WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Martha Compton (R) is running for Washington County superintendent against incumbent superintendent Joe Taylor (R).
Who is Martha Compton?
Compton said she is not “running” for superintendent, she is “applying.”
She was born and raised in Washington County. She graduated Chipley High School and continued on to Chipola College where she earned a coputer science degree. She then went to Troy State University for a degree in math and computer science education. She then went to Florida State University for an education specialist in math.
She went to FSU-Panama City for a modified Master’s in education leadership.
She is a certified educator through the Florida DOE as a vocational director, education leadership, school principal, mathematics and computer science.
She said she served on the boards of DOE funding security committee, the math standards committee, the adult education career and technical education executive board, the economic development board and the career source workforce board for Chipola. She said she is an active member of Kiwanis.
Compton is currently the Florida Panhandle Technical College director working towards rebranding career and technical education.
What are your thoughts on curriculum changes?
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to evaluate teachers on one test,” Compton said.
She said it’s important to give teachers academic freedom because they know their students. She also said it would be important to re-incorporate cursive into the curriculum and incorporate more career and technical education.
She said apprenticeship programs potentially set up with the surrounding engineering firms in Washington County might help the graduation rate.
What else would you like to see change?
Teacher retention and recruitment with a true salary schedule and improving employee benefits, she said.
The leadership style. Compton said there needs to be more transparency between administration, teachers, parents, etc.
How would you address graduation and dropout rates and GPA?
Compton said schools need to help students find their passions as a part of remediation.
Do you think students drop out because they feel they don’t currently have enough options?
Compton said, as someone who currently works with that student as an adult, it is one of the reasons. But mostly it is because of discouragement or because “life happens.”
She said that some CTE credits could possibly count towards a student’s math and/or science credits.
Is morale among staff something that you feel needs to be addressed?
Compton said she believes morale is always an issue and that people who feel appreciated always work harder. This ties into her goal of teacher retention and recruitment, she said.
What do you think the best way to open up schools would be?
“To be confident in your plan,” Compton said.
This will reassure parents, and all parents should have a choice whether or not they want to come back to brick and mortar schools or utilize online learning.
Compton added that she believes the most effective way to teach is by brick and mortar.