Question #1. Please summarize your education and work history, including certifications, professional designations and licenses.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education as well as a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, in addition to my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, concentrating in International Business and Management. I was a public school teacher in Northwest Arkansas, in both General Education and Special Education, referred to as Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in Florida. I’ve also had a successful career in instructional design, leadership, and consulting, specializing in employee training and development, engagement, and communication. Clients and employers include Walmart Home Office, Sam’s Club, and Nike. For several years at Walmart, I was responsible for associate training and engagement for Entertainment (Electronics) at all levels of the organization, sales associates through Executive Vice Presidents. This was a group of approximately 60,000 associates. I was highly effective because of the great relationships I built with store and market leaders as well as our vendor partners like Intel, Microsoft, Dell, and many others. One of the programs I created delivered an average sales lift of 23% per analytics firm, Mu Sigma.
I also started my career in recruiting with John Deere which is another skill I hope will help the school district as we work through teacher and staff shortages. Today, my husband and I own a small business (with a very flexible work schedule).
One of the many reasons I’m running is because I am well-qualified for the school board and know I will be highly effective.
Jill Woolbright (incumbent):
I graduated from The University of Central Florida Summa Cum Laude in 1991. I was hired after graduation as a teacher for Flagler Schools where I taught for 28 years. I am certified in Elementary Education 1-6 and Exceptional Education K-12 and have a current State of Florida teaching certificate in those two certification areas. I have taught all types of students in all elementary grades. I have taught general education, learning disabled self-contained, varying exceptionalities inclusion, emotional/behavioral disabled, the gifted and talented, as well as advanced students. In 2016, I earned the #1 ranking of all 6th grade math teachers in the state. Every year the state recognized High Impact Teachers, l made the prestigious list. My yearly evaluations scored me at the top level possible as a Highly Effective teacher.
Question #2: What experience do you believe uniquely qualifies you to be a Flagler County School Board member?
I am uniquely qualified for the school board seat because of my well-rounded background: former teacher – Gen Ed and ESE, parent to a 5th grader, former Fortune 500 leader and consultant, and small business owner. With my background, I can help: 1) ensure our students graduate with the essential knowledge and skills needed for the next chapter of their lives, 2) create a supportive and engaging work environment for our teachers and staff, and 3) improve school and district metrics so that our parents are confident their children are receiving the best education possible and also for our community to be able to attract and retain highly qualified professionals – doctors, small business owners, etc.
Jill Woolbright (incumbent):
As a retired high impact and highly effective teacher of 28 years right here in Flagler County, I have the background knowledge and first-hand experience surpassed by no
other candidate or sitting school board member. I have proven in the classroom that I understand what students need to be able to reach their full potential. I have a working knowledge of how our district functions and what areas need improving.
I have also been a resident of Flagler County since 1989 and raised our four children here where they attended and graduated from Flagler Schools with all four living very successful lives.. I have immersed myself in the community over these years and have created a strong network.
Question #3: Please list any charity work, board experience and other community engagement you believe is important for voters to know about.
From a very young age, my compassion for others has driven me to help when and where I can. In high school, I started and ran a much-needed after-school program. As a young adult, I learned a local group home needed foster parents and signed up that week. Throughout my career in both education and business, I have listened, cared, and acted. Now, this January, I was made aware that many people in our community were searching for another candidate, another option, for the District 1 school board seat, and here I am.
In Northwest Arkansas, I was highly involved with the local animal shelters as well as services for low-income families and have supported my parents, Rev. Dale and Jan Jirousek, with their food drive in Duval County. Details at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27er1OlgpUo.
Locally, I’m a member of the Rymfire PTO and hope to serve my community as school board member for years to come.
Jill Woolbright (incumbent):
I am a member of Parkview Church where I have been a part-time staff member as the Preschool Director. I was charged with the care of approximately 50 babies, toddlers, and preschoolers weekly as well as managing a roster of around 50 volunteers. As a member of Parkview I have volunteered many hours for our community. I participated in around a dozen drive-thru food give-ways during the pandemic where people drove up and we put the food in their trunk. I have also been a member of the choir, as well as an annual volunteer at the Trunk-n-Treat and The Living Nativity. One especially rewarding experience was when I volunteered on a mission trip to Hungary with a group of teachers and taught English as a Second Language inTata.
I was a volunteer at Alpha Women’s Center where I instructed Project WARM women in childcare lessons,
I am an active member of The Palm Coast Kiwanis Club, The Florida Pachyderms, The Tiger Bay Club, Moms for Liberty, The AFRW, and I am currently seeking membership in The Palm Coast Rotary.
Along with attending school based activities at Flagler Schools, I participate in Events held by The City of Palm Coast and Flagler County. I believe it is important as a local official to be involved in public events and available to the public at these events. I work hard to have a good working relationship with officials in other civic positions in the county.