I have devoted my life's work to educating the next generation. In addition to raising our five children, I have experience at every level of education from the classroom to administration to college-level classes. I was honored to serve two terms as your Superintendent and look forward to serving again.
With the current Covid-19 crisis we are currently facing, it is difficult to get out and meet with members of our community. I hope this information helps you get a better sense of who I am and why I believe I am the strongest candidate in this race.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss specific issues with me, please do not hesitate to contact me or you can call me directly at (904) 622-6164. Thank you for taking the time to visit my campaign and for your consideration.
Ann and her husband Eddie have shared a lifetime together and have traveled around the world with the military. Eddie proudly served in the United States Air Force and during his distinguished career, they were stationed overseas in both England and Turkey for several years. They are the proud parents of five children who have all grown into successful adults active in the community.
From the very beginning Ann knew she wanted to devote her life to education. Her first teaching job was in Pre-K with the Air Force while they were stationed overseas. After they returned to the states, Ann taught English at Lakeside Junior High School where she served as the Department Head and also ran the Reading Lab. More recently, Ann has taught at the college level where she specializes in school administration and education courses for students pursuing their Master's degree. Ann has also served as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools working in curriculum and has her Doctorate in Education.
While still teaching at Lakeside Junior High School, Ann Wiggins was called to service by her friends and fellow teachers. Following a heated campaign, Ann Wiggins was elected as Clay County's first female Superintendent. Ann also holds the distinction of being the first Republican elected Superintendent in Clay County. Ann ultimately served two terms as Clay County's Superintendent of Schools from 1984-1992. Under her leadership, Clay County teachers and support employees received multiple pay increases and Superintendent Wiggins always made sure employees had a contract in place prior to the start of the school year every year. As Superintendent, Ann created Clay County's first Career and Technical Education (CTE) academy, opened the Bannerman Learning Center as an alternative education program, and founded the Clay County Education Foundation which is still active today as the school district's non-profit fundraising organization.
Ann cares deeply about her community and has instilled a sense of community involvement in all of her children. Ann is an active member at St. Luke's Catholic Church where her family attends and she previously served as President of the Church Council. Ann and Eddie are both active in the Clay County VFW and the Vietnam Veterans Association. Ann is also active in a number of different community organizations. She is a former President of the Middleburg Rotary Club. Ann previously served on the Clay County Advisory Council for the Boy Scouts, the Northeast Florida Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts, and was a volunteer with Quigley House.
Ann is a proud Republican and has been for her entire life. While all candidates running for Superintendent of Schools are running as Republicans, Ann is a respected local leader within the Republican Party and has been a registered Republican longer than any other candidate in the race. Ann currently serves as President of the South Clay Republican Club. In 2018, Ann was elected Vice-President of the Clay County Republican Executive Committee, a post she held until just recently. Ann is also an active member of the Federated Republican Women of Clay, where she previously served on the Executive Board.