Jan Hammond

Non-partisan candidate for Lexington/Richland School District 5. (Vying for one of two Lexington seats on the board.)

Email: janh08@aol.com                

Occupation: Eighth-grade public school teacher

Education: B.A., Winthrop University , Masters in Teaching University of South Carolina

Experience in Political or Related Positions:

I have served two terms on the Lexington-Richland School Board. I served as vice chair from 2004-2006.

I was an elected parent on the School Improvement Councils at Nursery Road Elementary, Irmo Middle and Irmo High.

I served for two years as PTSO President at Irmo High and served for two years as School Improvement Chair at Irmo High School. These were elected by the parents and community members.

I served on the Board of Directors of the original District Five Education Foundation.

I served one year on the Governor's Task Force for Education under Governor Sanford. I also served on Superintendent Jim Rex's Task Force for Education.

I also was chosen by the Lake Murray Magazine as one of the 20 most influential women in my community .

School District Five awarded me the Volunteer of the Year Award in 1998.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

As a classroom teacher in a public school, I understand better than any other candidate the challenges facing our schools. My first hand knowledge gives me insight as to how policies and procedures truly impact teaching and learning. A teacher's perspective is crucial. I want to focus on recruiting and retaining quality teachers and administrators. Many important issues face our public schools and my goal is to use my position as a board member on one of the best school districts in S.C. as a "bully pulpit" in support of public education. Proposed changes in teacher pay as well as accountability and letter grades for our schools need a voice of reason and I am that voice for teachers and administrators.

As a Social Studies teacher, I bring the ideals of good government to practice. I believe in being respectful to all views and then voting what is best for students. Civility and compromise are essential in good governance.

I want the voters to know that I am fiscally conservative. Given the serious economic climate we are facing I must be accountable for every tax dollar so that classroom needs are never compromised.

My last reason for your vote is my promise to work to ensure trust and confidence within the community. We can no longer afford to criticize citizens who voice their concerns. I want to bring our community together and support our superintendent as he moves District Five forward.

I have remained positive throughout my campaign and my job is to define who I am and what I stand for.

I believe I am the best candidate to move this community forward in a positive direction and rebuild trust.

I am a teacher. I am a parent. I am a leader.