Blog: Get to know new board member Patty Truex

This past November, Circleville High School Alum (Class of 1973) Patty Truex was named to the Circleville City School District Board of Education taking seat in January.

For Truex and her family, ties to the Tiger Community run deep in the Circleville City Schools school system (Husband Dave – Class of 1973, daughter Jada – Class of 2000, son Mitch – Class of 2003, and daughter Jill – Class of 2008). When considering running for the same school board and school system that has given her family so much, it was a love for education that motivated her to run for one of two open board seats this year.

“I love kids, I love education, and I love Circleville,” said Truex. “I had a former student nudge me along [to run as well] and when I became aware that I may be the only female candidate who was running for the board, I felt that I could not let that happen for the girls in Circleville and for the women of the community. Not that I want to make that a big deal, but without [female leadership anywhere] it becomes a big deal in its absence.”

As a former middle school teacher of 35 years with the Teays Valley Local School District, Truex points to values her parents, Ralph (Class of 1943) and Rosemary Ankrom, instilled in her at a young age that started a lifelong passion for education. The Ankrom extended family includes three siblings, Joyce, John, and Betsy who also are Circleville graduates

“I value education because [mom and dad] valued education,” said Truex. “They were both just service-oriented people and community oriented people. Dad loved the friendships he had in the community and he couldn’t find ways to serve enough – that was the kind of person he was. Mom was always a big supporter in the background of all of us.”

Truex (left) pictured with her dad Ralph (right).

Beyond her experience instructing the next generation, Truex’s resolve to dive in where her school community needed her has always been at the forefront of her community work – having previously served in Parent-Teacher Organizations, volunteering with levy committees, serving on the Circleville High School Alumni Association (a member since 2005), scoring for the CHS softball team, volunteering with the local Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, and previously volunteering with the Circleville City School Foundation (8 years).

Truex holds a B.A. in Education and M.S. in Elementary Education both from The Ohio State University. She and her husband Dave are lifelong Circleville residents where they reside supporting their schools and five grandkids. Outside of time with family, Truex is very prideful of her morning walking club with close friends and she regularly volunteers at Trinity Lutheran Church in a variety of roles.

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She and her husband Dave are proud grandparents of five grandkids (Joseph – age 9, Jerrah – age 4, Abbey – age 2, Jaylah – 1, and Logan – 7 mos).