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BIOGRAPHY

A Commitment to Excellence

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Hello, my name is Daniel Fisher, and I am running for the Alachua County School Board. Since I am asking for your vote on Aug 23rd, let me introduce myself: 

 

I am a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. During my 28 years of service, I worked in a variety of positions, held many leadership roles, worked worldwide on impactful missions, and served in 10 countries. Working with the Airmen and their families not only helped me develop empathy for them, but I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in how to help those families and individuals work through tough and challenging life situations.

While in the Air Force, I gained valuable experience in teaching and the learning process. This included learning how to manage, train, develop, and instruct professional education programs. I successfully transferred those skills into the civilian world and served 10 years as a professor of business for William Jessup University in California. As a professor, I taught classes in economics, operations management, ethics, and evidence-based decision-making. 

 

I also owned a business, attained my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and raised a family alongside my incredible wife. Together we are raising four amazing children. I desired to give back to the community and provide an example to my four children which led to my decision to help in the public school system after I retired from the Air Force. I spent some time in California before coming home to Florida, I am now an English Language Arts teacher at Williston Middle High School in Williston, Florida.

 

Through many years of leading organizations of all sizes, as well as my time as a husband, father, and community citizen, I have maintained a deep belief in the importance of the role character plays in achieving excellence. I share the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all We Do”, and have worked to incorporate these values into every aspect of life: how I lead my family, approach friendships, and enter into any endeavor I undertake. Because I have seen the impact of these values on both the personal and organizational levels, I believe that values and character are foundational for organizations to become great. Further, I believe it is impossible to achieve excellence by tearing people or programs down; instead, excellence is achieved through hard work, discipline, sacrifice, and dedication.

 

The job of a leader is to work within an organization to provide support, remove barriers, and help ensure that programs meet the needs of ALL of their members—in this case, the needs of the students, parents, and school staff. 

In regards to our education system, here are a few of my core beliefs: 

♦ every child should have the opportunity and access to a world-class education. 

♦ both individual and parental engagement are vital for learning and student success. 

♦ the focus of a school district must be on the education process—concentrating all efforts on the classroom, teachers/staff, and curriculum choices. 

♦ as leaders, we are to listen twice as much as we talk. 

As your next school board member, I will focus on three areas:

 

♦ educating students 

♦ engaging parents 

♦ empowering teachers and staff 

If you agree with these goals and believe I have the experience, education, and vision to do the job of representing you on the Alachua County School Board, I respectfully ask for your vote. 

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