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"The only thing that outweighs Mrs. Baggett's impeccable teaching ability is her genuine care for the students she is teaching. I look forward to voting for someone who is beyond qualified to fill this role."

-Gabe Smith

"Tommy and I are So proud of you Peggy Baggett for taking a stand for education in Decatur. We're behind you 100%."

-Martha and Tommy Sharp

"Peggy is a wonderful, caring for others woman I know!! I'm so proud she's in my family!! She's the best!! Love my sister-in-law!!"

-Tammy Sullivan

"Charlotte and I have known Peggy for over 25 years. She has always had her passion for excellence for public education. I have had many opportunities to work with her in team situations, and it has always been a cooperative and healthy experience. We are excited that Peggy has offered her energy and knowledge to serve on our city Board of Education."

-Ray and Charlotte Cox

"Mrs. Baggett was a wonderful teacher! She will be an absolute asset to the DCS board."

-Melissa Mills

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“Mrs. Baggett has been one of the most profound influences in my life. From Children's Choir at Southside Baptist to three years in her English classes at Austin, Mrs. Peggy's wisdom and character has shaped me into the young man that I am today. She showed true devotion, investment, and passion in the classroom and at the Church. She will show even more devotion, investment, and passion as a School Board member. She has spent her career in the school system, and as such, is all the more fit for a governance position in that school system. At a time when much work is to be done in the school system, she is the right candidate for the job.”

"I had the opportunity to be one of Mrs. Baggett's students twice. She encouraged my love for English literature and inspired me to become an English teacher. Decatur is a city truly blessed to have her run for office."

-Andrew Jett

-Erica Cain Tucker

Former Student or Co-worker

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"To (B)aggett or Not to (B)aggett, that is the question, as Shakespeare once stated. Mrs. Baggett is well qualified to continue being a servant leader for the Decatur community on your local school board, as she was once my AP English IV teacher in Mississippi Public Schools in 1989! Great person, great family, and one of my favorite teachers of all time, as she truly cares for others!"

"An experienced educator--I can attest to that! Mrs. Baggett, I can still recite the prologue of The Canterbury Tales."

-Dr. Howard Bartee, Jr.

-Alicia Beeman Mason

Former Student or Co-worker

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"Wow! You would surely have my vote, if I lived there! As I have Always told everyone I had several Favorite teachers, but MRS. Peggy Baggett is my all time favorite! You encouraged me so much in my writing ..grading my essays, with comments such as GREAT JOB..LOVE THIS. .that meant so much..I always saw Christ in you! You are a beautiful lady, inside and out..I truly never forget the HUGE IMPACT YOU had on my life!!..I went on to write poems and songs, and some of that was gifts from God..BUT you were that encouragement and the one who made me see what I was capable of! I love you and wish you the very best !!

PLEASE DON'T GRADE MY GRAMMAR!! =) =)"

-Tina Avera McCoy

Former Student or Co-worker

"Peggy is a great person who truly cares for others. She has outstanding leadership skills and a passion for public education. Peggy would definitely be an asset to the Board of Education!!"

-Rachel Turner

Family or Friend

"Knowing the dedication of your daughter to the defense of law, order, and upholding our constitution rights, leads me to believe that without outstanding parenting she would not have become one of my examples of continued hope in our country.  Your husbands reputation for being a fair and upright man. Also based on your outstanding qualification, and as a also my love for the man my Fried Eli is growing into have lead me to make the following commitment:  I pledge you my support.  I endorse you and will help in your endeavor.  I trust you will be true and fight the good fight.   Good luck...we look forward to our tenure serving the citizens of our city. "

-David  Williams Retired US Army

Former Student or Co-worker

"Mrs. Baggett is an influential educator and the DCS Board will continue to reach new heights with her positive attitude and ability to relate with the needs and wants of students. I can think of no other person more deserving." or better for this position.

-Whitney Pacil

Former Student or Co-worker

"In addition to being a diligent, passionate teacher, Mrs. Baggett continually volunteered her time for the betterment of our community. I particularly remember the generous amount of time she contributed to "A Night in Maycomb" during the school year while balancing her multiple classes and never neglecting any of her many responsibilities. Not only was she a great teacher, she was and remains a friend to all her students. She genuinely cares about her students successes inside and outside of the classroom."

-Christina Hayden

Former Student or Co-worker

"Mrs. Baggett is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my school career. I learned more from her in the single semester I had her than in the previous eleven years. She has plenty of experience in the DCS system, and I trust she knows what she is doing."

-Chase Risner

Former Student or Co-worker

"Since leaving public office a few years ago, I have steadfastly declined to "officially endorse" local candidates, preferring to recall the wise counsel of former mayor Bill Dukes, my minister father, and others who cherished common ground yet correctly noted that anyone who has lived in the public arena will at times be asked to set aside neutrality and choose among friends, co-workers, church members, and acquaintances. This year is no exception. In light of that disclaimer, it was my privilege to serve as our city council's liaison to the local school board during a wonderful era of economic stability and growing civic awareness. Austin High School in particular was often praised for its innovative programs and creative faculty such as Peggy Baggett, our longtime family friend. To anyone who may not know her, I have no reservation whatsoever in affirming that Peggy is a highly qualified, extremely capable person. If elected, she will no doubt continue to be a dynamic and effective champion for Decatur City Schools."

-Mark Ray

Family or Friend

"Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote", the famed prologue to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", still floats easily through happy memories of my high school experience. Mrs. Baggett, as I referred to her then, required every student to recite this from memory. I can still remember sitting in a chair on the side of her desk and she simply saying, "Inspire me, Jason", as I was about to recall those most impressive words. This was a class like no other I had ever experienced at that time. Little did I know, she was truly preparing me for the "real" college experience that awaited beyond my high school graduation. How fortunate was I that to have such a skilled educator. Peggy Baggett possesses that rare combination of creative genius, consistency in execution, and passion for her craft. She embodies all traits of a true educator. I was not simply fortunate to have her as my English teacher, but truly blessed that she and her husband landed in Quitman, MS, where they invested in the lives of countless children and youth. Hundreds, if not thousands, were impacted by a strong, devoted, and challenging teacher. No one has ever been taught by Peggy, who applied themselves, and not been impacted positively. No one. I have known her for over thirty years and have loved and respected her not only as a teacher, but as a neighbor, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She has earned the right to move to a new level of leadership in education and she deserves the vote of all Decatur residents. Don't let this amazing opportunity to add such a positive influence and skilled communicator to the lives of the students at Decatur city schools."

-Jason Ivey

Former Student or Co-worker

"My sister and I both had the joy of being in Mrs. Baggett's English classes. I had her in 9th grade and again in 12th grade. In 9th grade, I was terrified because English class had been a cake walk before her, and she taught us soooo much! But when I got to be in her class again in 12th grade, I was overjoyed. She has such a passion for student learning that shined through in her rigorous English classes, and she will be able to serve students even more on the DCS Board. I can't wait."

-Jordan Lowery

Former Student or Co-worker

"Peggy is the consummate professional and leader. Though that is her strong suit, it is far surpassed by her duty to God first and servanthood second. From helping to coordinate the festivities for the 50th year celebration at Austin High School to being instrumental to the hiring of over 30 students at the new McDonald's on the Beltline, she tirelessly and enthusiastically supported and represented the students and faculty at AHS. She gives her 100% to everything her hands and heart touch. Her experience and love for education make her the best candidate for this position."

-Robin Clay

Former Student or Co-worker

"No teacher I have ever had has better prepared me for my future, in and out of the classroom than Peggy Baggett- and I am very far from alone in that opinion. Having witnessed her dedication, energy, and good humor as an educator, I look forward to everything she will accomplish for our schools as a school board member. She has my admiration as a former student, and my full confidence as a citizen who cares about the future of education in our city.."

-Patrick Harris

Former Student or Co-worker

"I had the pleasure of working with Peggy Baggett at Austin High School, where she served as head of our English Department. As a school leader, she was intelligent, organized, and fearless. As a human being, she is a compassionate, kind, and Christlike force, who has made a difference in the lives of countless young people. Her love of education, her concern for students and her loyalty to the community and to Decatur City Schools make her an ideal candidate for the Decatur City Board of Education."

-Lori Garner

Former Student or Co-worker

"I have known Peggy Baggett for many years. She is a dedicated educator who would bring her many years of classroom experience to the board of education. She understands what students and educators deal with on a daily basis. This fresh perspective is needed on the school board and this perspective has been missing for many years. Peggy is dedicated to education and to our community. She is a leader who could help our schools. I am proud to call her my friend and hope that you would consider voting for her for school board."

-Mitch Dees

Family or Friend

"Mrs. Baggett was a teacher who held her students to their very best. She always encouraged us strive for great things in and out of the classroom. The passion Mrs. Baggett brings to education would be an amazing addition to the DCS board. I have no doubt she will bring the same encouragement and strive for excellence she had as a teacher to the DCS board. Decatur City Schools would be extremely blessed to have this amazing woman."

-Alyssa Brown

Former Student or Co-worker

"Mrs. Baggett will always be one of my favorite teachers. It wasn't because of what she taught me or how hard she pushed us in the classroom; but her attitude while doing it. I have always believed, if you truly love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. It was obvious Mrs. Baggett truly loved being in the classroom and that she was there to make a difference in the lives of her students. That's what will always stick out to me. I have no doubt her passion for education has been and will be a life long commitment. I can't wait to see her continue to serve Decatur City Schools in a new role."

-Katie Gilhooly

Former Student or Co-worker

"Peggy is a true gift to our community and to Decatur City Schools and will be an asset to the School Board. She will bring her passion, enthusiasm, and excellence to this position just as she does to everything in which she is involved. She and her family are special to me and I am proud to have known them for over 20 years!"

-Penny Wood

Family or Friend

"There is so much that I could say about Mrs. Peggy Baggett! As a tenth grader, I was initially intimidated by my new English teacher. Little did I know that she would leave such a lasting impact on me! The standard that Mrs. Baggett held my classmates and I to made college English courses nothing short of a breeze. Mrs. Baggett worked wonders in the classroom, and I am positive she will work wonders on the DCS board!"

 -Madison Keith

Former Student or Co-worker

As a senior in Peggy Baggett's Advanced Placement English class, I knew that I was sitting at the foot of a master teacher. She seemed to know everything about her subject, and she presented it with utmost confidence at a level that all students could understand and enjoy. She taught us in such a way that my classmates and I easily recognized that this teacher had a dedication to her job that was unparalleled: she actually cared about us learning what she was teaching. This level of caring and dedication made a deep impression on me. In the acknowledgments of my dissertation, I recognized Mrs. Baggett as one of the teachers who inspired me to become what I am today: a college composition and literature teacher. As I progressed through middle school and high school, I always felt that I wanted to become an English teacher. Having a teacher like Peggy Baggett sealed the deal for me. I knew what my calling was, and Mrs. Baggett inspired me to pursue my dreams. She is a phenomenal example of a person who is dedicated to the field of teaching. I have spent my career trying to uphold the standards that teachers like Mrs. Baggett set for me. When electing a school board member, a voter should seek out a candidate who has first-hand knowledge of academic excellence. Mrs. Baggett's level of excellence in the field of teaching makes her the perfect candidate for the Decatur School Board.

 -Dr. David C. Lowery

Former Student or Co-worker

"Mrs. Peggy Baggett is a perfect candidate for our Board of Education! I'm a teacher in Decatur City Schools and my son was in her class at Austin...she cares about children and their learning in a positive, structured, and loving environment. My son is in college now but Peggy is one of the teachers that he enjoyed, and he worked diligently for her. She will work hard and be a great asset to the Board!"

-Madhu Singh

Family or Friend

"Mrs. Baggett was the best English teacher I have ever had. She is very engaging and energetic. If there is a problem she does everything that she can to fix it. She would be an amazing asset to the DCS board!"

-LaMiah Hall

Family or Friend

"Mrs. Baggett was my 10th grade AP English teacher at Austin High School. Her teaching and guidance still has an influence on me today; not just in the classroom but in life as well! Mrs. Baggett enjoys teaching and her passion for education shines in everything she does. She is a perfect fit for the DCS board!"

-Madeline Whitmer

Former Student or Co-worker

I never considered myself a creative person. I am not musically inclined and not much of a dancer. Art class was not my forte. More than anything, I was not a creative writer. But that all changed when I enrolled in Mrs. Baggett's English class my sophomore year at AHS. She challenged me to become a better writer, thinker, and student overall. The activities and writings I did her in class allowed me to access that untapped creativity that I thought I didn't possess. I was fortunate enough to be in her class again my senior year and have her help me with my graduation speech. Her efforts to help me improve my speech and presentation skills were unparalleled. Once again, I felt that she wanted me to be the best person I could be. Mrs. Baggett has always been heavily invested in the success of her students, and I would not be the same student and person without her as a mentor. I am confident she will have that same passion and sincerity when she is elected to the DCS board.

 -Purav Doshi

Former Student or Co-worker

Paid for by the Team to Elect Peggy Baggett, P.O. Box 184, Decatur, AL 35602

UPDATED ON AUGUST 2016