The school district election, scheduled for Feb. 5, will feature many familiar faces in the running for positions on area school boards.
Peggy Brewer, Ed.D., an incumbent board member of the Roswell Independent School District, looks to retain her seat in District 3, which covers most of city’s southwestern area.
A veteran of the RISD for more than 35 years, Brewer was selected to serve the remainder of Milburn Dolen’s term when he resigned in 2011.
As a board member, she said she works with the superintendent to solve problems and address concerns in schools. Among their duties, Brewer said board members monitor the school’s budget, student and teacher achievement and the renovation and building of facilities to create safe, efficient schools.
During her career with RISD, Brewer performed in various capacities, from a teacher to a principal to even a teacher of principals.
Though retired, Brewer continues to work in the educational field in ways such as supervising student teachers and consulting with school districts in other cities.
“Education is so important; it opens doors for students,” she said. “The world is theirs with an education.”
Brewer, a native of Roswell, graduated from Roswell High and Eastern New Mexico University-Portales and obtained a doctorate in education from Walden University in 2011.
Brewer said she brings her knowledge of both education and Roswell to the board, as schools and community rely on each other to work well.
“Together, we create great schools and great schools create a great community,” she said. “I just believe you’re constantly learning, improving your skills and listening to the community and then doing something about that.”
Along with community involvement, Brewer also believes more should be done toward recruitment, retention and development of staff, such as commending teachers for a job well done.
“Sometimes people just need a pat on the back,” she said. “Without that high quality of staff, student achievement couldn’t take place. They all go hand in hand.”