Debbie Shedden for District 6 School Board Member | Rogersville

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

I have a passion for education, a belief that I can make a difference in the lives of our children, and a love for Hawkins County. It’s a way for me to use my voice and stand up for our children and their education, while sharing the message that learning is the way to achieve life’s goals.

I was honored to serve on the Hawkins County School Board for fourteen years, during which time we built two freshman academies, a new school in Clinch, Church Hill Middle School, and many other renovations for schools in our system.

I have seen our graduation rate steadily increase and have seen the great work done by Hawkins County Schools through cooperative teamwork among administrators, teachers, parents, and the community.

I run to contribute my abilities to the growth and accomplishments that schools in Hawkins County are experiencing.

Share your education and work history and list any previous political office you have held.

I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Campbellsville in English and Education. During my 14 years on the Hawkins County School Board, I worked to raise awareness of our school system statewide and in Washington, DC.

Among my accomplishments: Named TN School Board Member of the Year in 2011; Served as All TN School Board President, 2011; Named TN School Ambassador of the Year, 2013 and 2014; Elected president of the Tennessee School Boards Association, 2016; Appointed to work with TN Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on the Assessments Task Force and the Technical Vocational Education (CTE) Task Force; and grade 5 school board member achieved

Currently, I am the Executive Director of the TN School Plant Management Association and Past President of the Hawkins County Imagination Library and current Board Member.

If elected, what would be your main goals and what would you like to accomplish by the end of your next term?

The recruitment and retention of quality teachers must remain a priority objective for HCS. I understand the recruiting challenges facing our system and the state. These concerns are paramount in our most rural schools, like Clinch School. I fully support and will champion all efforts to attract and retain high quality teachers and support staff for Clinch and ALL schools in Hawkins County. I have worked closely with our director and staff to address recruitment and retention issues, and look forward to continuing this effort.

Why are you the best and most qualified candidate for this position?

My 14 years of service with the Hawkins County School Board have allowed me to learn first-hand how a school board operates and how policy, budget and staff come together to drive accomplishments and achieve goals. Goals. On the board of directors, I was vice-president,

President of Pro Tem and representative of the TN Legislative Advocacy Network. I have had the honor of being appointed to several committees and offices at the state and national level. My focus has always been what is best for schools in Hawkins County. I believe my background, my heart for children, and my love for the Hawkins County school system make me the best candidate for this position.

Speak directly to voters and tell them why they should vote for you.

I ask for your vote and support for the 6th District School Board Seat for Hawkins County Schools. My life is blessed with a wonderful and supportive family. As a young mother, I experienced the loss of my son and made a promise: I would help children in our community realize their dreams and potential through education. I have strived to deliver on that promise through my work with the Imagination Library and my efforts to keep our schools safe so that effective learning takes place in every classroom. Thank you for this opportunity.

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