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Whitehall voters Nov. 7 will select from among five candidates to fill three seats on the Whitehall school board.The field includes incumbents Leo Knoblauch and Blythe Wood, along with challengers Tiffanie Charles, Darryl Hammock Jr. and Mone’t Smith.Incumbent board member Walter Armes is not seeking re-election after a quarter-century of service to the board.Read more:Five set sights on trio of Whitehall school board seats
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  • Tiffanie C. Charles

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    Darryl J. Hammock Jr. Pastor

  • Leo Knoblauch

  • Mone't Smith

  • Blythe Wood Teacher

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How do you think the new Early Literacy Campus is working out, and should the district stick to the idea?

Has the district done a good job handling the diversity in its schools, and if not, what can it do better?

What can teachers and administrators do to continue to improve the district's academic standing and state report card grades?

What else would you like to say to voters?

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Age 45
Education High School-Whitehall-Yearling BA-Cedarville University M-Div-The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Experience I served on the school board once before. I substitute taught in all the schools in our district Coached track since 1998 at the high school
Family Wife is Wendy. Have three children that graduated from Whitehall.
Religion Southern Baptist
Any program can get better. I definitely think that we need to keep the program because our children need as much help as possible to get a head start on our high academic society.
Our schools have several ESL classes to keep up with the diversity. This is wonderful. The problem is that we need staff to reflect the diversity in our district.
We have to set higher standards for our students and expect them to keep those standards. To do this the entire district has to be on the same page working together. The other key is to increase parent involvement. This is a special challenge for the district but can make a difference in the life of our children.
I am all about unity. I know that as individuals we all think and respond differently. Keeping that in mind how can we accomplish the same goal that we all want, the best for our children? We need to find common ground and build on it. I am blessed with the skill of uniting people.
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Age 49
Education Master’s of Arts in Reading Science, Master's of Science in Education, Bachelor Degree in Special Education
Experience Current Member of the Whitehall Board of Education - Member since 2005 Active member of the Whitehall Community since 1991 Educator since 1992 Parent/Step-Parent of two Whitehall City School Graduates
The Early Literacy Campus is in the initial stages of implementation and it will take time to see the changes that may result. The goal is to increase student achievement in literacy by having all stakeholders (student, parents, teachers, community members) receiving the same consistent message. Professional development in early literacy is an ongoing process that requires consistent reflection and willingness to adjust goals and processes as new information is gathered. The district is committed to this endeavor and recognizes the importance of early literacy development to the individual and to the community. In the 15-16 school year monthly teacher workshops on early intervention and foundational literacy skills started. As a result of that and other factors, this past report card showed an increase in K-3 literacy scores.
I am proud of the diversity that is represented in Whitehall City Schools. Our district is a microcosm of the American culture. Students are able to interact with other students from a variety of different backgrounds within their own school community. As a result, they are able to enter college or the workforce with experiences interacting with people from all different backgrounds.
There is always room for personal and professional growth. Our district is committed to meeting all needs of the students: educational, social, and emotional. Many students are entering our buildings daily unable to effectively concentrate and learn due to various degrees of stress and trauma. This school year, professional development on childhood stress and trauma is being offered throughout the district. Staff is being trained on how to best support our students emotionally so that they are better able to focus on learning. It is important to that we educate the whole child. It is also necessary to involve the family in the learning process. The superintendent and his administrative team have established goals around increasing communication and engagement within the community. Education must extend beyond the walls of the school, outside the school hours. That can only happen if the community is committed to helping all students succeed.
Thank you for trusting me to lead the district for the past 11 years. I am honored to have been given this opportunity and have learned a lot in my tenure. I am looking forward to continuing to work as an advocate for all students.
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