Citing a desire to make sure students’ needs are met, not just academically, but in other ways, too, Judy Walker is running as one of two candidates for the Elkin Board of Education’s east district seat.
Walker and her husband have lived in the Elkin area most of their lives, she said. He serves as a corporate pilot, and she recently retired from Parkwood Place, where she worked as director. “We are proud to call Elkin home,” she said.
“My son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons are graduates of Elkin City Schools. Another grandson is an Elkin High sophomore. Because of them we have been involved in the school system for over 45 years,” Walker explained.
“The town of Elkin is unique. People here truly care about family and quality of life. There is a tradition of doing things the right way,” she said. “It is in this spirit that Elkin’s schools have provided quality education for its children, remaining one of the best systems in the state.”
Maintaining that “tradition of excellence,” is something Walker said is important to her. “To remain a city school system and not be swallowed into a system that might change the quality that Elkin’s schools provide or take away its uniqueness.”
She said, “Our priorities should not be just about test scores, but about the overall needs of students. We must listen to and support our teachers in providing a quality environment for learning.”
Making sure her great-grandchildren receive “the same opportunities as their parents and grandparents to have the best education possible,” is another goal for Walker.
“I am running as a candidate for the Elkin City Schools board for the opportunity to help make best decisions for the education of our students and for their teachers who are dedicated to making a different,” she said. “I believe in our youth. I believe in our school system.
“Our children are our future and we are responsible for theirs.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.