“I have decided I would like to continue to serve the children of our community and the constituents of the 2nd District.
“Over the past four years, it has been my mission and passion to ensure quality educational opportunities for the students of Bradley County. I believe, as a board, we have made a positive impact on issues that affect students, teachers, and taxpayers. Teacher licensure, Common Core, capital projects, and the transparency of the budgetary process have been a priority. Although I am proud of the work we have accomplished, I realize we have much more to do,” said Beaty.
Beaty was elected in August 2010 to the Bradley County School Board. She served as the Tennessee legislative representative for two years, vice chairman for one year, and is the current chairman of the Bradley County School Board. She is the first female to serve in this capacity.
A Bradley County native, Beaty started her teaching career in 1970.
“I knew at a very young age that I wanted to become a teacher,” she said. After completing her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Middle Tennessee State University, Beaty felt strongly about returning to Bradley County.
“At the time, I was one of the first special education teachers in the school system. Often, I was asked to take very challenging classes, but I enjoyed every minute. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a spark of determination or a glimmer of hope in the eyes of a child.”
Beaty completed a master’s degree in special education and a master’s+45 in administration and supervision.
In 1985, Beaty was selected by Gov. Lamar Alexander to be a state department evaluator and consultant. Upon returning to Bradley County, Beaty was appointed principal at McDonald Elementary. In 1992, she was appointed director for Special Education and was in that position until her retirement in June 2010.
Beaty has served as president of the Tennessee Association of Administrators of Special Education, as a governor appointee with the Parent Advisory Board for Special Education, and as a member of the Tennessee Leadership Development Network and Special Education Leadership Council.
She was awarded the TAASE Cup on three different occasions by supervisors throughout the state. Plato Software Corporation recognized Beaty’s leadership by awarding her the “2009 Cornerstone Educator’s Award and Inspired Educator’s Award”, in Washington, D.C.
Beaty was also awarded the 2010 National JoLeta Reynolds Award by LRP Publications for her service to exceptional needs children and their families.
She was the first recipient of this award from the state of Tennessee. She continues to be active in special education at the state level by serving in an advisory capacity.
Beaty’s family has also played a major role in her decision. Her husband, Keith Beaty, a former teacher, coach, and assistant principal at Charleston High School, worked in education for 40 years.
“I am extremely proud of Vicki. We have lived in the 2nd District for 41 years and have been privileged to be a part of a great community. She will continue to do a great job for our schools and our children.”
Vicki’s daughter, Emily Beaty, has also been supportive. “There is nothing my mother cannot do if she sets her mind to it,” said Emily. “I have been fortunate to have such a wonderful role model.”
Beaty also has a granddaughter, Sophia Grace Hildebrand.
“My motivation for seeking this office is simple,” states Beaty. “High expectations must be the standard, not the exception. Quality education, fiscal responsibility, and transparency are vital to the success of our school system. The board of education has the responsibility of ensuring the highest possible return on taxpayers’ investment for our community’s most important asset, our children.”