Carolyn Weems is a wife, mother and long-time community and educational leader in Virginia Beach. After graduating from Clemson University, Carolyn moved to Hampton Roads where she coached Tennis and taught at Old Dominion University.
Carolyn and her husband Billy have been married for over 30 years and have five children. Together they started “Simply sales”, a small business printing company that has been operating in Virginia Beach for the past 25 years. For decades, Carolyn has volunteered in our schools, PTA’s, churches and community organizations.
She decided to take that experience into public policy, where in 2002 Carolyn was first elected to the Virginia Beach School Board. She was then re-elected in 2006,2010, 2014 and 2018, making her the longest serving Republican on the Virginia Beach School Board receiving thousands of votes city-wide. As a member of the school board, she has never voted in favor of any recommendation for a tax increase and has consistently advocated for improving and expanding instruction and opportunities for students receiving special education and technical/career courses of study.
Carolyn is a woman of strong faith, and is founder and President of Caitlyn’s HALO, a non-profit focused on Helping Addicts and Loved Ones. The organization was inspired after the tragic loss of their daughter, Caitlyn, after she became addicted to pain killers prescribed for a back injury. To educate others, Weems was instrumental in getting legislation passed that mandates all schools in Virginia to offer opioid focused education.
For her advocacy, Weems was named the recipient of the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award as well as the Virginia Beach Human Rights Award. Carolyn is co-chair of the Hampton Roads Opioid Working Group, a Sunday School teacher for Old Donation Episcopal Church, a Good News Club Leader, a reading tutor and a Cub Scout Den Leader.
All of her children graduated from Virginia Beach City Public Schools and her granddaughter is currently a student in our public schools as well.