A Johns Creek resident has announced her campaign to become Georgia's next state school superintendent.
Sharyl Dawes on Wednesday launched her bid to become the Republican Party nominee for the statewide race. Dawes, a former chair of the Gwinnett County Republican Party, was born on Travis Air Force Base in California, as her father served as a major in the Korean War.
A fourth-generation teacher, Dawes earned a master's in business administration and spent 26 years as a corporate executive specializing in turning around projects which were not profitable or efficient.
The GOP primary will be held on May 20.
Dawes notes she's spent nearly 20 years as an active PTA member and served as the organization's legislative liasion to the Georgia General Assembly. Her local PTSA organization at Johns Creek High School was once recognized as the state's Most Outstanding High School PTSA.
“One of my great concerns for Georgia’s schools is the inability to adequately teach our children because of the language barrier of many students,” Dawes states in her press release. “I plan to implement an ‘English Only’ policy for classroom instruction. This is not intended to be punitive – it is intended to prepare Georgia’s students for the competitive job market of the future. I also want to keep classroom instruction from being slowed down due a student’s inability to understand English.”
Dawes lives in Johns Creek with her husband and they have two adult children. Son Michael attends Notre Dame Law School and daughter Danielle will be a freshman at Duke University in the fall.