For­mer Ed­u­ca­tor Runs For Board Seat

Prairie Grove School Board, Po­si­tion 1

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SCHOOL ELECTIONS -

Whit­ney Woods Bryant, a na­tive of Prairie Grove, is a for­mer ed­u­ca­tor, has ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­sur­ance in­dus­try and is in­volved in civic or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Prairie Grove com­mu­nity.

Bryant, 38, is seek­ing the Po­si­tion 1 seat on Prairie Grove School Board.

Bryant grad­u­ated from Prairie Grove High School in 1997 and holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in his­tory from Auburn Uni­ver­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­te­vallo.

She has a cur­rent Arkansas teach­ing cer­tifi­cate and taught for six years in Alabama be­fore re­turn­ing to Arkansas and teach­ing one year in Lin­coln School Dis­trict. She then worked for four years in the in­sur­ance in­dus­try be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion about three months ago to tem­po­rar­ily leave the work­force.

Bryant has a child who at­tends Prairie Grove schools, with two other chil­dren who will be in school in the fu­ture, and said she be­lieves her teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, her com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and her per­spec­tive as a par­ent in the school dis­trict will be as­sets as a mem­ber of the School Board.

“I be­lieve my work ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness gave me an op­por­tu­nity to see things from dif­fer­ent points of view,” Bryant said. “Hav­ing at­tended

Prairie Grove

Schools, I un­der­stand what it means to par­tic­i­pate in school ac­tiv­i­ties, lo­cal events and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties that make Prairie Grove unique. My back­ground as an ed­u­ca­tor in both small and large schools has en­abled me to wit­ness the strengths and weak­nesses of both, and it is my hope to help chan­nel our growth in a di­rec­tion that does not lose sight of what makes our school and com­mu­nity great.”

Bryant said the role of a school board mem­ber is to cre­ate and main­tain an ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem which al­lows ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers and stu­dents to safely ful­fill their roles and to be as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.

A school board also works to up­hold, in­ter­pret and de­velop cur­rent and fu­ture school poli­cies that gov­ern the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the dis­trict, she said.

“Board mem­bers should also work to for­mu­late and im­ple­ment long-term plans and goals within the dis­trict which in­clude, but not lim­ited to, build­ing main­te­nance, trans­porta­tion and the bud­get.”

Bryant said she be­lieves she can fill the role of a school board mem­ber be­cause she is will­ing to work as a team mem­ber and sup­port group de­ci­sions even if she has a dif­fer­ent point of view.

“I can also fill the role by be­ing ac­tive in our school and com­mu­nity and stay­ing in­formed about chang­ing ed­u­ca­tional needs and re­quire­ments,” Bryant stated.

Bryant said she is run­ning for the Prairie Grove School Board be­cause she loves and re­spects the com­mu­nity and be­lieves Prairie Grove School Dis­trict is the cen­ter of the com­mu­nity.

“I feel that as a board mem­ber I would be able to im­pact the lives of stu­dents by help­ing for­mu­late poli­cies that best equip them with the skills they need to be suc­cess­ful in a world that re­quires con­stant learn­ing, adap­ta­tion and per­sonal growth.”

She added, “The bot­tom line is that I am will­ing to serve and work hard to ac­com­plish what­ever is needed to ful­fill my obli­ga­tion to the com­mu­nity. I rec­og­nize how spe­cial Prairie Grove is and would like to have a part in help­ing make it one of the best com­mu­ni­ties in North­west Arkansas.”


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