Candidate for Putnam County School Board District 5
Family: Married to Charles Jenkins, Jr. ; 3 sons: Charles III, Colton, Caleb
Occupation: Current Teacher with experience in Putnam Schools beginning in 1992
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of North Florida; Associate of Arts, St. John's River Community College; Certifications with the Florida Department of Education (Science, Physical Education) and Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (Elementary and Secondary Education); Certifies Teacher Trainer
Political Experience: None
What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
I will support the continued expansion and development of the Cambridge Program and other college readiness programs for those students and parents who are interested in a post-secondary education. I will advocate for a true collaborative relationship between the schools and businesses that facilitates a working vocational education program guaranteeing students a much better chance of securing employment after leaving school.
Saying yes to standards, but NO to Common Core. We must protect our teachers and students from "big government." Education must remain a local decision so that we can provide our children the skills/knowledge most needed by them and the local economy. Most importantly, we must overcome the old system of electing friends and elect someone who is highly qualified and has a belief system based on the strong morals and ethics that have made our country great. Putnam County needs someone who understands the needs of today's children, teachers, staff, business, and community.
Why should people vote for you?
There has been a lot of discussion about what qualifies a person to be on the board. Those that have no educational experience say it is their lack of experience that makes them the better candidate. Others say that it is their business background or parenting experience. My position is that I would never go to the gas station to have a heart transplant or to the heart center for an oil change. I would want a professional in the field who has the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a successful surgery. This statement holds true for a candidate for the school board also. I have over 20 years of experience in education. I have worked with students from pre-k to 12th grade. I have worked in inner city, rural, and wealthy schools. I have certifications from both the FL Department of Education and Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. I am currently a teacher and understand the motivations of today's children. I meet with and talk to those closest to the field every day (parents, business/community members, students, staff, and teachers) about our issues. This gives me insight into the needs within the district and not some ivory tower ideas that have no basis of support. A study completed in 2000 by the Iowa Association of School Boards resulted in acknowledging that school districts with the highest achievement have people on the board "knowledgeable about teaching and learning issues, including school improvement goals, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development..."
My experience sets me above the others because I also have the business and current parenting experience. I had a role in the operations of our family businesses. After we sold the businesses, I ran my own Mary Kay cosmetic business (which I made inactive to dedicate more time to my children and the children that I teach). I am also a parent of young children who live in a world full of cell phones, xboxes, etc. I have coached many sports and can usually be found at a local public field watching one of my children. I do understand all of their issues.
Most importantly I am ethical and moral. I will be the example of what a role model should be. My decision to run is truly to improve the system. Of all the candidates, I am the one with the most to lose if this system doesn't turn itself around. My love for my children, your children, and for Putnam County gives me much more motivation than any other candidate.
What do you hope to be remembered for after you leave office?
I would love to be remembered as an unwavering advocate for children who constantly searched for ways to improve the educational system in Putnam County.