Meet Debra K. Sullivan
For more than four years, Debra Sullivan has served as a member of the West Virginia Board of Education. She said being involved in educating our West Virginia children is a serious undertaking, with the work ultimately affecting individual students’ futures and our future as a state.
“Members of county boards and the state board have a responsibility to provide solid educational opportunities for children to grow intellectually and personally in the short-term so they can prosper in the long-term.”
To fulfill this obligation, she said board members can best serve when they use quantitative and qualitative data to analyze current conditions, determine goals, implement plans, and monitor results.
“While numbers provide valuable information, intangibles are powerful indicators, too. Are schools and classrooms safe, emotionally, and physically, for children and educators? Are there non-academic ways for children to explore personal interests and develop new ones? Do parents and guardians feel welcome and comfortable in their children’s schools? Are schools and classrooms pervaded with a sense of respect, order, purposefulness, and positivity? How do all members of a school community interact to work collectively to solve challenges and plan for the future? How do communities actively and visibly support their schools?”
These are questions school boards across the nation ask of their school communities each year to ensure that all students have what they need to learn and grow. It is the commitment of board members like Sullivan who help West Virginia students achieve and succeed.
“Bottom line, schools can be energizing, intellectually and emotionally engaging, joyful places that have inspiring, life-altering impacts on individual children,” Sullivan said. “School board members at all levels can help make such schools a reality.”
Getting To Know Board Member Sullivan