Senator Terry Van Duyn will host a community forum from 6-8 p.m. November 9 at Asheville High School auditorium, 419 McDowell Street, to review the state of education in N.C. from an insider’s look at the state legislature’s role. This event is free and open to the public.
The format of the panel will include brief introductions by the panel members followed by a series of questions regarding the state of education in North Carolina. The questions will be a combination of pre-determined questions and questions submitted via social media. Audience members will also be allowed to submit questions live during the panel via Facebook and Twitter using the #EdForum2015, and there will be an opportunity for live audience questions at the end as well.
Our Panel Members:
Representative Brian Turner– Brian Turner is the District 116 representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Representative Turner serves on the North Carolina Committee for Appropriations, Appropriations on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources, Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs House committees. Representative Turner was born and raised in Buncombe County, making his mark on the Asheville area through his time as former Assistant Vice Chancellor of UNC Asheville and at Mills Manufacturing, currently running his own small business in Buncombe.
Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin – Superintendent Baldwin of Buncombe County Schools is a graduate of T.C. Roberson High School. He received his bachelors and masters in Education at UNC Chapel Hill, his doctorate from Northwestern University, and completed his superintendent certification at Western Carolina University. Baldwin has a long legacy in Buncombe County as a major educational force and has served in every capacity from Assistant Principal to Assistant Superintendent. Baldwin has been awarded Buncombe County Principal of the Year and Western Regional Principal of the Year, among other accolades. During his service to Buncombe County schools, Baldwin decreased dropout rates, fought for student safety, connected internal student support services, and planned system-wide renovation and construction projects.
Superintendent Dr. Pamela Baldwin – Dr. Pamela Baldwin is the Superintendent of Asheville City Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree at George Mason University, her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from East Carolina University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from UNC Wilmington. Before starting as Superintendent of Asheville City Schools in 2014, Baldwin served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Scotland County Schools. Baldwin has also taught at Gardner-Webb University and served as a middle and high school principal, science teacher, and coach.
Brian Gonzales – Brian Gonzales was a self-professed teacher by junior year in high school and has turned his dream into a reality. Gonzales graduated from Enka High School and went on to Appalachian State University, where he received his bachelors degree and teaching certificate. He serves as the social studies department chair at Clyde A. Erwin High School and has been teaching for 10 years. Because of his outstanding work at Erwin, Gonzales is the 2016 Buncombe County Teacher of the Year.