School Board Recognition Month

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School Board Recognition Month
Posted on 01/25/2019

January is School Board Recognition Month, and it's a great occasion to let our board members know how much we appreciate their dedication to our students, our schools, and our community. This year's theme is "Super Heroes for Our Students". Our board members dedicate countless hours of their time and go above and beyond to provide valuable insight and leadership that guides the direction of our school system.

Our school board members took a few minutes to tell us a little more about themselves in the Q&A interviews below. You can find out more about our Board of Education here.

Rick Rhoades

Rick Rhoades, President
If you could pass on any wisdom to students, what would you share?
I would encourage our students to learn, and never forget, that a free society is based upon intelligent and moral citizens. Education, fairness and compassion are central to this.

What makes your work as a school board member meaningful to you?
There are several things, but being able to observe the interaction among all aspects of our system is very, very rewarding. Our administration provides great leadership, our teachers/staff are just simply wonderful and no system has better students than we do!

What are your hopes for the future of Pelham City Schools?
In so many ways we really are just getting started.  Although we have, in a very short period of time, established ourselves, we certainly are not yet where we need to be.  We simply must continue to strive for greatness, build on the solid foundation that has been put in place and continue to move forward TOGETHER.

Angie HesterAngie Hester, Vice President
Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philipians 4:6-7

If you could pass on any wisdom to students, what would you share?  
Persevere, set short term goals that will progress you to your long term goal. Write them down. Journal your journey along the way. Life will always get in the way, persevere. Stay on the path.It is worth it.
 
What are your hopes for the future of Pelham City Schools?  

My hope for PCS is for doors to continue to open with new opportunities for our students to be innovative, creative and successful and become the next generation of leaders for this country.

Paul HowellPaul Howell

If you could pass on any wisdom to students, what would you share?  
You will never stop learning, figure out how you learn best and use that for the rest of your life.

What makes your work as a school board member meaningful to you?  
Getting to see our students excel and watching former students come back as teachers.

What are your hopes for the future of Pelham City Schools? 
Continued growth and becoming a special place for students to become life-long learners.

Sharon SamuelSharon Samuel

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
When I was in Junior High School, my Spanish teacher, Mrs. Bloom, taught us a quote: "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Let your good be better, and your better best."  It’s been so long since I first learned this quote, but I haven't forgotten it.  Mrs. Bloom expected each of her students to always do better, and expected nothing less.  When we didn't live up to her minimum standard of just doing better, she would let us know - in front of the class! I live my life by this quote.  No matter what we do in life, whether they are big or small things, we can always do better than where we currently stand.

If you could pass on any wisdom to students, what would you share?
Always be a person of ethical character.  Be truthful, fair.  Don’t paint your words to insert a “little” lie (it is no better than a blatant lie – neither is true, and both will eventually be known and will hurt someone), just give an honest reply. Treat others the way you want them to treat you.  Take responsibility for your actions. Let your words be reliable.

What makes your work as a school board member meaningful to you?
Seeing and knowing our students are benefitting educationally. Their growth can be shown, charted, and discussed. They are getting what they need and more.  Being a voice for so many parents who think their voices are not heard. Hearing from parents and students personally continues to make me aware of the way our decisions affect them, and it gives me a chance to reflect on those decisions, which may need to be addressed for improvement. My greatest pleasure comes from talking to the students – they have SO much to say.

Allan WadeAllan Wade
What accomplishment related to our schools are you most proud of?
I am very pleased that the Board has been able to make teacher/staff compensation a priority issue this past school year and again with the current year. PCS is in direct competition for quality teachers with the well established and well-funded school systems in south Jefferson County and when pay scales are not competitive, many of the best candidates choose the higher paying systems. The same thing applies to teacher retention.    

What makes your work as a school board member meaningful to you?
The fact that our Board works as a team in an effort to achieve our common goal of excellence in education for our students.

What are your hopes for the future of Pelham City Schools?

Our dedicated educators have accomplished great things in a very short period of time since our system was created, and I want to see the emphasis on excellence continue.