Mary Wheeler seeks full term on school bd.

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By KAYLA RI­VAS kri­vas@star­ @Kay­la_S­tarDem

EAS­TON — Mary Wheeler is seek­ing re-elec­tion to the Tal­bot County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, rep­re­sent­ing District 6.

Wheeler was ap­pointed to the board in May 2017 by Gov. Larry Ho­gan.

“I have learned a lot dur­ing the last year and a half on the board and want to con­tinue work­ing on the is­sues to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren,” she said.

Wheeler re­cently re­ceived the en­dorse­ment from the Tal­bot County Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, al­low­ing her to put “Teacher Rec­om­mended” on her cam­paign signs.

At the Sept. 19 school board meet­ing, Wheeler was elected vice pres­i­dent.

“I am very ex­cited to have their vote of con­fi­dence,” she said.

“There is a lot to learn when you first come to the board,” she said. “I be­lieve my ex­pe­ri­ence makes me the best can­di­date for the po­si­tion.”

“I am also very pas­sion­ate about mak­ing the pub­lic school sys­tem a safe and eq­ui­table place for our chil­dren to get an ed­u­ca­tion.”

Wheeler re­cently said there are three main is­sues fac­ing con­stituents: “safety and se­cu­rity, find­ing and re­tain­ing qual­ity staff and teach­ers, and fund­ing is­sues at the state level.”

“A lot of our is­sues can be im­proved by work­ing with of­fi­cials at the state and county level,” she said. “We im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion in th­ese ar­eas, but we need to con­tinue to work on this every day.”

Be­fore Wheeler was ap­pointed to the board, she was heav­ily in­volved in Tal­bot County, serv­ing on the board of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and act­ing as trea­surer.

She also is a former Busi­ness Woman of the Year and a mem­ber of the Eas­ton Ro­tary, where she helped with the Flags For He­roes pro­ject.

Wheeler served three terms on the board of the Water­fowl Fes­ti­val and also on the board of Tal­bot Fam­ily Net­work.

She cur­rently lives in Eas­ton with her hus­band, Wayne. They have three chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren. Their daugh­ter Karie Nepert teaches in the pub­lic school sys­tem in Caro­line County, and their youngest grand­child just started kinder­garten at St. Michaels Ele­men­tary School.


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