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Election guide: Chilton County Board of Education

Published 10:22am Monday, November 5, 2012

Tommy Headley

•Age: 59

•Family: Nancy Popwell Headley

•Education: Graduate of Isabella High School; Bachelor of Science in Education, Auburn University Montgomery; Master of Education, University of West Alabama; Administrative Certificate, University of Montevallo.

•Personal message: Experience matters: Principal, vice-principal, mathematics teacher, coach and bus driver. The public education system in the state of Alabama is constantly asked to do more and more with less and less. Chilton County is in the same situation. Teachers are asked to successfully educate a growing number of students in the classroom while maintaining discipline and dealing with a mountain of paperwork. Administrators are asked to provide educational excellence at their schools while being provided fewer teachers, a reduced staff and less funds. As a teacher and administrator, I have had to deal with this growing trend. What I have discovered through the years is that educators will do about anything to provide the best possible education for their students. Yes, we must do everything we can for our students, but we must not forget our educators. If elected to the Chilton County Board of Education, I will work with all stakeholders to provide the best education possible for all students of Chilton County, while providing the best possible working environment for every BOE employee.

Joe Mims (i)

•Family: Wife, Glenda Ray Mims; daughter, Holly; two grandchildren.

•Education: Graduate of Thorsby High School; B.S., Auburn University; master’s, University of Montevallo.

•Personal message: Most of my adult life has been dedicated to the education of Chilton County’s children having spent 30 years as a teacher or principal in our schools and the last 12 years as a member of the Chilton County Board of Education. I think it’s worth noting that five of the 11 principals in our schools today served under me while I was a principal. I hope this says something about my mentoring and leadership skills. I feel I have the wisdom, knowledge, experience and maturity to work with the new board of education members to help them become effective members without the chaos we have seen in other school systems, while providing the best education possible for our students. Therefore, I ask you to give me as many of your seven votes as you can. Thank you for taking time to read this.

Keith Moore

•Age: 50

•Family: Married to Kim Smith Moore. Two children: Kala and Kipp.

•Education: 1980 graduate from Verbena High School; B.S. from Faulkner University; M.Ed. from University of Montevallo.

•Personal message: I would like to help provide the best and safest education possible for all Chilton County schools. Being a retired educator of 27 years, I feel I have the background necessary to help provide each student with the education they deserve in order to prepare them to become lifelong productive citizens. I have been a custodian, bus driver, teacher, administrator and superintendent. I am willing to work with the other board members to ensure every school’s needs are met to the best of the ability of the Chilton County school system. Our schools are faced with over crowdedness, outdated buildings and lack of funding. With a statewide shift in the economy and board members working together, those problems will hopefully decline.

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