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For those of you who regularly follow my column, you know that I have three children who all attend Paris ISD. My oldest, Shelby, is thirteen and is in the 7th grade at Paris Jr. High, Garrett is eleven and is in the 6th grade at Crockett Intermediate School and my youngest, Christian is seven and is in the 1st grade at Aikin Elementary. I have been extremely involved at all three schools and have served on the Parent Boards at each campus, where you can find me volunteering often. I feel like I know and have a good relationship with each of their principals and many teachers, and I feel comfortable and confident that I know the schools and their needs well. In addition, I was a member of the 2008 class of the Paris ISD Leadership program. This was a very exciting time to participate in that program since plans for the new high school were being shared with us.
Why am I sharing all of this with you today? Because I am proud to announce that I am running for Paris ISD School Board. I see the opportunity to serve on the School Board as extension of my commitment to children’s education. I firmly believe in setting goals for the schools and the students to achieve and expect academic excellence. I am confident that Paris ISD can become an exemplary school district by giving students the tools and resources they need, which includes technology, quality teachers and a supportive, safe environment. I am specifically interested in closing the achievement gap, keeping kids in school and increasing the graduation rates, and seeking more parent and community involvement in our schools.
I have been incredibly pleased and proud of the education my children have received at Paris ISD. They have had exceptional teachers, challenging opportunities such as participation in UIL and Future Problem Solving, wonderful and supportive administrations and an all-around positive classroom experience. If I am lucky enough to serve on the School Board, I will do so with humility, an open-mind, and a realistic, rational approach based on experience and my first-hand understanding of what is really going on in Paris ISD schools.
I hope that you will support me, and join me in making Paris schools the very best they can be.
From one mom to another,
Jenny Wilson is a mother of three. She teaches a Mommy & Me class at Central Presbyterian Day School, serves on the PCT Children’s Theatre Advisory Committee, the Parent Association Boards at Aikin Elementary, Crockett Intermediate and Paris Jr. High, and is a Sunday school teacher at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She also is a certified yoga instructor, Jazzercise instructor and marketing consultant.