"I have witnessed first-hand Nancy Van Doren's tireless commitment to Arlington's children and families for more than a decade, having served with her on a variety of PTA and APS Committees. Nancy is a recognized leader in Arlington on the topic of special education, has been an advocate for second language, special education and gifted students, and has assisted numerous families in obtaining the services they need for their children to succeed academically. Nancy has always spoken up for families who would otherwise have no voice in the system. She is smart, compassionate, has common sense and doesn't shy away from asking tough questions. Arlington Public Schools continues to face a number of challenges, and I am convinced that Nancy's brand of informed, experienced, no-nonsense yet compassionate leadership is exactly what we need on the School Board."