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INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.
She is a 1996 graduate of Radford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She went on to work five years as an elementary education teacher.
“I feel that I am able to offer a unique perspective to the board because of my background in teaching, as well as the fact that I’m working in an elementary school every day,” said Cassell. “I am proud to have served on a board that has always worked in a cooperative and mutually respectful manner. We have always agreed upon our primary focus being the success and safety of all of the students that we serve.”
Cassell is a lifelong resident of Independence. Her husband is Mack Cassell, and her children are Crue (age 13), Holden (10) and Dalton (3), each of whom attend Grayson County schools.
“During the eight years I have served on the board, I am proud that our schools have become fully accredited according to state guidelines, we have launched an associate’s degree program in collaboration with Wytheville Community College and we have insured that only highly qualified teachers are teaching in our classrooms,” she said.
“With the current world economy, I believe that a good education is vital to the success of the students of Grayson County now more than ever before,” she added. “During my tenure, the board has worked diligently along with school administrators to update facilities and curriculum so that the students we serve are better prepared to achieve their future goals.”
Cassell will complete her second term at the end of this year.