Debbie Wilson’s slogan, “Our Children, Our Community, Our Future” sums up all the reasons she has chosen to be a candidate for Morehouse Parish School Board District-5. She has lived in this community all her life, and as an educator she understands that the future of our community and the future of the lives of our children depend on high quality education.
Debbie, her husband Todd and both of their daughters are products of the Morehouse Parish School System and graduates of Bastrop High School. Debbie said, “My parents, Lee Roy and Betty Jean Whorton believed in public education, spent their lives working in the school system, and encouraged me to become an educator. My dad served as a teacher, counselor, principal, and supervisor, and my mom was executive secretary to the superintendent for over forty years.”
In 1985, Debbie began her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher at East Side Elementary where she earned the distinction of “Rookie of the Year.” Then after obtaining a certification in gifted and talented education, she began serving as a teacher for the gifted and talented at Morehouse Jr. High. During her tenure as a teacher, and because of her passion for education, she wrote and received over $100,000.00 in grants. These funds were used for instructional materials, technology, and activities, which involved the community as part of the education of her students.
Wilson holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree in Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and received certification in Administration and Supervision after attending classes at ULM and Louisiana Tech University. She has also been employed as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 2010, where she teaches online classes for teachers and administrators on topics such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, motivating students, and inspiring teachers. She has extensive training on working with parents, motivating students and understanding how poverty affects the lives of students.
After almost twenty years in the classroom, Wilson began working as an administrator for the parish where she served in various positions which include: acting principal at Cherry Ridge Elementary School and Southside Elementary; Magnet School Testing Coordinator, and new teacher assessment and Induction Coordinator; Screening Specialist for Dyslexia/ADHD for the parish. She also served on several School Building Level Committees at different schools. After twenty-nine years of service with Morehouse Parish Schools, she accepted the position of Curriculum Coordinator at Beekman Charter School where she was part of a team of faculty members that helped take the school from a School Performance score of a “D” to a “B” in only four short years.
While Wilson’s impressive academic credentials speak volumes paired with her broad working experiences, with humility she credits her parents and Christian upbringing with laying the foundation for her true success. Wilson said, “My mother was known for her calm demeanor with the public and my dad, in his various working capacities, was known for his compassion as he dealt with all employees, principals, teachers, maintenance, clerical, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers. At a young age it became evident to me that success is all about team work and all employees are to be valued and respected.”
Debbie continued, “As the District-5 board member, I am dedicated to work together with other board members. You can rest assured that I will use my experience, and knowledge to help to improve the education of all the students in Morehouse Parish. My platform is to:
1. Work in collaboration with other board members to make sure that there are policies in place to ensure that teachers have the support they need so our children will be successful
2. Be supportive of hiring qualified classroom teachers and giving them the necessary tools and support they need to work with the children. (Research shows that the teacher is the most important factor in a child’s education)
3. Monitor the safety, security and physical conditions of our buildings
4. Promote fairness and equity for all students and all employees
5. Be accessible for the constituents in our District-5.
6. Exercise good stewardship as it relates to the school system’s finances.”
Debbie is a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church. She serves on the church’s finance committee, teaches a class for young girls and boys, serves as devotion leader for a women’s
group and has been recently selected as the church’s Worship Leader and choir director. As part of the women’s group, she has helped provide school supplies and purchase school uniforms for students in the community. She is also the author of two faith-based books entitled Sweet Scent of Justice and Even in the Valley.
In closing Debbie said, “Having approximately thirty-three years of experience, I want to give back to the community and help our children become productive citizens. I know that every vote counts, and I am asking the voters in District-5 to give me the opportunity to give back to our community. I am committed to giving you the representation that you deserve on the Morehouse Parish School Board. Please save these dates: Early voting October 23-30 and Election Day is November 6 this fall. My ballot number is # 56. Thank you for your prayers and support. May God bless each of you.