I have the experience that matters.
There is an art to leading a state agency like the Georgia Department of Education. It requires the experience and knowledge to guide the various departments within the agency to meet the unique needs of local school districts. Each school district is unique with its own needs.
It requires the ability to work with the State Board of Education to approve and implement policies that improve the educational opportunities of our children. It requires working with the General Assembly to shape laws that move education forward. It requires knowledge of the value of the various leadership organizations that work to bring innovation to our schools.
Twenty-three of my twenty-eight year’s in Georgia’s public school system have been spent in various leadership roles from Assistant Principal to Principal to Curriculum Director to Superintendent. My four years as Georgia’s State School Superintendent and my three years as a local superintendent have given me the experience to lead Georgia’s schools through these troubled times.
My educational experiences have prepared me to serve Georgia today and tomorrow.