board of Education, and was named a “White House Champion of Change” by President Obama’s administration for her advocacy work. She was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments & Testing in Public Schools in 2015/16.
Before moving to Montgomery County in 1998, Laurie worked nine years as a senior analyst and communications writer for an employee benefits consulting firm and as a human resources generalist for a Fortune 500 company. She has two sons who graduated from Churchill High School and are now college students at Purdue and Duke Universities.
Widowed two years ago, Laurie’s husband Mike, a consulting actuary who was active in the community as an MSI soccer coach and Assistant Scout Master, died from complications with colon cancer. She has spoken publicly about the grieving process and the importance of a Will and estate planning.
A Record of Success, as a Leader in Your Community
Listening and leading for over 15 years in her community, Laurie is ready to be your District 15 Representative. She knows what goes on in Annapolis, what is not being done, and what needs to be done.
When you vote for Laurie Halverson, you know you are voting for a candidate with a proven record of success as a trusted representative of the community. Here are examples of how Laurie has effectively represented members in our community:
Maryland Accountability System for Public Schools: As a Maryland Board of Education Member, Laurie helped shape the state’s new accountability system as required through the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
Human Trafficking and Suicide Prevention: While a State Board of Education Member, Laurie served on a committee that developed a pilot program to focus on suicide prevention and address the lack of district staff knowledge in recognizing signs of human trafficking.
Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments & Testing in Public Schools: Laurie was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on this commission and helped to shape the recommendations brought forward in a report, which prompted school systems to put less emphasis on “teaching to the test.”
School Building Improvements: When Bells Mill Elementary School had a crisis with mold in portable classrooms in 2005, Laurie was the PTA President Elect who worked with the community and elected officials to find a solution to ensure the health and safety of the students and teachers: eight new portable classrooms, a one-year-earlier-school modernization and $700,000 of upgrades to the holding school during the transitions. Years later when she became Health and Safety Chair of MCCPTA, Laurie continued advocacy efforts to influence the superintendent to improve the installation and maintenance practices of the hundreds of portable classrooms throughout the county.
As a PTA Cluster Coordinator for the Churchill Community, when Cabin John Middle School neighbors were upset about a 20-foot wall being built at the construction site of the school renovation, Laurie worked with County Councilman Roger Berliner and the MCPS Director of Construction to organize a community meeting within one week and find an acceptable compromise. She also worked with the Director of Construction to develop a punch list of needed repairs to ensure safety and ADA compliance when Cabin John staff and students moved to the Tilden Holding School. In addition, she helped coordinate a successful boundary-change within the Churchill community
Artificial Turf Fields: As MCCPTA Health/ Safety Chair, when Laurie learned of potential health hazards to children using artificial turf fields, Laurie organized and moderated an Artificial Turf forum with experts in the natural and artificial turf fields to share knowledge and discuss alternative, more cost-effective options. She researched costs to the county and submitted public comments to the County Council, warning that artificial turf fields would cost more than maintaining natural fields. Since these efforts, our elected officials have recognized these concerns and are committed to safer infill materials instead of using rubber tire infill which contains toxins. Montgomery County Parks has also recently filed suit against the artificial turf company because of unsafe flaws in their product.
Common Core State Standards: As Vice President of Educational Issues at MCCPTA, Laurie worked to ensure that parents and PTA leaders were informed about the Common Core State Standards and was invited to speak at a White House Summit to express concerns about how Race to the Top policies were affecting local schools.
Bullying in Schools: Laurie was awarded White House Champion of Change for her advocacy efforts on bullying prevention and co-chaired the MCPS committee to create the first anti-bullying policy at MCPS.
School Discipline: Laurie drafted the MCCPTA letter to the Maryland State Department of Education in 2012 to express concerns with the proposed state regulations on suspensions and expulsions.
Grading and Reporting: As Co-Chair of the MCCPTA Curriculum Committee, Laurie led advocacy efforts to support more understandable and simplified report cards and more opportunities for parent/teacher conferences.
Charter Schools: Laurie testified in Annapolis to support a bill that would create more flexibility to the State Charter School Law. Laurie also served on the Charter School Review Committee for MCPS.
Helping Stay-at-Home Moms: Laurie was the President of the Moms Club of Potomac and helped moms transition from corporate life to being a stay-at-home mom.
Teaching Boy Scouts: Laurie continues to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of Troop 1434.
Other Committees on which Laurie Served: MCCPTA Grading and Reporting Committee, MCPS Committee on Grading and Reporting Surveys, MCPS Math Implementation Team, Committee to review the policy on gangs, MCPS School Health Council. Laurie continues to hold leadership positions at Faith United Methodist Church, Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club and Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women.