The future of our society depends greatly upon the quality of our educational system today. I am reminded each time as I greet one of our students, just how urgent our jobs are. Each day our wonderful teachers provide innovative, well planned lessons. I believe it is the job of our board to provide our schools with the best resources and facilities possible. All students within St. Clair County deserve equal, high quality instruction and facilities. Proudly, my job is to represent ALL of St. Clair County and that is what I strive to do.
AS in Recreation Management from Jefferson State Jr. College
BS in Education from UAB
BS in Radio logic Sciences from UAB
US Marine Combat Veteran-Gulf War
Married to Ren DeGaris
Two children, Megan and Jack
Place #2 (Springville) Elected: 2000, 2006, 2012 Expires: 2018
Our charge is not to run the schools but to see that they are run in an environment where the student is safe and structured. The Board of Education should be good stewards of money as well as accountable and accessible.
BS in Biology and MS in Instructional Media at Jacksonville State University
Postgraduate Studies University of Alabama (Gadsden Center)-School Administration
Married 30 years to St. Clair County Commissioner Paul Manning
1 daughter, Leann Walker
1 grandson, Cade Walker
Employed by Jefferson State Community College-Enrollment Services, St. Clair sites
Retired Superintendent of Education, St. Clair County School System; served as consultant/evaluator for various school systems, Principal, Ashville Middle School, Assistant Principal, Ashville High School, Library Media Specialist, Drug and Health Education Coordinator, Science Teacher – Pell City School System, Physical Education Instructor/Science Teacher - Talladega County School System
District VI “Superintendent of the Year”, 2002
Alabama PALS Educator of the Year, 1997
Alabama Library and Media Professionals (LAMP) award for Exceptional Service to Libraries, 1996
Nominated Alabama “Library Media Specialist of the Year”, 1988; 1989
Nominated for Pell City “Citizen of the Year”, 1991, 2009
Delta Kappa Gamma’s “Key Woman Educator” 1991
Member, Delta Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International
Served as President, First Vice-President, Committee Chairperson for Delta Epsilon
Served as Adult Sunday School Teacher and various committee member – New Hope Baptist Church, Pell City
Attends Pell City First Baptist Church
Past memberships in Alabama Instructional Media Association, National Education Association and affiliates, MADD, St. Clair County Auburn Club, Delta Epsilon,
Present member of Pell City Chamber of Commerce, Delta Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Alumni Association (Life Member) – Jacksonville State University, The St. Clair County Educational Foundation, Inc. (Treas/ Past- President), Pell City Rotary Club, St. Clair County Republican Party, Member Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party, St. Clair County Transit Authority, Leadership St. Clair County Board of Directors, and the St. Clair County and Alabama Retired Teacher’s Association, New Hope Baptist Church, YWCA Domestic Abuse Advisory Board.
With dedicated individuals leading our schools and system, our children can be successful in learning lifelong skills and preparing for college or the workforce. It is my desire to bring my civic and educational background to the Board room to promote education in St. Clair County Schools. Providing effective policy, adequate facilities, dedicated and highly qualified personnel and sound financial practices are priorities while representing my community of Ragland within the scope of all St. Clair County. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity.
As our county continues to grow, my prayer is that we fill every need of each student in St. Clair County and they receive the best education possible. Also, that we hire the most qualified and dedicated employees. I have enjoyed working with Mrs. Seals and all other board members and I look forward to six more years.