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Posted: July 16, 2010 9:05 p.m.

BOE District 3 - Pamela Consuegra (D)

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Pamela Consuegra

The District 3 race for the Newton County Board of Education seat being vacated by Cathy Dobbs is gearing up to be a tough one, with four people having qualified.

The newest contender is Pamela Consuegra, a former Alcovy High School science teacher who chose to become a stay-at-home mom to her two small children and a part-time instructor of physical education at the Newton Campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

"I decided to run, mainly because I have two small children and I have been thinking about running way before the budget cuts were announced in the county," she said. "I want to be proud to say that my children are part of the Newton County School System."

Consuegra graduated from Newton High School in 1999 and went on to Young Harris College on a softball scholarship before transferring to the University of West Georgia where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education. From there she earned a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Georgia in 2006. She believes her educator’s background is needed on the school board.

"I think the Newton County School System can benefit from having a teacher on the board," she said. "…I think that this position is more than just late-night meetings. I have the time to devote to this position and my small children are the reason I am doing this. If I have to give up a few bedtimes in order to ensure they have a quality school system, I am willing to do that."

Consuegra believes that the board’s biggest concern should be student well-being and achievement, followed closed by fiscal responsibility.

"I do not personally see our financial situation as a nation getting better as soon as we need it to," she said. "We must keep not only our students but our teachers’ best interest in mind as well."

She urged parents to contact her at pamelaconsuegra3@gmail.com with questions or concerns and said that she wanted parents to know that their involvements in education were crucial and that not only principals and teachers would welcome their input, but board members would as well.

"I want to be an open door for our district," she said. "As one person I can’t see the entire county so I am going to be reliant upon my district so that I know their concerns and can then take those to the board and hopefully find a solution to the problem."

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