Name: Josephine Ann (JoAnn) Orischak
Office: Beaufort County Board of Education, District 11
Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 9 years
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Family: Husband David Adam Orischak; daughter Alexandra, 19; son Adam, 17; son Andrew, 13
Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Current occupation/employer: Part-time with Starbucks
Employment, military and volunteer history: PC Concepts, Philadelphia, software applications instructor and course development; Beaufort County School District, kindergarten through second grade teacher; founder/chairwoman of Parents of the Academically Talented of Hilton Head; co-chairwoman of Gifted and Talented Education Supporters; Hilton Head Island Middle School School Improvement Council secretary; Hilton Head Baseball Association; Hilton Head Island High School baseball; American Legion Post 185 baseball
Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: None
Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: None
Other prior political and government experience: None
Key endorsements you've received: County Councilman Brian Flewelling, state Rep. Andy Patrick
Contributions: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.
Expenditures: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.
Highest contributor: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.
Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent?
With three children who have attended our Hilton Head cluster schools, and background as a Beaufort County teacher, I am able to draw upon first-hand experience in understanding the workings of our schools. I'd like to put that experience as a teacher and mother of children attending our schools to work as a board member. Additionally, I worked collaboratively with parents and educators in forming a gifted and talented advocacy group out of Hilton Head. As chairwoman, I organized informational meetings that included local and national speakers on topics pertaining to gifted education. I was able to rally parents interested in seeing improved academic offerings for students.
What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?
Additionally, support for board committee structure would allow representatives to capitalize on their individual strengths, narrow the focus of each representative, and as a result, provide more in-depth analyses of matters for discussion.
Let's first begin by competing at the state level in elevating student performance, and then set our sights higher in competing on the national stage.
What other issues do you see as important?
There are so many, but here are a few:
What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I would like to see our board take more formal votes on topics for discussion that illustrate their positions. It is critical for constituents to see where their representatives stand on matters on an ongoing basis. When elected, I would immediately suggest more board votes, have them documented by the board secretary, and include a running tally as an addendum to board minutes posted publicly.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. No.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. No.
Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing? Not at this time.