Public Relations consultant and community advocate Crystal Kimpson Roberts filed Thursday for a seat on the Johnston County Board of Education.
“I’m offering my experience as a communications professional, my passion for education equality, and my respect for the profession of teaching to our voters who expect excellence from our school system,” said Roberts, who resides in Smithfield. “Our students need caring, competent teachers, who in turn have a critical need for support and assistance that will enable them to serve all students well.
“I also believe our school system’s process for recruiting and retaining master teachers should include an in-depth vetting process and continuous, relevant support for the teachers we hire. Further, we should tell our stories in order to garner increased financial and technical resources for our teachers.”
As the mother of three sons — two of whom are graduates of Johnston County Schools and one who is a junior at Smithfield-Selma High School — and as the product of a long line of educators, Roberts says she has insight into the value of a good education. The Hampton University graduate is a former daily newspaper reporter and is now owner and principal of Mountaintop Productions Public Relations consulting firm. She served as the Public Information Officer for the Johnston County Schools for eight years.