Shelby County Board of Education, Place 1
Ramona Piland Rice
Date of birth: March 7, 1964; age 51
Political experience: This is Rice’s first run for political office.
Professional experience: Senior creative manager and designer, DST Health Solutions, October 2013- present; creative manager and designer, Oakstone Publishing, March 2000-Oct. 2013; creative manager and designer, University of Southern Mississippi, April 1990-March 2000.
Civic experience: Decoding Dyslexia Alabama, State Founder, January 2013-present; Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council, May 2015-present; Alabama Reading Association, chairman-Legislative Committee, November 2015-present; Pelham High School Band Boosters; Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama; Ad Federation of South Mississippi; Council for Advancement and Support of Education; University & College Designers Association.
Education: The University of Southern Mississippi, bachelor’s, 1989.
Top contributors: None reported.
Main issues: An education area that needs to evolve is the inclusion of the voice of parents, teachers and students, or what Rice refers to as the “Voice That Matters.” School boards must embrace that the success of a school system should incorporate this voice. It should be used as guidance in developing a framework that allows every child to be successful. Officials should request and acknowledge this feedback. She has advocated for appropriate education for all children in Alabama.