Without question these are tough times. The harsh reality is the fact that the COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed major disparities in our state public educational system. These include access to broadband, mental health, support for both teachers and parents and an overall growing lack of confidence in our educational system that is ranked 43rd in the USA. Clearly, we need more than promises to address the challenges that we face.
I believe that I have the experience, background and proven track record of service to get us on track, but it will take a team effort starting with rebuilding trust between our parents, teachers, administrators and policymakers. We need a new vision that inspires hope and faith that working together we can create the change and betterment that we seek for all children.
CAN I COUNT ON YOU?
- Jerry N. Govan Jr.
President John F. Kennedy
An Orangeburg native educated in the public schools, State Representative Jerry Govan is a 1982 graduate of South Carolina State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Early Childhood Education. Additionally, he has accumulated credit hours towards the Ed Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.
Representative Govan has twenty-seven years educational experience working in several administrative leadership capacities including parenting, afterschool, adult literacy, dropout prevention and county attendance programs. Representative Govan's other work experiences include personnel, pre-trial intervention, and small business management.
A thirty-year veteran and second ranking member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, he is the senior ranking member of the House Education and Public Works Committee, Early Childhood Sub-Committee, House Operations and Management Committee, Chairman of the Public Safety Sub-Committee and Vice-Chairman of the State House Committees where he has a notable record of legislative accomplishments.
Jerry is married to the former Wanda E. Gibson of Estill, SC and they have four children, and six grandchildren. He and his wife are members of the Historic Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Orangeburg where he is an Associate Minister. Today, Jerry wants to continue to serve as your "Advocate in Chief" of the South Carolina State Department of Education to rebuild trust in our public school system and take the politics out of education.