By Carol A. Clark
White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.
“I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that,” Williams said. “I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community.”
Williams, 51, served on the District Parent Council last year and on the District Gifted Advisory Committee for the past two years. He also served on the Academic Achievement subgroup of the Strategic Planning Committee last year.
“I’ve also been sitting in on the School Bond Committee meetings and trying to help with that, so I have been developing a good understanding of the academic programs and capital projects that are going on at the district level,” Williams said.
His experience also includes involvement on the Chamisa Advisory Team the last two years and classroom volunteer work at Chamisa for seven years.
“I’ve participated in more science nights, science fairs and school carnivals than I really care to think about,” Williams said. “I’m also Cubmaster for Pack 20, the Cub Scout group chartered by the Chamisa PTO, so I know nearly all of the staff and quite a few of the children and their parents at Chamisa. I stay pretty well connected and that’s going to help me once I’m on the board.”
Williams’ ties to Los Alamos run deep in that both of his children, Wayne, 8 and Sonyia, 12, were born at Los Alamos Medical Center and attend Chamisa Elementary School.
“My daughter is quite active. She’s been in pretty much every activity and organization that Chamisa offers to the students,” he said, adding that he and wife Lian were married in the old local courthouse nearly 14 years ago.
Williams is a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in the remnants of the old X Division.
Editor’s note: Residents interested in running for a seat on either the Los Alamos School Board or the UNM-LA Advisory Board must file their candidacy between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 in the Office of the County Clerk, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D, in order to have their name printed on the ballot in time for the Feb. 5 elections.