"These leaders embrace the enormous diversity in our schools and support the investments necessary to ensure immigrant families have the tools they need to succeed. We are confident that our endorsed candidates--Ricardy Anderson, an immigrant from Haiti and awarded school administrator . . . --will ensure that all Fairfax County public schools can be institutions that embrace equity and inclusion for every child to succeed."
On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Fairfax Education Association (FEA) announced its endorsement of Ricardy Anderson for School Board. To earn the FEA endorsement, candidates were required to complete a questionnaire and interview with the FEA volunteer leadership team.
Ricardy is the only Teacher-Endorsed candidate in the race for the open Mason District seat for the Fairfax County School Board.
“I highly recommend Ricardy Anderson as the Mason District candidate to serve on the Fairfax County School Board.
On the basis of my 35 years in education as teacher in grades 6 – 8, member of the Fairfax County School Board representing Mason District, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for FCPS, and Director of Teacher Education at George Mason University, I believe that Ricardy Anderson's long and successful career has prepared her with the knowledge and skills to represent Mason District's diverse community.”
- Mary Anne Lecos, Ed.D Former School Board Member (Mason District)
“I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Ricardy Anderson for School Board. The Mason District covers portions of my district, including Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners. Ricardy’s personal background as a parent of students in the district and extensive professional experience as an educator make her the best candidate to represent the growing needs and concerns of our community. I urge members of the Mason District Democratic Committee to make plans to vote on April 24 for Ricardy for School Board.”
- Delegate Alfonso Lopez House of Delegates, District 49
"As the former chair of the Board of Supervisors and as a member of Congress representing Mason District, I am pleased to endorse Ricardy Anderson to succeed Sandy Evans on the Fairfax County School Board.
Ricardy’s personal story is the perfect example of the power of public education as an opportunity equalizer. As an immigrant and school principal, she understands the issues that face our students and schools in our diverse community. She is also experienced in balancing priorities and making difficult decisions to ensure the efficient use of resources. Ricardy understands the importance of maintaining strong relationships with the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation, and Congressional Representatives to increase and leverage funding and educational opportunities.
Ricardy is the candidate most qualified to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County School Board. She will be effective day one."
- Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) U.S. House of Representatives
"Dr. Ricardy Anderson will be a School Board member for all schools serving Mason District students. The value of education plays a huge role in Rickie's life, from an immigrant child speaking no English, to earning a doctorate for a career as both a classroom teacher and principal. These life experiences give her a unique perspective about the challenges facing teachers and students today, and I am proud to endorse her candidacy to be the next Mason District representative to the Fairfax County School Board."
- Supervisor Penny Gross Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Dr. Ricardy Anderson, a resident of Mason District since 2008, is running to represent her home district on the FCPS School Board. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the Mason District. Anderson, a former teacher and principal, holds a Doctoral Degree, and is the only professional educator running for the seat. She brings with her a wealth of experience, and a desire to tackle the challenging issues that the School Board faces.
With deep roots in the community, along with raising her two young children in Mason District, Ricardy is acutely aware of the challenges and needs of her district. She has never thought about running for public office in the past, but was moved to serve her community in an educational capacity. Watch Video starting at 14:48
"I am pleased to endorse Dr. Ricardy Anderson for the open Mason District Seat on the Fairfax County School Board. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk with Rickie and I have to say I’m so impressed. She walks the walk. She knows schools. She knows education. She has pledged to be a full-time school board member and spend a day in our schools every week. That hands-on approach is so valuable. This is someone who really cares, who is paying her grassroots dues in order to represent the people that she would like to represent as a member of the school board. I’m excited to know that we have someone like Rickie Anderson running for the Mason seat. I think she’s going to be a star."
-Sharon Bulova Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
“The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to endorse Ricardy Anderson for Mason District School Board. Ricardy has demonstrated a clear commitment to building trades issues in her personal and professional life. She understands the challenges that Fairfax County faces, and her plans for the School Board put a strong emphasis on high-quality union apprenticeship programs that offer a path to the middle-class. We are confident that Ricardy will be a strong ally to working families as a Fairfax County School Board member by pushing for access to skilled trade apprenticeship programs and responsible school construction policies.”
“Anderson is, in short, incredibly impressive and would make a superb addition to the Fairfax County School Board from the Mason District (replacing current School Board member Sandy Evans, who is retiring). Which is why I’m very confident in endorsing her for this position . . .”
“I am not normally in the business of endorsing candidates for school board positions because to be honest many are not educators and I am not always sure how much they understand about what it truly takes to work in a school day to day. I am not saying school board candidates have to be educators, and I have known many whose hearts are truly in the right place, but I just don’t normally publicly endorse school board candidates.
Until TODAY! . . .
[Ricardy] is THE REAL DEAL. I am highly supportive of Ricardy Anderson’s candidacy for a seat on the School Board!”
“I have known Dr. Anderson for 20 years as a fellow educator. She has a great wealth of experience as a teacher and school leader in both elementary and secondary settings. Dr. Anderson is strategic, intelligent and caring. She understands how schools and divisions work, as well as the obstacles districts face.
Dr. Anderson has both a theoretical and practical understanding of instruction. Most importantly, she is passionate about public education. She has and will continue to work hard to make sure schools support all students. I unequivocally endorse Dr. Ricardy Anderson for FCPS school board.”
—Maureen Nesselrode Principal, Arlington Public Schools
“Dr. Ricardy Anderson is an extraordinary leader. As my former principal, she was responsible for creating a positive vision learning environment for Cardinal Ridge Elementary, a brand-new school. She developed a dynamic, high performing team that created a successful vision for the school.
Under her leadership and guidance, the school blossomed. She developed an outstanding plan and executed it effectively to the benefit of the students, the community, and the staff. Students are always at the forefront of all of her administrative decisions. She developed leaders in her staff and worked hard to always support parents, students, and staff. She has a passion for education and always strives for excellence. She is an outstanding candidate for membership on the Fairfax County School Board.”
- Katie DeRosa Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools
“A good portion of House of Delegates District 53 covers the Mason District and includes schools in the Falls Church pyramid. Our long-time school board member Sandy Evans has announced her retirement at the end of this year. My choice to succeed Sandy is Ricardy Anderson.
Dr. Ricardy Anderson’s 23 years of experience as a classroom teacher, central office administrator, and building leader across three states will bring an important perspective and bold ideas to the Fairfax County School Board. Rickie knows the Mason District community as a long-time resident and volunteer. She knows FCPS as the parent of two elementary school children. Rickie, like many of our constituents, is a first-generation American.
She is the right person to represent the Mason District. I wholeheartedly endorse her.”
- Delegate Marcus Simon VA House of Delegates (District 53)
“I worked as a middle school mathematics teacher under Ricardy’s leadership. She brought powerful new data driven methodology to our campus. Ricardy was hands on. By this I mean she enjoyed and was consistent in entering classrooms with the intention of building relationships and observing pedagogy. All visits were followed by helpful and positive feedback. She is focused on building support mechanisms for our under-served student populations, with after school tutoring and instituting additional periods for students who benefited by extra focus on challenging subjects during the regular school day as few examples.
Without hesitation, I support the election of Ricardy Anderson to the Fairfax County School Board for the Mason District.”
-Stuart D. Shepard Teacher, Hayward-Unified School District
“Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Ricardy Anderson, a long-time Mason District resident, educator, and community volunteer who recently announced her candidacy for the open Mason District seat on the Fairfax County School Board. Ricardy is a former classroom teacher, Virginia Department of Education-recognized administrator, a former Army National Guard Reservist, a woman of color, and first-generation American.
Her professional and personal experiences, innovative ideas, and passion for helping children reach their full potential make her well-qualified to serve on the school board.”
-Senator David W. (Dave) Marsden Senate of Virginia (District 37)
“Dr. Anderson has always been and will continue to be a passionate and knowledgable advocate for children who understands the needs of both the students and the adults in the educational structure. Having worked side by side with her as a principal and now serving as a suburban superintendent, I can't think of anyone more qualified to serve on a school board who will have an unwavering focus in doing what is best for all students.”
-DR. SHELLEY HOLT SUPERINTENDENT OF WAYNE-WESTLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Dr. Anderson exemplifies the characteristics that an effective school board member should possess. She is driven by student achievement and focuses on what is best for all students. She works with parents, teachers, community members, and students to accomplish the set-forth vision and attain collective goals.
“Ricardy Anderson has a deep lifelong commitment to children and educational excellence, but she also has the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver. As an immigrant and as the mother of two FCPS elementary school children, she knows firsthand the challenges that we face in the Mason District, and the strategies to best deploy FCPS's resources so that every child can realize their potential.”
— Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg Friend and Community Activist