Magouirk has taught at Cleveland Middle School for nine years, earned her associate’s degree from Cleveland State, bachelor’s degree from Lee University, master’s degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, and is completing her Ed.D. in education from Liberty University.
“I believe that school board members should have experience working in education. Many items that are proposed, although well-intentioned, are simply not practical or reasonable. Unless a person is in the education field, he or she cannot truly understand the implications of legislative proposals or how decisions will affect schools, teachers and students,” Magouirk states.
“As a teacher, I have firsthand experience with the needs of schools, how to prioritize spending, and allocate resources,” Magouirk continued.
“My priority as a school board member will be to secure the resources that teachers need to provide the best education for our children. I will work for the appropriate amount and quality of classroom space and materials to facilitate student academic achievement in every school. Also, I believe that 21st century education demands permanently staffed related arts teachers in the areas of music, art, computer science and so forth. It will also be my priority to implement a program where no child’s family has to pay for breakfast, lunch or school fees. As is seen in other systems around the country, this is a viable and worthy goal.”
Magouirk has spent years in community service and professional organizations, including the Post Office Food Drive, Winter Coat Drive, church youth group leadership, Backyard Ministries tutoring, the Association for Middle Level Education, Cleveland Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, National Education Association, and Tennessee Foster Care Association.
Magouirk is married to Jim Floyd and has two daughters, whom she adopted from foster care. She also has two stepchildren, one daughter-in-law and five grandchildren. “And over a thousand children whom I’ve educated, nurtured and encouraged in my classroom,” states Magouirk.
“The Bradley County Schools system has many great teachers, administrative leaders and strong support staff who care for and value their students. As a member of the Bradley County School Board, I will listen and work hard to meet the concerns of parents, students and teachers.”
Magouirk concludes, “I appreciate your vote on Aug. 7 to elect me as the next school board member from the 6th District (Black Fox, Blue Springs, Valley View and Waterville).”