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Meet "SHAKE" Washington

New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Children & Community

I look forward to running a positive campaign, having a true dialogue with all stakeholders and meeting challenges of educating the students in District 5 head on. Together, we can help our children become the future leaders of Hillsborough County, America, and the world. Together, we can improve District 5 and the school district, and make it the best in the state!


I would be honored and humbled to have your support to ensure a common sense approach to education. I give my word we will do it together. Serving with Excellence!



Dear community members,


I am excited and humbled to have officially declared my candidacy for Hillsborough County School Board - District 5.


Prior to retiring in June of 2017, I had a thriving and successful career with Hillsborough County Public Schools for 42 years.  I began my career as an Instructional Assistant and rose through the ranks to Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Area Director, with my career culminating as the Area IV Superintendent.  


As a proud United States Army Veteran having served for 24 years in many positions within the military and the public school system, I understand leadership and the importance of nurturing our teachers, staff and leaders so they offer our children their very best.


I believe we need the most efficient and effective people working in the school system.  I understand what works and what does not work. Our schools need to provide the highest level of education for our children so they can compete for the best jobs on the world stage.


To do that, I believe the emphasis must be on learning, problem solving, and critical thinking - not just learning how to take a test. A solid foundation built upon science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, should be the core focus. In addition, communication skills (reading, speaking, and writing) are essential in order to be successful in today’s business environment. Instead of trying to “reinvent the wheel” with over-testing of our children, we should allow our teachers to teach, and our children to learn.


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