Daniel Holder is announcing his candidacy for school board member of the 4th District, which includes the Courthouse, Siam, East Side and National Guard Armory Precincts.
Holder is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in Industrial Technology and a master’s degree in Educational Administration. He is a previous educator having served as a teacher, principal and coach in the Carter County School System. While obtaining his master’s degree, he was a team member for the Teacher Corps.
After leaving the educational sector, he and his partner established Cline Holder Wholesale Electrical Supply where he currently works. He and his family are members of Hunter United Methodist Church where he is a Sunday School teacher. Holder currently sits on the Electrical Board of Tennessee Technology Center.
Both Holder and his wife have been involved in fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital for a number of years.
Holder is married to the former Nyoka Williams. They have a son, Nick, along with Michelle and Michael, Nyoka’s twin brother and sister whom they raised after the death of their mother and father when they were young.
Holder’s goal is to see the county have top quality schools, teachers and, most of all, a quality education for each student. He has strived to attain this by attending workshops, keeping up with state laws regarding school policy and attending county commission meetings when the school system is involved.
Holder is very passionate about the future of the school system. “We are presently pursuing a joint venture with Elizabethton City Schools and the Tennessee Technology Center to combine our vocational education and career technology education facilities into the existing Tennessee Technology Center after they move to their new location presently under construction. This will provide a broader range of vocational programs to be offered to students, especially in the medical field. We are blessed in the Tri-Cities to have an abundance of medical related job opportunities,” Holder said.
“As we go forward in our educational system, we need to find ways to operate at a most efficient level, while maintaining a high quality of instruction to our students. At the present level of our economy, we need to be careful not to put a financial burden on the citizens of our county as we are faced with loss of income and loss of jobs. When the economy recovers to the point that we can pursue construction of new facilities, we must keep the education of our students as the number one priority while remembering that schools and churches are the lifeblood of a community. We must be ever mindful that a community school brings quality of life to a community, not only for the years that one attends those schools, but for a lifetime,” Holder noted.
If elected, Holder said he will continue to work diligently to the best of his ability to make our schools a safe place and a place where students can receive the highest quality of education.