Welcome to the official website of Lyord Watson, Jr.ís campaign for election to the Birmingham Board of Education.

Growing up as the child of an educator, it is no surprise that I have always had a passion for education. I have an unshakable commitment to educational excellence and believe that every child in Birmingham can succeed. I am running for the Birmingham Board of Education District 2 seat to prepare and empower our students for our city and our future.

For more than 10 years, I've volunteered in, raised funds for, and mentored students in Birmingham City Schools including Glen Iris Elementary, W. J. Christian K-8, and A. H. Parker High. Three years ago, I conducted research on the Birmingham City School System for a grant committee. As part of this evaluation, I visited Gate City Elementary School. Upon entry, I noticed the smell of mildew. It was a hot, rainy spring day but it was just as hot inside as outside because the air conditioner was not working. The heat was on, and there were visible signs of water leakage. During my tour, I visited a first grade classroom. The children were so eager to have a visitor that they each read one page of their book to me.

Despite non-optimal conditions, these students were excited to learn. This experience - and these students - propelled me to do more. I want to have greater impact and realize that in order to do so, I have to be in leadership.

I humbly submit myself to serving the students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders as the District 2 candidate for the Birmingham Board of Education. I believe in the ability of our children to learn. I believe that with collaboration, effective communication, and a well-rounded curriculum, the Birmingham City School System can and will prepare our children for the next step of their lives whether that means post-secondary education or directly entering the workforce.

With your help, I can be successful in this endeavor. On August 27, 2013, we will have the opportunity to change the direction of the Birmingham School System. In order for us to accomplish our goal, I need your vote, I need your donations, and I need your engagement.

Thank you for joining me on this journey for our students, our city, and our future.

Lyord Watson Jr.

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