Jennifer A. Stewart candidate questionnaire:
FAMILY: Husband, Brooks; sons Braxton (9) and Connor (6)
OCCUPATION: Small business owner
EDUCATION: B.A. in Biology, Marville College, Maryville, Tenn.
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: "I have never held a local office but I am involved with local boards, organizations and clubs that are associated with the local government. I understand the commitment and the duties of being a board member."
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?
- Budget allocations and monitoring of spending are pressing issues. Our children and teachers are being kept from school with furlough days because we cannot afford to keep the schools open.
- Helping the teachers transition into the new curriculum standards. Our teachers are overwhelmed by the new standards that are being rolled out and we need to find a way to help the teachers integrate these into the classroom in the times allotted.
- Being able to keep the momentum within the educational system will take new and fresh ideas. I am prepared to work and collaborate with the other board members to aim for what is best for our school system in the immediate future.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?
- "I would bring a clear perspective and a new vision to the board - a prerequisite for such challenging times. We cannot afford to rely on how it was done 20 years ago or have a retired viewpoint to the system of today. With two young children within the school system now, I understand how the needs are different and I am ready to bring a modern up to date style of leadership to the board and for our children."
WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?
- "I want to be remembered for being a voice for the children and parents in my district. To implement the ideas they want for our schools. I also want the teachers to know that we understand their challenges and want to find ways to overcome those obstacles."