I have lived in Manassas or the greater Manassas area for most of my life. I graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1983, which is where I studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Neither of my parents graduated from high school. They raised five children, while working multiple jobs to develop the needed skills and educating themselves so they could still have good jobs that allowed for opportunities for my siblings and myself. I know the value of education and what it can provide. And, I know what it is to work hard to just make ends meet.
Following high school, I worked and attended Northern Virginia Community College where I excelled and became an honor student. My exemplary grades allowed me to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University and subsequently be accepted into the nursing program at MCV in Richmond. The scholarships I received supplemented my education and provided me the opportunity for internships and career growth. I am proud to say I was the first in my family to graduate from college.
In 1990 I married Bill Sebesky, who also lived in Manassas. Bill has worked for the Federal Government for over 32 years and is currently a project manager for the IRS.
My two adult children attended Manassas City Schools where they received excellent educations, experienced great opportunities and grew into well-rounded adults. Both of them graduated from Osbourn High School, with advanced degrees and college credits. Our daughter, Emily, is 23 years old. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2015. Our son, Joseph, is 19 and will be starting his second year at the University of Mary Washington in the fall. Sadly, our second daughter Lauren, who was born in 1995, died from a congenital heart problem at just two weeks of age.