Local teacher enters race for Pinellas County School Board

Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Meyer left a Fortune 500 company to become a teacher.

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 candidateVictor Connelly — is running. Joanne Lentino is the incumbent.

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  • Kathy

    October 2, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Where and what does Ms. Meyer teach? Thanks!

  • Jan

    October 2, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    It is good to see a teacher running for school board–most school members have never set foot in a classroom except for photo opts or to hand out awards.
    However, I would suggest to Ms. Meyer that schools don’t fail–students, parents and communities fail.
    The solutions start with students doing all their work, behaving in class and attending school regularly. Parents need to take quality time with their children and read with them instead of being on the cell phone or computer. Communities need to invest in activities and programs for all children, not just those who can afford them.
    As a school guidance counselor for 35 years, I have never seen a student fail with all the above.

  • Jenna

    October 2, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Not sure who would vote for a school board member who teaches in a pricey private school instead of the public schools she claims to want to represent!

  • Kris

    October 3, 2019 at 9:29 am

    She left a career working for a fortune 500 company to become a teacher….. Really? She worked a year for Proctor and Gamble in sales… A year in sales. Let that sink in.

    • Stephanie Meyer

      October 3, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Kris, thank you for your comment. I was in sales for 17 years before I left P&G to become a teacher, which is my passion. I love what I do, I just wish I had done so sooner. Have a wonderful day!

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