Richard Shaw seeks re-election as city at-large school board member
Apr 06, 2014 | 828 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Richard Shaw
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Richard Shaw has announced his intention to run for re-election to the position of Cleveland Schools at-large school board member.

A member for four years, Shaw said he “is honored to be a member of the city school board, which was named a Tennessee School Board of Distinction for 2013-14.”

Shaw retired in 2008, after 30 years of teaching and coaching at Cleveland High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree from West Chester State University and a master of education from UTC. He has done postgraduate work at UTK, UTC, Emory University, Penn State University and St. Joseph University.

Before moving to Cleveland in 1974, he taught and coached in New Jersey for six years. His first teaching assignment in Cleveland was Cleveland Junior High School. He was moved to Cleveland High School in 1978, where he taught social studies for 30 years. His classes included world history, AP/dual enrollment European history, economics, world studies, and geography. He coached football, including the state championship years, in addition to girls’ track.

Shaw’s other duties included model United Nations adviser from 1982 to 2006, director of school of student activities from 1997 to 2008, and student government adviser from 1997 to 2005.

He was an adjunct instructor at CSCC for European history.

In 2007 he was honored with the Lillie Frank Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award, in addition to numerous other awards during his 40-year career.

He served as a student-teacher supervisor at Lee University from 2009-13.

On a more personal note, he is a lector at St. Therese Catholic Church. Shaw has been married to the former Barbara Lorenz for 41 years. They have a daughter, Jeni Shaw Spezia, who is married to Anthony Spezia III. Their grandchildren Anthony IV, Dominic, Annabella, and Emilia Grace live in Knoxville with their parents. Jennifer is a product of the Cleveland City Schools, and she graduated from UTK with a degree in logistics.

Shaw said he wants to finish what was begun during his first term of office. The new elementary school, the CHS gym, and the implementation of the Common Core standards are high priorities for the Cleveland school board, and he wants to work for positive results.

He said he has the experience, work ethic, and desire to continue on the board to guarantee with the other board members that the City Schools will maintain their high standards and well-earned reputation for excellence in education.

He said he would appreciate your vote and support on Aug. 7.