I can relate first hand to the current issues facing Bay County’s teachers. That is because I am married to one! My wife Deniece has taught in the Bay County School System for almost 16 years. Deniece is currently the principal at West Bay Elementary School. I believe that quality education begins with our teachers. They are indeed the foundation of our education system. As a school board member, I pledge to continue to listen to our teachers and respond to their needs. I will do everything in my power to ensure a positive classroom environment for them and their students
As a school board member, I have a unique perspective in regards to parent involvement. I am the only school board member with children currently attending Bay District Schools. Like all parents, I want my children to receive the very best education possible. I believe that parental involvement is critical to every child’s success. Education is indeed cultivated in the classroom, but it starts in the home with supportive and engaged parents that take an active role in their child’s education
Regardless of their gender, race, income level, or family structure all students deserve the very best from everyone involved in their education. Learning and achievement for all students must be the primary focus of our district. I believe that our students are our most precious resource and that our efforts need to be geared toward ensuring their success. They are indeed our leaders of tomorrow. It is critical that our students are empowered with the resources they need to ensure they reach their highest potential.
Our most treasured institutions are our public elementary, middle and high schools. I realize as a school board member that often the decisions made during meetings are far reaching affecting jobs, families, the community, and most importantly the education of our children. With my background as a financial planner I work every day with clients on their financial future. I believe that a financially effective and efficient school district is essential. As a school board member, one of our duties is to empower the people involved with the resources they need to succeed. How those resources are distributed and allocated is crucial. I believe that direction and oversight by the school board of how public funds are spent provides accountability to the community.