Retired educator throws hat in for TISD District 4

Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 23:00 - Written by Emily Guevara

A retired Tyler educator has filed to run for District 4 trustee on the Tyler ISD school board.

Dr. Patricia Nation, 63, said she wants to help in any way she can and believes her 27 years of public school education experience would serve the school board well.

Dr. Nation is the only person presently in the running for the District 4 position after Kevin East, president of The Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, withdrew his candidacy.

East said after talking to some constituents in the community, he determined there could be some time conflicts in the future especially with initiatives related to his full-time job.

Dr. Nation began her teaching career in Tyler ISD at Hubbard Middle School and taught in Killeen and Van school districts before moving into administration.

She worked as Winona Elementary School’s assistant principal for four years and New Summerfield ISD’s curriculum and special programs director for seven years. The last five of those years she also worked as the New Summerfield Junior High School principal. She retired in July.

Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership.

She holds principal and superintendent certifications. Even though she recently retired, she said she’s not through yet.

“I’ve always had a love for kids,” she said. “I always felt like education was my calling.”

Dr. Nation is married to Callen P. Nation Sr. and has two grown daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The last day to file to run for single member Districts 2 and 4 is Friday. The board secretary’s office will be open until 5 p.m. that day.

The last day to file to run for the single member District 5 position is March 10. The board secretary’s office will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. that day.