LUMBERTON — The field of candidates for the District 3 seat on the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education grew on Monday with the addition of a longtime educator.
Peggy Wilkins Chavis, of Saddletree, joins incumbent Severio Kerns and Brenda L. Locklear in the non-partisan contest to be decided during the May 6 primary. Chavis taught school in Columbus and Robeson counties for 38 years.
“Our children should come first because they are our future leaders of tomorrow. Together we shall overcome,” Chavis said in a statement. “… I enjoy going those extra miles helping other people. I am not afraid of challenges and enjoy talking and working with people.”
Chavis graduated from Magnolia High School, earned a bachelor of arts degree in Education from Pembroke State University and a degree in Special Education from East Carolina University.
Chavis taught in Columbus County schools for six years before coming to Magnolia Elementary School in Robeson County, where she was a teacher for 12 years. While at Magnolia, she was named the school district’s Teacher of the Year.
For more than 14 years, Chavis served as Robeson County’s “homebound teacher,” a program Chavis says she started in Robeson County in 1988.
Chavis also taught adult high school for Robeson Community College for eight years.
After her retirement in 2002, Chavis continued to teach another eight years at Robeson County elementary schools including Rex Rennert, St. Pauls, Janie Hargrove and W.H. Knuckles.
Chavis is now the owner of Chavis Insurance Agency in Saddletree, as well as the owner of Mary’s Cafe in Saddletree. For 27 years she owned and managed J.R.’s Mobile Home Park.
Chavis served as the first vice chairwoman of the Robeson County Democratic Party, is a former member of the board of directors for the Robeson County Department of Social Services, and served on the board of directors for the Robeson County Cooperative Extension Service. She also has been a co-captain for the Saddletree Community Watch and coordinator for the Saddletree community March of Dimes.
The filing period ends on Friday at noon.