Rachna Sizemore Heizer (she, hers, her) was sworn into office as one of three At-Large School Board Member on December 12, 2019. Her term expires in 2023. Sizemore Heizer is the child of immigrants, a college professor, lawyer, and a disability justice advocate. She will work to ensure our schools provide an excellent strengths-focused education that fosters all interests and focuses on critical thinking, collaboration, inclusivity, and a transparent environment for students, educators, and families, and the strategic use of resources to close gaps and ensure consistency and quality across the county. As a first-generation American, she understands both the immigrant experience and what it means to be a citizen of our great democracy and hopes to use that experience to be a voice for our growing diverse population of students and families.
Sizemore Heizer brings a variety of experience, community advocacy and engagement, and expertise to her role on the school board. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the Program Coordinator of Human Resource Development and teaches online classes in employment law, human resource leadership, and diversity and cultural competency at Texas Tech University. She has spent over a decade as an advocate working to implement system-wide changes that have helped Fairfax County students and residents. Her proudest achievement is championing a new statewide path to a standard diploma change that will allow thousands to access college and federal student aid. Sizemore Heizer has provided free trainings to parent groups on “Effective Advocacy,” and presented to educational groups on “Strengths-Based Education for Students with Disabilities,” workplace organizations on “Cultural Competency and Workplace Accommodations for People with Behavioral Disabilities,” and political organizations on “Disability Inclusion across Political Movements.” In 2019, she received Fairfax County’s Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award.
As an experienced community board member, former management consultant, and small business owner, she is well versed in the oversight role of the school board and plans to use her experience to ensure fiscal responsibility and implementation fidelity. She was the Braddock District appointee to the Board of Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, served on the Board for the ARC of Northern Virginia, was an appointed member of the Fairfax County Public School Board’s Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities, and a former Board member of the Fairfax County Special Education PTA. Previously, Sizemore Heizer was a criminal justice professor at George Mason University. She brings a passion for juvenile justice reform, arts education, and robust civics education to her role on the school board.
Ms. Sizemore Heizer is the proud parent of two children and a stepson. Her children, a current FCPS student and a recent graduate, have attended FCPS for their entire educational career. In her spare time, she is a fitness instructor and a runner. She and her husband enjoy traveling and cooking together but her favorite job is roadie for her son, a musician with autism.
Current term expires 12/31/23
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