James Beers is announcing his candidacy for reelection as the Roberts District member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board to be elected during the fall of the 2019 General Election. As an educator, Beers has worked with students, teachers, reading specialists, and school administrators at all levels: K-12, community college, and universities for over 40 years. As a recognized authority on reading, writing, and spelling, Beers has consulted with numerous school districts, locally, nationally, and internationally. He has published not only college textbooks but also well-known reading, spelling, and adult literacy instructional programs used by K-12 students and adult learners in the classroom. As professor emeritus at William and Mary, he remains active as an educator. He has continued to work with school districts and served as the long-time director of the Eastern Virginia Writing Project at William and Mary. Beers has also been a member of the Literacy for Life Board at the Rita Welch Learning Center.
While Beers believes the Williamsburg-James City County School System is one of the best in the Virginia (both of his children went through all grades and graduated from Lafayette High School), he also believes that schools need to continually strive to be better.
He cites four areas of particular interest that he supports:
1. Academic excellence for all students
2. Acountability at all levels: students, teachers, administrators, parents
3. Accessibility for students and parents
4. Affordability: responsible stewardship of school resources
As a school board member, Beers hopes to continue using his positive experiences with members of the WJCC School Board, administrators, teachers, and students to make the Williamsburg-James City-County Schools even better that they are today.
Beers is married to Carol Beers, former superintendent of the WJCC School District, has two grown children and four fabulous grandchildren (all in public schools), and two loveable longhaired dachshunds.
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