Dr. Keith L. Clark is an advocate for
public education. Locally, he has served as president, vice president, and legislative representative for the board of Central Valley School District. A
member of WSSDA since 2007, he has served on the Nominating Committee and the
FRN committee. Annually he attends the NSBA conference and regularly meets with
members of the U.S. Congress, Senate as well as state and local elected
representatives. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of
Idaho and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Dr.
Clark has owned and operated a veterinary hospital in the Spokane Valley since
1995. He and his wife are the proud parents of 7 children who have all attended
public schools. Their youngest is currently in the 10th grade in the Central
Valley School District. This makes him not only an advocate, but an
experienced consumer of public education. Read more...
Dr. Clark has stated, “Our future and more importantly the future of our students is characterized by freer movement of information, people, and businesses across national borders, and marked by the emergence of the virtual world. In this new future, we will need more diverse talents rather that standardized laborers, more creative individuals rather than homogenized test takers, and more entrepreneurs rather than obedient employees. Furthermore, this new future requires all citizens to think globally, to understand other cultures, to have the ability to interact with others, and to competently handle changes and complexity.
Education will need to change and adapt to the needs of this rapidly changing world if we are going to ensure that our children and students are prepared for their future roles as the scientists, entrepreneurs, doctors, parents, and leaders. Parents and families are becoming increasingly more informed and educated shoppers of education for their children. We as elected educational leaders are entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that education is keeping pace with the needs and expectations of our consumers.
Our association needs to make sure that public schools lead the education reform movement. WSSDA is positioned to advocate this vision and student needs to our state and federal decision makers. We can either lead the way or find ourselves trying to catch up. If we, public education, do not lead those reforms we could find ourselves battling charter and voucher programs as our consumer families seek the education options they desire for the future of their children.
This is a challenging, but exciting time to be involved in education. As your vice president, I look forward to ensuring that you are provided the support and tools to bring the future of education to your local students. I look forward to working together to ensure that the future of public education is bright.”