Campaign Announcements Voter’s Guide – Journal Edition

Voter’s Guide – Journal Edition

The good folks at the Journal gave me an opportunity to be part of their Voter’s Guide. Here are the questions and my answers, in line with word count expectations.

  1. A background biography description of yourself of 50 words or fewer.

Word count = 45

I am a retired teacher and technology integration specialist for Jefferson County Schools. I attended Shepherd on the G.I. Bill and have a master’s degree from WVU. I served for 10 years on the congressional staff of former West Virginia Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Jr.

  1. A 100-word answer to this question: What do you believe are the top priorities facing the school district at this time?

Word Count = 100

We need to move beyond discussing how many students can fit into a school and focus on building new schools capable of delivering a 21st century education. We need to focus on expanding opportunities for students and improving student achievement. Department of Education numbers show student annual proficiency ratings at levels that equal a failing grade on a report card. I have offered a blueprint for implementing a K-12 computer science program. We need to move beyond a school board that has a public relations plan, but lacks a communication plan to actively engage parents, teachers, students, and the community.

  1. A 100-word answer to this question: What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

Word Count = 99

Among all the candidates, I believe my knowledge and life experiences are unique. I served with the 101st Airborne and Presidential Honor Guard. I worked ten years on a congressional staff representing this area. I was a successful classroom teacher, selected as Jefferson High “Teacher of the Year” in the 2009 – 2010 school year. I have an advanced certification as a technology integration specialist. I worked with teachers and students throughout the county in support of 21st century teaching and learning. For a decade now, I have developed and taught technology integration graduate level courses for teachers and administrators.