April Montgomery

April Montgomery

Editor’s note: The Frederick News-Post is profiling candidates for various public offices in Frederick County leading up to the July 19 primary elections. Each school board profile will include an audio recording of the full interview.

Brunswick parent April Montgomery said she would work to rebuild trust between the school system and the community if she won a seat on the Frederick County Board of Education.

Montgomery said she decided to run for office when she overheard a virtual seventh grade health class lecture of her daughter’s. She said the subject matter was “very mature” and “not necessary” and made her daughter “visibly uncomfortable,” though she didn’t specify what it was.

“That was my biggest, main flag,” Montgomery said. “It was the oversexualized material that was being presented.”

If elected, Montgomery said, she would enact policies that make it easier for parents to understand and access the content of their children’s lessons. She’d also try to foster better relationships between teachers and parents, she said.

“When there’s a lack of transparency, [people] are immediately going to believe there’s something sinister going on,” Montgomery said. “Like, ‘Why didn’t I know about this? What are you trying to do?’ ”

Montgomery has been a vocal critic of the district’s move to adopt new health curriculum standards from the state that include references to sexual and gender identity. At public meetings, she has also taken issue with the district’s textbook approval process and mask policies.

Before moving to Frederick in March 2020, Montgomery said, she lived in Colorado and worked as a special education instructional assistant. She said that background would be an asset on the board.

Montgomery said she would advocate for more training and resources for special education staffers. She pointed to a recent U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Frederick County Public Schools’ misuse of seclusion and restraint against students with disabilities, arguing that the findings proved the board would benefit from someone with experience in special education.

Her time in that job taught her how to assist children in crisis, she said.

“Understanding each individual child is how we actually progress into being able to tell when these things are coming,” Montgomery said, “so that we can help them to de-escalate before it gets too far.”

Montgomery said she was glad Cheryl Dyson, the district’s incoming superintendent, declared that special education would be a priority of her tenure.

“Having a background in special needs, it is definitely near and dear to my heart,” she said.

Since launching her campaign, Montgomery has aligned with three other self-described conservative women in the race: Heather Fletcher, Ashley Nieves and Tiffany Noble.

Like her allies, Montgomery said she would work to get all of the board’s committee meetings televised and available for streaming later. While the board’s main meetings are in the evenings, have livestreaming and can be watched later, most of its subcommittees meet during working hours and are not recorded.

Montgomery floated the idea of creating “a database for each teacher” that displayed their lesson plans and curriculum materials.

Though Montgomery “never” expected she’d run for office, she said, she “dived in head first” and is “already bringing transparency to the parents.”

“We need people on the board like myself that are going to stand up and be brave, have the hard conversations and make the right decision for everybody, not just one specific group,” Montgomery said.

The other candidates in the school board race are: Nancy Allen, Olivia Angolia, Liz Barrett, Ysela Bravo, David Brooks, Rae Gallagher, Mark Joannides, Rayna Remondini, Cindy Rose, Dean Rose, Justi Thomas and Karen Yoho.

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Jillian Atelsek covers education for The Frederick News-Post. She grew up near Woodsboro, attended Walkersville High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2020 with degrees in journalism and history.

(44) comments

Hayduke2

"she lived in Colorado " before moving here in 2020... Wanna bet she was in crazy Boebart's district.

shiftless88

This quote is a winner: "She’d also try to foster better relationships between teachers and parents, she said" How about if you start by staying out of their decisions and curriculum? Let them do the job that they trained years for.

shiftless88

"I want to keep my kids ignorant about the world until they are 25 years old and I am disturbed the education involves learning." That should be her summary statement.

Boomer631B

so she has conservative nut values like we do not have liberal nut values already on the BOE that continue to push a progressive agenda if they could in close meetings...

Greg F

Boomer, your nut values find nothing wrong with January 6th or thoughts of stolen elections, racism, and overall bigotry. Your party nut values are an attempt to normalize anti-intellectual thinking and perpetuate lies through disinformation campaigns and media fantasyland anchors that spout hate (Tucker Carlson for one) as if t were as natural as breathing. There’s enough progressive stuff already and even this lib is tired of the hammering over the head by a nonstop parade of issues and over representation and exaggerated portrayals of special groups. I don’t even listen to NPR as it’s nonstop about LGBTQ to the point they ignore other issues. Seems 70% of stories are that…not that LGBTQ is a bad thing, but it’s over represented there, as much as your side blathers all day long about insanity and gun rights.

Boomer631B

Thanks Greg F. now try to relax and breathe easy...

Greg F

There are nuts on both sides and neither are needed, especially that nut.

Greg F

Another prude we don't need on any ballot anywhere. Other than PARENT...let's see some real qualifications like fiscal policy, administration, prior Government work, or anything that doesn't involve a whack-a-doodle nut-job that gets bent all out of shape by anything involving a topic that isn't about prudish conservative nut "values."

mikebinkley2022

April Montgomery is running with the same slate that includes Heather Fletcher, the woman who decided it was her perogative to dismantle a LGBTQ display at the Brunswick library. Silence on this action indicates support for this action - Ms. Montgomery does not care to serve the entire Frederick community.

Greg F

Also has issues with masks…gee…so we will have that anti-science front to fight too. Nope.

stjohn42

While claiming to work for everybody, she is actually working quite hard to exclude a lot of kids from the educational process. The literature that she has sent, that I have seen, all decries the presence of politics in the BOE, but immediately moves to a pitch for fundraising events including Hough, Neil Parrott (sp?) and other conservative politicians. I know many people who support Hough, and many who oppose him, but I don't know anyone who says he isn't political.

shiftless88

people only decry the presence of "politics" when they don't like the politics

Hayduke2

Nope, no way... Another kook...

Boomer631B

A solid consideration and for the record when you see the candidates that are being touted by Jan and the teachers with their red apple crap... it is time for voters to select conservative direction for the board... wait and see what Brad does to the council and our county if he is elected there... love to see the BOE email traffic once they found out about the DOJ report and what they knew and how they responded... and Jan and her cronies knew exactly what the law was and how to skirt it on the edge... and they said Blaine was dirty... maybe Jan needs a shower...

Piedmontgardener

I'd love some more description of the subject matter that the candidate objects to. Because that subjective statement she made is worthless to evaluate without it.

Thewheelone

Piedmont, that describes pretty much everything that Boomer writes...

Boomer631B

he was not addressing my comment because at the time my comment was not even posted... then again I am sure all of you democrats like the price of gas etc... thanks to your great leadership at the federal level and now you want us to let liberals run crazy at the local level - think not!

Greg F

Where were you when Obama brought it down from where it was before he got elected. Crickets. Gas is up because of the war and endless supply manipulation and ever-convenient downtime for maintenance that should be built into a chain that doesn’t see that not accounted for way ahead. Add global demand from coming out of the pandemic and it is a perfect storm. You cry wolf so much I bet you’re turning into one.

Boomer631B

gas prices are not up because of Putin they were up way before that started and ever since joey came into office pushing the liberal progressive climate policy well fossil fuels went downhill and then inflation started across the board and Putin well added a little to it, but it is mainly liberal policies destroying our economy! We were fine coming out of the pandemic if federal workers would go back to their buildings and work... rather be a wolf than a sheep always looking for a handout from the government because too lazy to work for it themselves...

shiftless88

The lowest gas prices in the past ten years were in early 2016 under, drum roll, OBAMA! I will have to look back and see if Boomer was praising Obama at the time. What was your username back then, boomer?

shiftless88

Boomer; gas and oil prices have been going up since around June 2020. Which liberal policies was Trump implementing at that time?

Hayduke2

Nailed it Wheel, no substance and lots of whataboutism....

Aslan19

It is interesting that people on here are commenting about worthless statements and wanting more detail when the article's subject is on a conservative person or topic. However, when the topic/subject is a Democrat, crickets.

Fredginrickey

Perhaps they know more about the Democrats running, they are locals.

This candidate is new to the area. GQP victim complex.

Greg F

She’s probably afraid the furries will come after her.

Boomer631B

So true they are pure hypocrites and look at the federal level when dealing with their Jan 6th stuff compared to how they avoid the BLM ANTIFA riots as if they never occurred... and their delusion about Russian collusion only to move onto something else when now it points directly to them as the violators of law etc... we need a solid BOE that leans more conservative and that will give our children the best hope for a quality education and stop the insane curricula from invading our system.

Hayduke2

Boomer = what about, what about, what about....

Fredginrickey

Conservative like Rep. Boebert? Wink, wink, nudge nudge

threecents

Sorry, but what does an attempt to overthrow the government have to do with Civil Rights demonstrations? And what do either of them have to do with the Frederick BoE?

Greg F

BLM was not a direct threat to the Government and peaceful transfer of power that has been uninterrupted since George Washington had the job. Apples to kumquats boomie boy. Not even close.

Greg F

Oh…and don’t forget Agent Orange supported Russia’s rational for invasion. No collusion….a blind person can see it.

phydeaux994

Boomer, who were you before you were Boomer, user1?

Hayduke2

phy - I think you nailed it.. Either user1 or Bosco...

public-redux

Try looking here:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/letter_to_editor/the-team-for-fcps-future/article_fea4f421-5f21-58f3-9190-b3a4f2250492.html#comments

threecents

Asian19, From my perspective, I am voting for job candidates, which is why I emphasized the candidate's pertinent credentials - or lack thereof. MmKay?

Fredginrickey

Uh, No.

AOC

Jan Gardner, selected slate, does not include the Ms. Montgomery. Her preferred slate includes the same slate proposed by Ms. Val Dale yesterday.

But that did not stop our county executive from violating FCPS regulations to promote her favs in the video tagged to this site. (promoting her preferred BOE slate on the grounds of Frederick High School. Wonder who crafted the video, was it created County or BOE video services employees?

https://www.bravo4boe.com/

FCPS regulations are specific:

314.5 Use of FCPS Facilities - Political Activities

A. FCPS buildings and grounds may be used for non-partisan political debates and issues forums sponsored by FCPS or non-partisan organizations. FCPS BUILDINGS OR GROUNDS SHALL NOT BE USED FOR political rallies, political fundraisers, AND PRESENTATIONS BY CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE OR RELATED ELECTION ACTIVITIES. FCPS buildings or grounds shall also not be used for partisan activities associated with any issue scheduled to be included on the ballot of the next election. Nothing herein shall serve to restrict the county Board of Elections in the administration of Election Day activities.

AOC

A final thought. Dean Rose and Ysela Bravo probably had no idea their participation in a political advertisement on school grounds was a violation of FCPS regulations. But Yoho and Gallagher, being seated on the BOE, had to know or should have known (as well as CE Gardner) it was a violation of FCPS regulations.

Apparently CE Gardner, Yoho and Gallagher have adopted a variation of the quote attributed to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut’s order during the Civil War, at the battle of Mobile Bay (August 5, 1864). "Dam the regulations, full steam ahead."

threecents

A variation of the quote attributed to General Jeff Foxworthy, "If you look like a psycho and post like a psycho, you just might be a psycho.

Aslan19

Stop describing yourself Cents. We are aware of who/what you are.

threecents

Asian19, Fair point, but have you tried double clicking on AOC's avatar?

public-redux

It isn’t clear that that video was “on the grounds” of FHS. A public street adjoins the school parking lot and all the walking toward the camera could well be on the street. I can’t tell.

threecents

Any qualifications, other than her current occupation of stay at home mom?

stjohn42

She also has apparently volunteered in a class in some capacity.

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