WHY WATMAN?

I AM MARK WATMAN, CANDIDATE FOR THE AT LARGE SEAT ON THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. THIS IS A NON-PARTISAN ELECTION. THAT MEANS THAT THERE IS NO POLITICAL PARTY OR GROUP AFFILIATION NEEDED TO RUN.

I RETIRED FROM A 40 YEAR CAREER TEACHING, AND VARSITY COACHING HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS IN THE CHICAGO, IL SUBURBS. THE SCHOOL WHERE I WORKED WAS A 3-TIME US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – BLUE RIBBON FOR EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER.

EDUCATION INCLUDES:

•OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL IN OAK PARK, IL

•EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY IN CHARLESTON, IL WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AND A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

•GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTERS DEGREE IN COUNSELING

LIVING HERE IN THE MAGNIFICENT ASHEVILLE AREA AND SURROUNDED BY THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS COULD AND SHOULD BE THE  MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE STATE.

COLLEGE EDUCATION MAJORS SHOULD WANT TO DO THEIR STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP HERE IN OUR SCHOOLS.   OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD BE WHERE NEW TEACHERS AT THE BEGINNING THEIR CAREER WOULD WANT TO LOCATE AND THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS SYSTEM SHOULD BE WHERE EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WANT TO FINISH THEIR CAREER.

High School Varsity Fencing Coach 2003-2015

THE PAST 4 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN WORKING AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IN THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS SYSTEM; I HAVE TAUGHT ALL THE GRADES K-12 IN ALL CURRICULAR AREAS. I HAVE VISITED ALL THE HIGH, MIDDLE AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS AS WELL AS MANY OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS I WILL BE FOCUSING MY ATTENTION ON:

•STUDENT HEALTH & SAFETY

•ADDITIONAL SERVICES AT NO COST TO THE COUNTY

•FINDING WAYS TO INCREASE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS

•RE-EXAMINING THE CURRENT SCHOOL CALENDAR

•CORRECTING THE SERIOUS FLAW IN THE SCHOOL CRISIS PLACE TO WHICH I HAVE AN IMMEDIATE SOLUTION

•IMPROVING THE K-12 CURRICULUM

•FINDING ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF REVENUE TO DEVELOP CREATIVE & INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

•INCREASING OUR CHILDREN’S FITNESS LEVELS THROUGH RECESS TIME & PE CLASSES

THIS HAS BEEN AN EXCITING DECISION FOR ME; TO VIE TO BECOME A CATALYST FOR POSITIVE EDUCATIONAL CHANGES THAT WOULD BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY AND ALL OUR CHILDREN.

I AM ASKING FOR YOU TO VOTE FOR:

MARK WATMAN
FOR THE AT LARGE SEAT ON THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD