Public schools are critical to the health and prosperity of our communities. As parents, teachers, education experts, and community leaders, Neighbors for Public Schools is dedicated to understanding the challenges facing public schools and the commonsense solutions to improving them.

About Our Board

Steve Elliott

Steve serves as the Board President of Neighbors for Public Schools. Mr. Elliott is deeply invested in the health and success of public schools in his community and beyond. Since 2016, he’s served on the Albany, Wisconsin Board of Education and since 2017 has served as President of the Albany Board of Education. Steve has a long history of serving and volunteering for his country and community. Steve served in the Navy Reserve for a decade, from 2003 to 2013, and is a Volunteer Firefighter for the Albany Community Fire Department. Steve currently works an Inspector with the FDA. Mr. Elliott holds a BA from the University of Akron and attended Georgetown University’s Government program from 2002-2007, studying American Government.

Bill Bellows

Bill serves as the Board Treasurer of Neighbors for Public Schools. Bill is a Professorial Lecturer at American University, Kogod School of Business. Bill teaches classes in innovation, entrepreneurship and introduction to business. Before teaching, Mr. Bellows was an entrepreneur working in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia after starting his career in the mainframe and customer marketing divisions at IBM. He cares deeply about the health of public schools to ensure students have a pipeline from public education to economic success.

Corey Thornblad

Corey serves as Board Secretary of Neighbors for Public Schools. Corey is in her sixteenth year as a social studies teacher at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Virginia. Corey received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Theatre Arts from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she graduated summa cum laude. She later earned her Master of Education from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She was recognized as the 2016 Fairfax County Public School's Outstanding Teacher of the Year and a Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist. In 2017, Corey was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader. She is also a member of the National Education Association and Virginia Education Association. As a member of Moms Demand Action and a mother of two, she is passionate about advocating for sensible gun laws to protect American's children from gun violence.