This past November 7th, Andrea L. Tipping was elected to serve on the Circleville City School District Board of Education in a seat vacated by devout, 11-year board member Dan Bradhurst who did not seek reelection.
In an effort to familiarize our community with Mrs. Tipping and her background, the district provided her with an informal Q & A where she elaborated on her family, passions, and all things Tiger Pride.
As a Circleville resident and graduate what does it mean to you to return to the district as a member of the school board?
“Being a member of the school board means a lot to me. Circleville is where I was raised, where I graduated, and where I have raised my children. My father was a school administrator and to now be able to contribute to a school system such as he did brings a lot of pride. I believe in being an active participant in my community and I want to be a part of strengthening and enriching the academic experience of our students.”
What does Tiger Pride mean to you?
“Tiger Pride is in my blood. I started attending CHS events at the age of 5 where I can vividly recall watching football and basketball games, the volleyball team going to the state playoffs, and reading about how the In The Know team did at their competitions. Once I started getting involved in extracurriculars, I wanted to make my team and school proud of the work we did. To me, Tiger pride is the feeling we have in our hearts that make us want to do our best for our students, our school and our community.”
Aside from all things Circleville City, what else occupies your time?
“Outside of Circleville City Schools, I enjoy teaching my cardio strength class. Helping people embrace a healthy lifestyles through exercise and watching them make progress is something I thoroughly enjoy. My day job: I have worked for Northwoods Consulting Partners for the last 10 years. My family and I enjoy vacationing at the Outer Banks each summer.
My family: my very supportive husband, Greg. I have two children: Quinton 22, works for the City of Circleville and serves in the US Army; Whitley 16, is a sophomore at CHS. I have two stepsons, who attend Evergreen High School, Augie (16) and Anderson(14). And I have two adorable and crazy dogs – Charlotte and Molly (pictured below).”
As an elected board member you are a leader within the community, what does leadership mean to you?
“I believe in everyday leadership. Everyday leadership is not about one big presentation, one big meeting or one big event, it is about how we bring people together in all occasions, making people part of the process, finding out people’s’ strengths and helping them contribute to the team. Leadership is how we act ever moment of everyday and we should all strive to lead by example.”
If there is one thing I would like our Tiger families to know about me, it is……..
“I am proud to be a part of this great community and I believe our future is bright. I am not an educator but I want to support those who are and do a wonderful job. ”
Why did you decide to run for the school board?
“It is easy to be an armchair quarterback, to denounce deficiencies, to be opinionated about the school system and be vocal in those opinions, but the school is a very complex system, there are many challenges and constraints that most people do not see. I ran because I want to fully understand the school system, its challenges and opportunities and be a part of steering the course, hopefully for the better.”
What does it mean to you for your community to elect you to the school board?
“I am incredibly humbled by the faith and trust the community has placed in me. When the results were announced I was elated of course, but I was also very conscious of the responsibility I now have to the community and I am determined to fulfill those responsibilities to the best of my ability.”
Tipping is set to take office January 1, 2018, is a Circleville High School (CHS) alumni, and a lifelong resident of the city the district proudly calls home.