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Running as a District 3 candidate for the Washington County Board of Education, Gregg Huddlestone spent 43 years in public education as a teacher and guidance counselor.

“I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling,” he said. “I have also served on various school board committees including curriculum, safety, and textbook selection while working in south Florida.”

Huddlestone feels he will add to the board with his background in teaching, as well as his knowledge of the school system itself.

“For 43 years I have worked with various superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, and PTA’s,” he said. “Therefore, I have a good understanding of the inner workings of a school system, and I will use that experience to guide me in making decisions that will positively affect the students.

“My goals if elected are to increase the number of mental health therapists and guidance counselors in the school system, lower the class sizes in grades K-3, increase the communication between employees, par- ents, and students with the administration and provide tutoring assistance both after school and on Saturdays for students.”

The love Huddlestone has, not just for Washington County schools, but for the people, climate and mountains of the region, helps to fuel his passion for the position he seeks.

“I am very passionate about public education and have lobbied on its behalf for my whole career,” he said. “Having a master’s degree in counseling. I have been proven to be a good listener and will continue to do so as a school board member. I am also someone you can count on to go the distance if I believe the cause is right.

“I also believe funding should be provided to build the necessary playgrounds at the new Jonesborough school so that they are ready when the school is completed.”

Huddlestone has seen the school system from many sides throughout his career, and he is ready to see it from a new perspective.

“I believe that being a school board member is the most important thing I can do as an education professional. I want to use my 43 years of experience in public education to accomplish my goals and
to make the Washington County school system even better than it is. My motto throughout my career has been, Students – First – Always,” he said.