Bartlett School Board Position 1
Profession: Director of Admission (Rhodes College)
Memberships and affiliations: National Association for College Admission Counseling, Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, Bartlett Education Advisory Committee, Administrative Governance Subcommittee – Chairman, Member of Bartlett Hills Baptist Church (Deacon)
Why you’re running: As a product of great public schools, I want my children to have the best education possible. Education is the only core public service that the City of Bartlett does not currently afford their citizens. I feel my experience and leadership will serve the children of Bartlett well in this area.
Related experience: My profession affords me the opportunity to recruit talented students and to visit schools all over the country. This national perspective and 12 years of experience with college admission is something that I feel uniquely qualifies me to serve the children and citizens of Bartlett in this capacity. While visiting some of the country’s best schools, I always take the opportunity to ask the administration what philosophies or initiatives they have implemented that have helped their schools become successful. This has expanded my knowledge concerning secondary education, and I look forward to sharing some of these ideas with our Superintendent. One of the best lessons that I have learned is that we need additional focus during our students’ middle school years. Often in public education, elementary education and high school education receive an inordinate amount of our focus and resources. However, it is during a student’s middle school years that our children are dealing with the complex issues of both emotional and physical maturation. This is a time where the support and leadership from all levels needs to be especially strong and student-focused. As a future member of the Bartlett Board of Education, I pledge to always keep students first in our decision-making. I also believe that transparency and sound fiscal judgment should be the hallmark of the new Board. I appreciate your support and look forward to serving you on the Board.