School Board, District C

Sharon Samuel, a Republican, counts it a privilege to continue to serve on the Zachary Community School Board as a representative for education in District 3.

“I am running for re-election because I am passionate about education for every child, every day,” Samuel said in a prepared announcement. “Our Zachary schools have enjoyed being the number one school district in the state for nine years consecutively. This happens only when adult community stakeholders work together, especially parents, teachers, administrators and board members. The result so far has been an excellent educational opportunity for the students in our district,” Samuel, 53, said.

She said her priorities include focusing on student learning and support for teachers and staff; being a good steward of tax dollars; keeping children safe in schools; and encouraging patriotism in our schools.

She said her job as a Zachary realtor affords her the flexibility to visit schools during the day, attending school programs and talking with teachers, parents and administrators.

Samuel said the district should not rest on past accolades but continue high standards and expectations to improve educational achievement at all levels for all students.

“Being an experienced board member, committed and engaged, gives me the perspective of knowing what has worked in the recent past, allowing us to walk the tightrope of budget challenges, school construction and renovation costs, and predict issues that arise due to sustained growth while keeping technology in the classrooms,” she said.

As a board member, she says she understands the importance of continuing the excellent relationship with our police and fire departments and city administrators. She said the School Board is dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are maximized.

“I’m pleased that our schools begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance. Having pride in our nation helps us build our children’s futures and mold them into being future leaders. The importance of patriotism was brought to the forefront of my life when our older son, Brook, served in Afghanistan with the 2-30 Infantry Battalion of the U.S. Army,” said Samuel.

Samuel and her husband, Brook, are 25-year residents of Zachary. Besides their son Brook Jr. on active military, their son Stephen is a senior at Zachary High.

In 1983, Samuel graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in business administration and management.

She has served the School Board as president, vice president and chairwoman of several committees. She represents the School Board on the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council.

The election for district seats on the Zachary Community School Board is Nov. 4.

Candidate Marty Hughes also is running in District 3.