When looking for a community in which to raise their three children, Mrs. Lisa Richmond and her husband, Tim, were drawn to the city of Jefferson largely because of the performance and reputation of the Jefferson City Schools. Mrs. Richmond has served as a member of the Jefferson City School System Board of Education for two years. Prior to her service as a member of the Board of Education, she spent many hours volunteering in classrooms, serving on the School Council, and assisting in the work of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Her motivation to serve as a board member is her commitment to maintaining a school system with excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, and technology.
While serving on the Board, Mrs. Richmond notes that the biggest changes in education have been the unexpected adjustment to social distancing, virtual learning, and the return to safe but essential face-to-face learning. She further states, “Our administration, teachers, and staff have accomplished a monumental feat. With very little notice, they have created a learning environment that addresses the social and emotional needs of students while keeping them as safe as possible from the threat of external forces.” One of the biggest educational challenges in the future, she believes, will be creating a balance between the use of advanced technologies and the importance of human interaction. Mrs. Richmond states, “We must develop systems to encourage the use of technology to enhance, rather than replace, human interactions.”
Mrs. Richmond is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She lives each day inspired by her motto which comes from Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” She and her husband have three sons, Jackson, Tate, and Garrett, all students in Jefferson City Schools. In her spare time, she most enjoys spending time with her precious family whether it’s hiking in the woods or cheering for her boys at their extracurricular activities.
Thank you, Mrs. Richmond, for your service as a board member and for your commitment to the students and the entire Jefferson community.