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Martha Compton for Washington County School District Superintendent

Special to Gannett Florida
Washington County News

We are two weeks from deciding the directions that we want our public education system to take. I am proud of the small southern county where I was born and raised, and most everything I have learned has been from my parents, my community and the public school system. I am married to Andy Compton, coach and teacher, and we have two daughters who attended Washington County Schools. The education profession chose me many years ago, and the passion that I have for making a difference in the lives of students and communities provides the motivation and drive for me to take on new challenges.

I have stated from the beginning that I am applying for the position of Washington County Superintendent of Schools. As an applicant, it is important that you are aware of my credentials. I hold an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in mathematics education from Florida State University, along with a Master’s (M.S.) degree in Educational Leadership from FSU-PC and a Master’s (M.S.) degree in Mathematics Education from Troy State University Dothan. My Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree in Comprehensive Mathematics (Mathematics and Computer Science) was earned at Troy State University and an Associate’s (A.S.) degree in Computer Information Science from Chipola Junior College. I am a Florida Certified educator in the areas of Educational Leadership, Director of Vocational Education, School Principal, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

My experiences gained through my 33 year educational career are a great fit for the qualifications and duties of the Superintendent. I have experienced the duties of a teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science for 22 years in grades K-12, instructional leader, math coach, informational technology director, grant writer, distance learning coordinator, on-line mentor for discrete mathematics for FSU, school administrator for over 10 years, adjunct instructor for over 18 years at Chipola, facilities director, registrar, financial aid advisor, career counselor, advocate, lobbyist, and leader. Today, I currently serve as the first female director of Florida Panhandle Technical College and the transformation over the last 10 years has culminated into the recognition as the “Top Community College in Florida in 2020”.

I have a strong work ethic that has been vital in reaching my professional goals. My background in mathematics, computer science and leadership has helped to analyze, compute, and utilize data that is fundamental to planning, policy making and continual improvement. I am honored to have been recognized by my colleagues as a School Teacher of the Year, District Teacher of the Year, Troy State University - Dothan Outstanding Graduate Student in Arts and Sciences, University of Florida Distinguished Educator, Board member of the year, John E. Lawrence School Administrator of the Year and recently, the induction into the Adult Career Education (ACE) Hall of Fame.

Serving Washington County as Superintendent of Schools offers opportunities and challenges to serve my home and impact a community with talented, educated individuals that will foster growth and pride for Washington County. We must design a community and create opportunities where our children will return to work and live! We must show the panhandle what makes Washington County unique!

I desire for Washington County Schools to be the best place for teachers to teach and for students to grow and excel. I am passionate about my community and have always strived to be better than I was the day before. My Vision is for Excellence in Education. While change is inevitable, improvement is optional. Imagine highly effective schools resulting from rigorous academic programs in a culture of trust and high expectations, led by an experienced, visionary instructional leadership team and implemented by talented, dedicated teachers and staff working toward the success of all students for the future and growth of our community. I challenge you to “IMAGINE EXCELLENCE”.

For these reasons and so many more, I hope that you will consider me for the the position of Washington County Superintendent of Schools as you vote on August 18, 2020. I promise to work hard so that the Washington County School System will be the very best that it can be.