Natasha Jeffries, 34, is a teaching assistant for the , working in the high school and elementary school. She has been an administrative assistant for the Florida/show tour department of the .
She graduated from and holds a teaching assistant certificate. She is working toward a degree in mathematics and secondary education. Jeffries has lived in Southampton for all but three years of her life.
Jeffries is married to Edward Jeffries and has three children who attend Southampton schools, Dakari Brown, 15, Tavia Jeffries, 12, and Kellen Jeffries, 7.
She has been both the vice president and president of the Southampton Intermediate School PTA, and the president of the youth ministry of . She has also served for four years on the Southampton School District's Budget Advisory Committee.
Two years ago she founded HYPE, Helping Young People Excel, a nonprofit for helping youth through education, sports, the arts and through improving their self esteem.
Patch asked Jeffries three questions. Here are her answers in her own words:
What qualifies you to be a member of the school board?
My community and school involvement, my passion to support and give back to the youth of this community, my time spent attending board meetings and participating on committees in order to learn and get an understanding of how the school operates, and my objectivity.
Why do you want to be a member of the school board?
To serve this community by serving our youth through shaping and molding the education that we deliver to them.
If elected, what changes would you like to see at Southampton Schools?
I would like to see continued effort of engaging the community/parents in the education process, a push to close the achievement gap, a push for differentiated learning at all levels in all classrooms, and a drive to ensure we are providing a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment daily and, of course, all while being conscious of the economic times in which we are living.
“Meet the Candidates Night” will be held May 11 between 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the library. The will take place May 17 in the intermediate school music room.