Teacher running for spot on Hollidaysburg school board

A teacher is seeking a seat on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board.

Nikki Varney, 44, has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a biology concentration and a Master’s of Secondary Education in science.

“I have taught in a variety of public schools for 21 years. I started my career in Maine, taught high school science in Georgia for 12 years and have been teaching in Pennsylvania for the last eight years. … I’m seeking to be a Hollidaysburg Area school director because I believe a strong education is the most important antecedent to being a successful adult,” Varney wrote in a candidate announcement.

“Being a parent, teacher, and taxpayer gives me a unique perspective into all three stakeholders school directors affect. I have children in the school system so I understand the importance that children receive the educational foundation they need to flourish and to become contributing members of society.”

Varney was a substitute chemistry teacher for a year at Hollidaysburg Area High School the first year she lived in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching science at Williamsburg Community Junior/Senior High School for the last seven years. She is also involved with the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, which promotes independent science research for students who are in grades 7-12.

“I am a teacher with over two decades of experience so I know the support students and teachers need to be successful. Being a teacher has also given me experience in budgeting a school district’s money. I have to budget for my classes, making tough decisions about what to purchase and what to cut to give the students the best learning experiences. I tend to be frugal, treating the district’s money as I would my own when budgeting,” she wrote.

“With that being said, I fight for resources that are indispensable. Lastly, I know that as school director I represent all the folks of the Hollidaysburg Area School District. If I am honored enough to be elected to the board, I will be looking for input and opinions of those I represent to weigh during decision-making.”

Editor’s note: This information was received before the March 31 deadline.

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