Stephanie Meyer, a local teacher and businesswoman, is now running for Pinellas County School Board.
She left a career working for a Fortune 500 company to become a teacher: “As a product of the Pinellas County Public School system, with deep roots in our community, there is nothing more important to the future success of our County than having world-class schools that meet the needs of our parents and teach our children the necessary skills to prepare them for a lifetime of achievement and success.”
Her mother was a public school teacher and her sister is a kindergarten teacher in Pinellas County.
“Sadly, we have children in failing schools, many of them elementary schools, putting thousands of kids at a disadvantage early in their academic career. As a mother, I know one failing student is one too many. I will fight on behalf of parents and students in these schools, and every Pinellas school, to ensure our school system is meeting the needs and demands of our parents and students,” Meyer said.
Meyer is a Seminole resident. Her husband is a firefighter. The couple has two children. Meyer said to achieve success in Pinellas County public schools, the district needs the resources to build a better system.
“That means rewarding teachers with better pay, offering innovative learning options to students in failing schools and those suffering in the classroom, promoting workforce training, and responsibly investing our tax dollars directly into the classroom,” she said.
Meyer is seeking the at-large District 1 seat. So far only one other candidate — Victor Connelly — is running. Joanne Lentino is the incumbent.