Edmond School Candidate Forum on Tuesday March 21st at Sequoyah Middle School at 7PM
About Dr. Jerry
As a candidate for the Edmond Public Schools District 3 School Board, Dr. Jerry is committed to ensuring academic proficiency for all students. He believes that every child in Edmond deserves a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and in the workforce. With his background in education, Dr. Jerry is well-equipped to help implement policies and programs that will improve academic achievement for all students in our district.
Dr. Jerry understands the importance of equipping students with vocational job skills. He believes in providing students with hands-on learning opportunities through programs such as shop and FFA. By giving students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce, Dr. Jerry is working to ensure their future success.
Dr. Jerry grew up in a small community just outside of Tulsa. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma University. In 1981 he graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced Emergency Medicine for 30 years, the last 12 years at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
He then became the medical director for the Oklahoma County Jail and was responsible for over 2000 patients. Following this he became regional medical director and managed prisons and jails around the country. He supervised dozens of physicians, hundreds of nurses and the care of thousands of patients.
Dr. Jerry is now semi-retired. He is married to Nancy counting 43 years. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. He currently volunteers at the Ministries of Jesus clinic in Edmond. He has taken multiple medical missionary trips to Kenya, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Romania. He serves on the board of No Boundaries International, an organization that ministers to women who are being trafficked and on the board of Global Outreach International which has missionaries in over 50 countries. He is also actively involved in Celebrate Recovery a faith based 12 step recovery program.
Election - April 4, 2023
Edmond School Board - District 3
According to the latest information from the PUBLIC SCHOOL REVIEW proficiency scores in the Edmond Public Schools have gradually gone down since 2010. The largest drop was in 2016 which was pre-covid.
In addition close to 40% of Edmond students are considered not proficient in math and reading. One way to change this is to emphasize hiring and retaining the best teachers. This can be done by first empowering our teachers to teach. Also pay for the best teachers needs to increase. State
Superintendent Ryan Walters says many teachers move on to administrative positions because the pay is better. Since 2000 the number of school administrators in this country has grown by 87%. Is it possible there is administrative redundancy and some of the funds to pay for these positions could be used to increase teacher pay?
LIFE SKILL PREPARATION
Students in the Edmond Public Schools must be prepared to become productive citizens and be able to make a comfortable living. Students must be prepared for college if they desire. Some students may choose to go to a Career Technical School, others will go directly into the work force. They all need to be able to function in society with the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. This again means we need to hire and retain the best teachers available to help train our children and grandchildren for life.
There must be collaboration among parents, teachers, and administrators in educating our students. “Education has become the battleground for the minds of our children and grandchildren.” Parents know what is best for their children. To do what is best for our children schools must be transparent so that parents know what their children are being taught and what books they are being assigned to read. Any topic discussed or taught in schools must be age appropriate as determined by the students’ parent.
"Dr. Jerry believes that public-private collaboration is key to providing our students with the best education possible. He plans to work with local businesses and organizations to provide students with real-world learning opportunities and expose them to various career paths. He will strive to create meaningful partnerships that will benefit both our students and the community."
"Dr. Jerry believes that education is not only about academics, but also about helping students develop the skills and character they need to be successful in life. He plans to work to ensure that students have access to a well-rounded education that includes opportunities for sports, music, art, and other extracurricular activities. He is committed to providing students with the resources they need to excel in all areas of their lives."
"Dr. Jerry, as a parent of children who have been through the Edmond Public Schools system, understands the importance of being an active and engaged member of the school community. He believes that by working together, we can create a better future for our children. He is honored to be running for the Edmond Public Schools District 3 School Board and is committed to making our schools the best they can be for all students."