EDMOND — EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of profiles of candidates running for Deer Creek Board of Education. Read a profile about Jerrod Roberts at www.edmondsun.com. Read about Timothy Laubach’s campaign in the Jan. 29 edition of The Edmond Sun.
Three candidates are running for the Deer Creek Board of Education District No. 3. Keri Shipley has chosen to run because she wants to bring a mother’s perspective to the board. The other two candidates are Timothy Laubach and Jerrod Roberts. They will be on the Feb. 12 ballot.
“I am passionate about education and want to ensure that all students are give a quality education,” Shipley told The Sun. “I believe that Deer Creek Public Schools offers those things, and I want our district to always strive for excellence not only in our students but in our administrators and teachers. I want to play a key role in helping make those decisions that will help Deer Creek Public Schools continue to reach higher standards for our children.”
Shipley said she likes to have sound, research-based information before making any decision.
“If there is something I am unsure of, I am not afraid to research or ask questions,” Shipley said. “I am interested in obtaining informative insight to our current, hot educational topics regarding the 2014 implementation of Common Core into the classrooms, and our new Oklahoma Teacher & Leader Effectiveness evaluation system. (These) are critical components to ensure exemplary status, and crucial for this upcoming school board election,” Shipley said.
Saying Deer Creek is a premiere school district in the state of Oklahoma, she added, “I know that the forward thinking of our administrators and teachers are bringing new curriculum and technology to the district. This will help us be at the top of education nationwide not just in Oklahoma as we prepare our students to be competitive globally.”
Shipley said with addition of the district’s new state-of-the-art facilities including the Fine Arts Center and Athletic Center, patrons are providing meaningful opportunities for 21st century learning and development.
Stating times have changed over the past years, Shipley said, “I know that our children’s safety is a big concern and in the forefront of many peoples’ minds. I believe making sure our children are in a safe environment, where they truly feel safe and can learn is important.”
Deer Creek Public Schools’ rapid growth keeps increasing every year and Shipley said it is imperative that the district keeps researching, staying on track educationally and remaining proactive with the educational changes in the local, state and national education systems.
At the forefront of any future planning, Shipley said, “Being a good steward of the district’s money is a priority, and by proper budgeting and planning we will be able to hire quality administrators and teachers, provide our teachers and students with the proper tools for success, and add programs that will help us remain successful in Deer Creek.”
Shipley said the district must look into innovative ways in which it can be energy efficient so that the primary focus remains on the quality of education provided to the community’s children.
Shipley has worked in retail and in banking and has been active in the PTO holding the office of president on both the elementary and middle school levels. She has also been executive PTO president for two years and the Creek Classic chairwoman for three years.
“I have also been a homeroom mom, classroom/school volunteer and spirit wear coordinator,” she said. “I strongly believe my opportunities to be involved and volunteer at different levels of our various school sites have awarded me the first-hand knowledge of what practices take place in our exemplary classrooms.”
Shipley has two daughters currently enrolled in the district. Her oldest daughter Laci is a sophomore at Deer Creek High School and plays soccer for DCHS and Oklahoma Football Club. Her youngest daughter Lindsi is in the sixth grade at Deer Creek Intermediate School and studies Russian ballet.
She said with her 10 years of experience and service as a PTO president and officer, she understands the importance of working with others and making decisions that will benefit the school and/or students.
Shipley received her bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.
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