Students are at the top of school board member’s list

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She is an adjunct faculty member at ETSU, working as a student teacher supervisor.

“Education has been a passion for my entire my family,” Dellinger said. “My mother worked as an instructional assistant and then as a secretary/receptionist for over 30 years. My father taught and coached at Jonesborough School for a short time. Both my sisters have taught, and one currently teaches in Washington County Schools.”

She is married to Terry Dellinger, and says her hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends and “everything to do with flowers.” 

Fast Facts

Dog or cat: “Dogs, especially my little dog Bonnie Blue.”

Favorite fruit:  “I love all fruit, but watermelon is my favorite.”

Favorite vacation spot: “I enjoy traveling and have visited many of our amazing national parks. It would be difficult to pick just one as they are all unique and treasured.”

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD?

My top priorities are our students and staff. Focusing on the classroom with students and teachers is vital to our children’s success. Every year is an important step for academic, social and emotional growth. To create a school system that is focused on learning, so that our students will be successful in college, career and life.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT SERVING ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION?

School visits are my favorite because I enjoy interacting with students and staff. These visits allow me the privilege of seeing our students’ accomplishments. This also gives me an opportunity to ask administrators and staff for their concerns and needs. We have amazing administrators, teachers and staff working with our students.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE LEARNING AT HOME DURING COVID-19?

I appreciate that both students and teachers have had to adapt to unusual circumstances. I am so proud of our teachers and how they have worked on short notice, and have been flexible to meet our students’ needs. Teachers are communicating with students through email, webpages, Google Meets and phone calls. My advice is to work and communicate with their teachers so they can be prepared for their next grade.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ON THE SCHOOL BOARD FACE DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Our most important challenge was to ensure that students’ nutritional needs are being met. Thanks to our schools Nutrition Department and staff for feeding our students and families. With the implementation of online instruction, we have needed to help families with technology issues.

A heartbreaking challenge is having our students and teachers unable to celebrate end of the year accomplishments. This is especially difficult for our eighth-graders and seniors with cancellations of graduations, proms, banquets and sporting events.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER?

It was exciting to open the new Boones Creek School and celebrate with them, and our system has made many positive personnel changes over the past few years. However, my proudest moment has been our school board coming together to recognize the importance of the Jonesborough community and our need for a new school.

I am still very hopeful that Washington County and Johnson City can work together to find an equitable solution that will benefit all students. 

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