This is the last of the posts in which I will share what I learned from (hopefully reliable) Internet sources about the School Board candidates. This exercise has helped me realize what’s important to me in a School Board member. It’s caused me to think hard about the role of politics and ideology in a School Board election and subsequent Board service, matters that I naively thought would not (or should not) come into play in a non-partisan election. Once today’s research and writing is completed, I’ll turn to sharing my thoughts about the candidates, and my endorsements.
But first, here’s what I’ve learned about the two candidates for School Board from District 5: Thomas Andler and Roy Terry.
Remember: All Collier County voters can vote for one candidate from each of the three districts up for election in the August 26 primary election, regardless of where you live or your party affiliation.
Absentee ballots were mailed this week. If you requested one but haven’t received it yet, please call the Supervisor of Elections Office (239-252-VOTE and follow up.)
Thomas Andler was a high school teacher (38 years) and school superintendent in a small school district in North Dakota (5 years). His campaign slogan is “The Conservative Choice in District 5.” He says, “Common sense and cooperation can solve all problems!”
Andler’s campaign website states five goals that he would seek to accomplish as “The Conservative Choice" as a School Board member. His Facebook page (started June 30, 2014) reports on his campaign appearances. He does not seem to have a LinkedIn or Twitter presence.
Educational Background (years degrees were received was not disclosed)
- Ed.D. – Educational Leadership / Florida Atlantic University
- Master’s – Educational Administration / Tri-College University (ND)
- Bachelor’s - Biology / St. Cloud State University (MN)
According to his website, Andler “has 38 years of experience teaching Mathematics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biology at the high school level. He also served as an adjunct professor of Intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for International Students at FAU, and was a successful district superintendent in North Dakota for five years.”
Neither Andler’s website, Facebook Page or campaign literature identify the school(s) he taught at, the school district where he was employed as a superintendent, or the city in North Dakota where he worked or lived. In response to my question in a meeting on June 16, Andler told my colleague and me that he was superintendent in a small district where there was just one school.
Leadership Positions – Volunteer
Nothing reported by the candidate or found online.
A December 2012 Naples Daily News article (“Going the distance: Collier teachers reassigned to outlying schools face long commutes”) states that Andler and his wife “have fought the [Collier County School] district – going as far as the state Department of Education and Gov. Rick Scott – demanding administrators reverse the decision” to transfer Andler’s wife Debbie from Everglades City School, a “five-minute drive” from their home, to Laurel Oaks Elementary in North Naples. According to the article, “Tom Andler called the move a ‘witch hunt.’”
Andler raised $1,541 in monetary contributions and no in-kind contributions, and spent $1,540 through July 11, 2014. His largest contributions to date:
- $555 – Personal contributions, 6/14
- $200 - B & L Ace Hardware, Immokalee, on 6/17/14
- $100 – Captain’s Table Lodge, Everglades City, on 5/21/14
Roy Terry was a teacher, coach and/or principal for almost fifty years. He worked at four schools in the Collier County School District from 1978 to 2009. He was elected to the School Board in 2010 and is now running for a second term. His campaign slogan is “Our Work Isn’t Finished…”
Neither Terry’s Facebook page nor LinkedIn profile are active; he has no campaign website or Twitter account.
- BS - Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) (1963)
- M.Ed. - Colorado State University (1968)
Collier County---35 years
- Collier County School Board Chairperson (2012-2013)
- Collier County School Board Member (2010-2014)
- Principal, Palmetto Ridge High School (2003-2009)
- Principal/Asst. Principal, Lely High School (1992-2003)
- Coordinator of Physical Education, Volunteers, Drug Free Schools for CCPS (1989-1992)
- Assistant Principal, East Naples Middle School (1988-1989)
- Athletic Director, Naples High School (1984-1988)
- Teacher/ Coach, Naples High School (1978-1984)
Prior to Collier County
- Athletic Director, California State College, California, PA (1976-1978)
- Head Football Coach/Teacher, Morehead State University, KY (1972-1976)
- Assistant Football Coach/Teacher, University of Louisville, KY (1969-1972)
- Assistant Football Coach/Graduate Student, Colorado State University, CO (1967-1969)
- Teacher/Coach, Riverview High School, FL (1965-1967)
- Teacher/Coach, Baltimore City College, MD (1963-1965)
- Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast - Chairman
- Naples Babe Ruth Baseball - President
- Collier County Coaches Association - Founder and President
- YMCA of Collier County - Board Member
- Collier County Education Foundation – Board Member
- Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Naples - Member/ Trustee (1996- present)
- South Florida Center for Educational Leadership - Board Member
- Rotary Club of Immokalee - President
- Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors - District 6 Representative
- Foundation for a Drug Free Generation - Member
- Worked in partnership with Collier Building industry Association
Terry raised $4,391 in monetary contributions and $433 in in-kind contributions, and spent $3,782 through July 25, 2014. His largest contributions to date:
- $683 – Personal contributions, 12/13 – 1/14
- $500 – David H. Moore, Naples, on 2/12/14
- $500 – Collier TIGER, Naples, on 5/8/14
- $500 – Island Coast Education, Ft. Myers, on 6/2/14
- $500 – Anthony Phelan, Naples, on 7/14/14
Other contributions of note: $100 – Jonathan Tuttle (Executive Director, Collier County Education Association CCEA) on 1/28/14; $20 – JB Holmes (Candidate: School Board District 3) on 1/28/14
As always, comments and suggestions are welcome, and please let me know of any significant errors or omissions.