Johnie Payton announces her intention to run for the Wilson County Schools Zone 6 school board seat in the 2016 election.
With nearly 40 years of educating students from the Lebanon City and Wilson County communities, Payton has devoted her life's work to ensuring that the students of the community receive the best possible music education. Her entire career has been one in which she has demonstrated a genuine love for the students and for the community through the arts.
When asked why she is running for the office of school board, Payton replied, "As an educator and a parent to my nieces, nephews and now great-nieces and nephews, I am able to perceive things from both the parental and educational side. We are living in an ever-changing society. These changes are causing more and more challenges for our children. In order to keep up with these day-to-day challenges, we have to keep educating our children. We have to make sure that parents take more ownership in the education process. If elected, I will continue to make education a priority. I will help to build a partnership with children, teachers, parents and community leaders to ensure that the children of our community receive the very best education possible, which will in turn help them face the hardships of our ever-changing world.
"Our children are the treasures of the world. Our children are in training everyday they are at school and in the classroom learning. They are learning to become the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Our teachers have the responsibility to teach our children, to mold their minds and hopefully inspire creativity. I will work to bring the best and brightest teachers to our system, because I love this community, and I want to see it continue to grow."
Payton received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971. Her honors and accomplishments are innumerable. However, some highlights include: founding director of the Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, Wilson County Teacher of the Year in 2003, past president for the Lebanon Education Association and former board member for the United Way of Wilson County. In 2011, she received the Friend of Education Award given by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she serves on the National CLOG Committee which facilitates the National CLOG Convention each year. Finally, Payton serves on the Wilson County Fair Board where she has the responsibility of hiring the Wilson County Fair's special performing groups and artists. During her nearly 40 years of teaching, she has literally shaped the minds and hearts of thousands of children.