Why I’m Running
I am running for School Board because I believe that public education is intimately tied to the future vitality of our communities, our county, and our nation. Investing in our children now, means a vibrant future for our youth. In order to provide every child with the education they deserve, the Loudoun County School Board must have a vision, create structures to support that vision, and be accountable to the public. We must advocate strongly for our students and staff who are directly impacted by decisions that are made. Seeking input and providing a method for our teachers, employees, parents and the community to communicate, and have a voice with the board, is key in assessing and addressing the needs of the school division.
Having dedicated 25 years of my career to the children and community of Loudoun County, I am the only Loudoun County Public School teacher running—for the board with a proven track record and history of impacting educational practices county-wide. My chosen career path, consisting of first-hand experience, has enabled me to touch the lives of thousands of LCPS children, families, colleagues and community members.
My education, educational career experience, business experience, personal experience as a parent of 3 LCPS graduates and as a 33-year resident of Loudoun County, by far surpass any other candidates’ statistics and will bring a much-needed view and voice to the board. Many candidates can speak to the issues; however, very few of them have experienced or have first-hand knowledge of these topics, or the experience and/or history of actually impacting the LCPS school division, students and families on the same level.
Every top-rated school division has a board dedicated to understanding and meeting the needs of the children, staff and community it serves. They devote countless hours of time listening, collaborating, researching and strategizing to implement and drive policy to provide the best educational experience for all. I am running for school board because I have the dedication, proven track record, experience and a vested interest in Loudoun County Public Schools.
Denise Corbo is an award-winning educator and nonprofit leader who focuses on children’s literacy. A gifted and talented resource teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools, she began her career teaching high school vocational education. After receiving a master’s degree in elementary education from Marymount University, she taught kindergarten and first grade and has served as a technology resource teacher. Corbo earned a provisional Elementary Administration and Gifted and Talented endorsements through the University of Virginia, in additional to the National Board Teacher Certification.
In addition to teaching gifted and talented students, Corbo currently serves as president and founder of StoryBook Treasures, a nonprofit reaching more than 6,000 students across five states, with the mission of putting books into the hearts, hands and homes of children.
During her 33 years in education, Corbo has worked with students of every age and income level. She observed that the one common factor for success in all students is achieving literacy. Thus, she devotes her life to sharing her passion, helping schools focus on the power of early literacy intervention and creating a positive culture of readers. Her mission is to show teachers how to be the inspiration to create readers who fall in love with books.
Recently named the Loudoun County Washington Post Teacher of the Year, Corbo has been featured on ABC’s WJLA News7 and local newspapers, and in 2018 she received a Virginia House Resolution highlighting her contributions to education.
MARY V. BICOUVARIS VIRGINIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Teacher of the Year, nominee — 2018 – 2019
Loudoun Cares Volunteer of the Year Award Winner — 2018
Loudoun County, Washington Post Teacher of the Year— 2018
LCPS, Washington Post Teacher of the Year, nominee — 2017
LCPS Mentor Council Award — 2001
Certificate of Recognition — Commonwealth of Virginia Knowledge Web Lesson-1999
Teacher of the Month – 1991
Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year nominee – 1991
Outstanding Vocational Teacher of the Year – 1991
33 Years of Virginia Teaching Experience – 25 years in Loudoun County: Teacher, Vocational Education Teacher, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Technology Resource Teacher, Administration Provisional Endorsement, National Board Certified Teacher
2018 Loudoun County Teacher of the Year —Awarded for outstanding educational practices and contributions to LCPS
Founder and President of StoryBook Treasures, a National Education Nonprofit — Nonprofit business leadership and management, fundraising, accounting, running and chairing a board
Created the 1st LCPS Electronic Report Card -Initiated the development and prototype of the 1st LCPS report card
Created LCPS Mentor Program Framework -Collaborated with the Staff Development Committee to establish the current and operating LCPS Mentor program
Created the LCPS Gifted Program Framework to Close the Minority Identification Gap —Two years after implementing the framework, the eligibility of gifted students’ percentage went from 0 students to 18 at Sugarland Elementary. The number of underrepresented students has been steadily rising each year as the framework has spread throughout the county
Raised over $100,000 to support the StoryBook Treasures Literacy Enrichment program in Loudoun County — impacted Sugarland Elementary literacy scores: raised scores from 63% to 92% in the four years SBT was implemented
30 year VEA member, 25 year LEA member
Actively working with the LEA membership committee and with LEA President, David Palanzi to address the county-wide technology issues
25 Year PTO/PTA Member