Erica Brignac is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for Delaware. She is a mother of two boys, ages 5 and 9. Professionally, Erica works as an art director and volunteers her design services to many non-profit children’s organizations and schools. Unprofessionally, she loves to decorate cupcakes, make costumes and spend time with her husband, children and extended family.
What book is currently on your nightstand? Bossypants by Tina Fey.
School Involvement: Develop and perform music and movement curriculum enrichment for preschool classes, Homeroom mom for 3 years, design and produce fundraising and informational flyers for public schools and children’s non-profit organizations.
One thing that is going great in education in your state: School choice.
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: Pre-service teacher training.
Your favorite teacher (and why): Miss Sarah Preston is my favorite teacher because her parental communication and mentorship taught me a great deal about how to better help my young son with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified).
Secret indulgence: French fries and chocolate chip cookies (but it’s no secret).
Favorite quote: “Instead of thinking outside the box, just get rid of it!” — Unknown
Biggest wish for your kids: To be independent, happy, compassionate people.
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): The most challenging stage was getting my younger son diagnosed and services needed to address his delays from age 21 months to present. My most rewarding is becoming a mom of a child with a disability which has also opened my eyes to the tremendous dedication I see in other parents of children with needs and the incredible perseverance these children have in their everyday lives.
Favorite family tradition: Celebrating birthdays with unique themed parties.
Favorite family activities: Playing games, building things out of LEGOS, movie nights, and staying in our pajamas all day once in a while!