I would like to share with you a few thoughts on why I am led to run for the Effingham County School Board. I was reared here in Effingham County. I attended Abraham Baldwin College, Georgia Southern University (GSU), and the University of Georgia where I finished my agriculture education degree. I still live on Mock Road where my family and I run our family farm. I had the privilege to teach school for almost 29 years and worked for the State of Georgia Department of Education for one year where I helped to write curriculum and supervised career development events.
I was honored to be a Master 4-Her and also received Future Farmer of America (FFA) awards at Effingham County High School (ECHS) and South Effingham County High School (SEHS) including: Honorary Membership of both high school FFA chapters and honorary state and national degrees. I was presented a proclamation from Representative Ann Purcell and our Georgia State Legislature for my dedication to the boys and girls of Effingham County. I also represented South Effingham County High School as the 2000 teacher of the year.
I am chairman of the deacons at the First Baptist Church of Springfield where I also lead the congregational music. I also serve as chairman for several other committees. My wife and I have worked with children, youth, and the college ministry throughout the past 30 years. I have been married to Dale Williams Mock for 31 years. Both sons, Caleb and Joshua, were ECHS honor graduates and sang in the chorus. Caleb also wrestled on the school team. Caleb is a senior at Georgia Tech in Savannah, and Joshua is a junior at GSU.
I recently served as Chairman of the Treutlen House, which is a home for boys. I’m stating this so that you may understand my love for the success of boys and girls. I want to take my teaching experience to the school board. I have a teacher’s heart, and I understand the moral and financial support that is needed to keep our classrooms moving forward. The students are our number one priority, and we must keep that focus. I am a true conservative both politically and fiscally. I run a small business and understand how important it is to keep our taxes as low as possible. I have the experience of making tough choices when financial times are challenging. I understand employer and employee relations and that each person is a vital part of an organization. I know how to work with a team, but I am not afraid to ask the tough questions. I believe that communication is the key to good government. I would like to hold town hall meetings in various parts of our district to allow our citizens to voice their praises and concerns.
I covet your prayers and ask for your vote in the November general election. Please let me put my experience to work for the 4th District.