WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Jeri Michie is running for the Walton County school board district 4 seat against incumbent seat holder Marsha Winegarner.
Who is Jeri Michie?
Michie has lived in Florida for 26 years.
She knew at a early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She went to Georgia Southern Teacher’s College and earned her degree and started teaching at age 20.
She has 32 years of classroom experience as a teacher at both the elementary and middle school level as well as a principal at both levels, and a teacher at the high school level. This includes the rural classroom, where agriculture was emphasized, the inner city classroom, where generational poverty was a challenge, public schools and private schools.
She prides herself as a team builder and would like to use those skills in her role on the school board.
Why are you running?
Michie is motivated by three things:
- Faith to use her gifts and talents to serve the community.
- Family, including her husband who has been in education for 43 years, and her sons, one of whom with his wife are educators as well.
- Community, to make it a safe strong and vibrant community to raise children and one day retire in.
What would you like to see change?
- Growth and transportation.
- Teachers compensation, to continue to bring the very best to our schools.
- Students. Address the social and emotional needs of the students by carving out more specialized roles as guidance counselors for emotional support and career support.
Bonus: More vocational training.
How would you suggest allocating Gov. DeSantis’s money for teacher pay?
Do you believed that all Walton County schools are treated fairly?
I’m sure different schools get different budgets based on what their needs are. As a school principal, you always want a little more money, but our county works hard to meet the needs of each school.
With the introduction of vocational training, how does this affect the teaching staff needed?
Teachers already have these skills, so we can shift the curriculum and let them teach more of that. For example, home economics.
What are you suggestions for opening up the schools?
Follow CDC guidelines and bring everyone back into the schools.
How would you balance the threat of COVID-related threats and violence-related threats?
Follow the CDC guidelines and trusting our teachers to make the right decisions.
“If you want a hardworking, persevering board member that will make a positive difference in our community and will be a voice for progress, vote Jeri Michie.”