Board of Education

Linda Fisher, Chairman, School Board Position 1

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Linda Fisher and her husband, Scott, have been residents of Germantown since 2001. They have two children, Lauren and Nathan, both who graduated from Germantown schools. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. After graduating, she worked in hospital advertising and marketing.

Linda has been actively involved in the schools as a parent, volunteer and employee. In addition to volunteering in the schools, she is a two-time past PTSA president and board member of the legacy Shelby County Schools PTA. Linda was as an employee of the legacy Shelby County Schools system as a substitute teacher and payroll clerk.

She has been involved in the community since moving to Germantown. Linda has served as secretary, clubhouse manager and president of the Grove Park Neighborhood Homeowner Association. She also serves on the Germantown Education Commission, New Neighbor Tennis Board and the Farm Park Advisory Board. As a member of Delta Gamma, she also has serves as president of the University of Memphis Delta Gamma House Corporation Board, where she has worked with the university in building townhouses for the sororities. Linda and her husband are members of Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Betsy Landers, School Board Position 2

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Landers comes to our district equipped with a very impressive resume. Her tenure as the President of the National PTA was preceded by several years of service to children in Germantown, Shelby County, the State of Tennessee –and lastly, the entire nation.

From the moment she joined her first PTA in 1989, Landers’ dedication to education has been unwavering. When she encountered challenges with her first PTA experience, she stayed with the group to ensure future volunteers had a better experience. Twice she helped form a parent organization at schools her children attended when there was an absence of an organization. She took on increasing responsibilities for Shelby County Council PTA, and the Tennessee PTA. Her goal was to help foster a widespread culture of excellence throughout the county and the state.

As Tennessee PTA State President, Landers led the organization in collaborating with the State Board of Education and several legislators to write what would become the Parent Involvement Act, a Tennessee law that mandates all school districts to have a written parent involvement policy. In 2002, was named one of the "50 Women Who Make a Difference" by Memphis Women’s Magazine, and in 2004, she was honored with the Shelby County Schools Board of Education Community Service Award.

Most recently, she has occupied the pro bono position of “Parliamentarian” for our current GMSD School Board. As Parliamentarian, Landers oversaw the use of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (a code of conduct for the business of board meetings) and assisting the board chair to resolve conflicts during the meeting if any were to arise. Her experience in board proceedings comes from a long list of board positions and affiliations she’s held—ranging from the National Emergency Medical Services to Children, to the Coalition for Tennessee’s Future.

In addition to a strong belief in parent involvement, Landers has a special devotion to children’s safety. She has dedicated time to the National Emergency Medical Services to Children (EMSC) Partnership for Children Stakeholder Group, the Tennessee EMSC Foundation, the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Care, and the Trauma Care Advisory Committee of Tennessee.
 
She and her husband Ben G. Landers have three children—Benton (Courtney), Nicholas, and Mary Frances (Martin), and one grandson, Tripp. They live in Germantown, Tennessee.

Suzanne Jones, School Board Position 3

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Suzanne, her husband, and their three sons call Germantown home. Her three sons attend GMSD schools and are 14, 12 and 10. Suzanne has 20 years of business experience beginning as a CPA at Price Waterhouse and ending as a Senior Vice President of Bank of America.

Her key accomplishments while at Bank of America include; consolidation of Bank of America and NationsBank Securitization group, publication of the first full Annual Report for the Bank in over 4 years, led the restructuring of the Allowance for Loan Losses function and implemented new accounting processes to improve the overall Allowance process, and increased sales in the National Group Banking year over year, driving a higher percentage of total New Deposits.

In 2008, Suzanne hit pause on her career and over the past 8 years she has been active in her sons’ school PTAs, an advocate with school administration, a leader in her HOA, active in her church (GUMC) and active in the Germantown Baseball League (GBL), Germantown Basketball League, and Germantown Football League (GFL). Suzanne is currently the Vice President of the Dogwood Elementary PTA, an active member of the Houston Middle and Houston High School PTAs and is currently the Treasurer of the Highlands Homeowners Association.

“When we moved to this area, our family was quickly directed to Germantown due to its excellent school system,” said Jones in an interview. “I’m excited to become involved in the district, helping to make it even better.”

Lisa Parker, Vice Chairman, School Board Position 4

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Lisa has been a resident of Germantown since 1986. Born and raised in Memphis, she attended East High School and Memphis State University. Lisa has two married sons and three grandchildren who live in Germantown. She is committed to the Germantown Board of Education and works hard to advocate for its students.

Lisa was elected Germantown Alderman and served two terms from 1990 to 1998. After serving in public office, she continued volunteering on city commissions from 1999 to 2010. PTA president for two years at Riverdale School, Lisa was presented with the Honorary Life Member Award from the Tennessee PTA. In addition, she worked for the U.S. Department of Education Drug Free Schools Recognition Program for two years and also served as a Shelby County Schools substitute teacher. As a member of Tennessee School Board Association, she has achieved Level II status and continues to volunteer for other positions within the TSBA organization.

For the past seven years, Lias has been active in her homeowner's association, Kimbrough Park. She has served as the HOA president for four years. She is a sixth year Docent at the Memphis Zoo, a 22 year volunteer at the St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament, a member of the Delta Gamma alumni, and a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church. Her hobbies include golf, fishing, snow skiing and "chairing" in the Spring River in Hardy, Arkansas.

Amy Eoff, School Board Position 5

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Amy and her husband, Edward, were raised in Germantown where she began to recognize her passion for education at an early age.

At a young age Amy was recognized as an education powerhouse. She was selected for the first Governor’s School for prospective teachers, and upon graduation immediately chose to pursue her talents at UT Knoxville. Amy began her teaching career as a Family Studies teacher for 7th and 8th graders in Baltimore County, Maryland. Amy also pursued her passion by working to improve the nursery at her church.

Upon returning to Germantown to be closer to family, Amy enrolled her three children (Anna, Adam and Alex) in our GMSD schools. Early on, she was very active in her children's classrooms and in the schools' PTAs including serving as room parent, grade captain, membership chair, room parent chair, and PTA president. In 2015, Amy was awarded the Tennessee PTA Life Achievement Award for her dedication and work towards the school community.

Amy also maintains a full roster of services to local area churches. Her impressive list of volunteer positions includes being a member of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council, serving as deacon, adult Sunday School teacher and director, Mission Friends (preschool) teacher, Missions Committee Chairperson, WMU circle leader, and small group leader. Her family currently attends Germantown Presbyterian Church.

Amy feels fortunate to raise her children in Germantown not far from where she grew up. Her passion for education, love for her community, experience as a teacher, PTA leader, and a parent has driven her to strive for positive changes within the Germantown Municipal School District. “Mostly, I’m excited to imagine new possibilities for ALL of our children,” Amy shared during an interview. “It’s important to always seek out ways for improvement in the opportunities we are providing them.”
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