Why am I getting in this race?
I strongly believe in the vision statement of the district, which is “to empower today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities.” Education is not just about the here and now. It’s about the future. We, as educators, have to peer into the future and forecast what it will look like and ensure that we are providing educational experiences that will best prepare them for that future. I feel like I have a unique set of skills, experiences, and expertise that can help this district achieve that vision.
A few quick facts about me:
- Product of Greenwood 50 schools
- Former elementary teacher in schools (3 years)
- Served in Title 1 school districts
- I know the joys, frustrations, and pressures of being a teacher
- As an associate professor and educational researcher, I stay up to date with the latest developments in educational research, policy, and practice.
- Active in statewide education policy and advocacy.
- The impact of global competition is a big influence on educational policy decisions. I have travelled in, taught, and/or studied in several different continents
- Taught elementary school in Guatemala (2 summers; 2008 & 2010)
- Led a study tour of universities and high schools in S. Korea & China this summer and learned about their educational philosophies and practices (2012)
- Experienced in teaching ESOL
- Taught ESL in Guatemala as well as a summer institute for visiting S. Korean students (2012)
- I speak Spanish
Ultimately, I know that we have many serious issues to tackle over the next few years. If elected to the Board, I look forward to being a voice of the community in advancing education in Greenwood from a policy and strategic standpoint. I believe that schools are a trust of the community and they work best when the community is informed and invested in their success.
Can I vote for Lee Vartanian?
If you are a registered voter in Greenwood County and are zoned for Seat 9, you can.
How can I vote for Lee Vartanian?
No candidate for Seat 9 emerged before the registration deadline. Therefore, Seat 9 will be decided by “write-in” voting. Therefore, if you are zoned for Seat 9, you will be offered the opportunity to “write-in” (i.e. type in) a candidate. To vote for me, type in “Lee Vartanian”.
Am I zoned to vote for Seat 9?
Seat 9 represents the area spanning the Eastern part of Grace St./ Hwy 254 from around Durst Ave. to the Creekside Subdivision. It includes the following neighborhoods and subdivisions on the eastern side of Hwy 254:
Off Hwy 254:
- Rock Creek
- Belle Meade
- Cherokee Hills
- Wellington Green
Deadfall Road East (airport side):
- Beech Run & Beech Lake
- Winding Creek
- Rock Knoll
- Laurel Ridge
Laurel Ave. E. (East of Grace St.)
- Orchard Park
- Leyland Place
- Karlie Hill
Northside Dr. E. (East of Hwy. 254)
If you are unsure of where you are zoned, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you find your zone.
How do I “write-in”?
With the electronic voting machines, you will come to a screen for Greenwood 50 Board of Trustees Seat 9. There will be a button that says “WRITE IN”, click that button and type my name: “LEE VARTANIAN” and click “submit”.
What if I forget how to spell your name?
That’s fine! Do the best you can. I have submitted a list of possible misspellings to the Voter’s Registration office. They are expecting spelling errors. Simple misspellings will not count against me. So, give it your best shot. Start with “V” and go from there!