Occupation: Teacher/Richland One (Hand Middle) / Retired principal (Calhoun County)
Education: Master's degree plus 30 hours (additional hours in educational administration)
Experience in Political or Related Positions: School board member – Four years
Why should voters choose you in this election?
I am an educator, who strongly believes in and supports public school education. I am a product of public school education and so is my son.
I retired in 1997, after having worked in education for 30 years, 18 of those years in Calhoun County Schools, with 12.5 years being an elementary principal. I left the county briefly and moved to Columbia, but returned during the latter part 2000. While in Columbia, I became a volunteer for AmeriCorp VISTA, working as a reading tutor in the elementary schools of Richland District One. I also found time to organize an after-school program for the local church I attended.
Upon returning to St. Matthews, I found myself back in the midst of Calhoun County Schools. I loved it! I served as a teacher assistant, an elementary resource teacher and even as a middle school teacher, anywhere the district needed my services. Presently, I am a teacher in Richland District One at Hand Middle School. For about seven years prior to my deciding to run for a seat on our school board, I became a regular attendee at our school board meetings. Once deciding, I knew that my background and experiences as an educator, as well as, my consistent attendance at our board meetings, prepared me for this position.
I am responsible, dedicated, committed and professional, one who practices fairness for all. I believe in "Children First." I believe that the responsibilities of a board member should be taken seriously and a board member should know the scope of his/her responsibilities, and work diligently to fulfill these responsibilities.
For the past four years, I have attended and learned from the many training sessions of the South Carolina School Boards Association, which I believe, have made me an even more effective and competent school board member. I believe a board member should be an advocate for public school education. I believe that my record and experiences as an educator speak for me; that my record for the past four years as a member of Calhoun County School District Board speaks for me.