My personal and professional careers have given me solid experience and a vested interest in our local school system and I know it is important that this school board makes every effort to work collaboratively and respectfully with parents, children, teachers, administrators, other board members, and the superintendent to achieve success for every student in Yancey County Schools. I understand the importance of retaining qualified teachers and staff for progressive student achievement. I want to make sure that parents, children, teachers, administrators, faculty, staff, and school board members understand that we all have responsibilities affecting the education of our students. Together we can make a difference!
Educating our children and young adults tops the list of our community’s most important work. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. I am so thankful for public schools and for devoted staff, parents, and volunteers who strive to improve the quality of life for our students and our community. Doing what is best must always be the goal.
Leaders become more effective when they listen, study, and then make decisions. Respectful relationships and shared decision-making inspire good faith and confidence in the process. I am committed to working together with parents, students, schools, our Board, and the community to establish an honored trust, to champion the best of the past, and to create sound, innovative educational environments for the future.
My years as a teacher, assistant principal, central office administrator, community volunteer, parent, and now grandparent provide varied perspectives that help in understanding the whole picture. Our children, families, and school employees deserve our support and the very best educational settings and opportunities we can provide. I am optimistic about what we can accomplish when we work together for the good of students, families, and staff. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve in this important work.