Tanya Parrish Lane is one of the incumbents who is hopeful to be re-elected in May. Her name will appear next to the District 4 choices for Emanuel County Board of Education.
The 53-year-old is a native of Statesboro but moved to Canoochee in 2006 when she began working at nearby Beaver Creek Plantation.
Lane graduated from Statesboro High in 1986 and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing from Georgia Southern in 1991.
She entered the workforce as a high school student at the tax commissioner’s office in Bulloch County, then continued on to the nonprofit, hospitality, and cellular industries. For the last 10 years, however, Lane has been an active real estate agent.
She initially ran for a board of ed seat back in May 2018. She was elected to represent District 4 and would be sworn into office the following January.
“Having two children in the Emanuel County school system, I realize how important our schools are to our children and community. I wanted to be a part of ensuring the continued success of our schools,” she explained. When asked what accomplishment she’s most proud of in her tenure as a BOE member to date, Lane continued, “How the entire school system handled the COVID pandemic. All of our faculty and staff pulled together to figure out unconventional ways to provide a caring, compassionate, and learning environment for our students.”
Lane says she never had any doubt she would seek re-election.
“The thought of not running for this position did not cross my mind. I truly believe our school system is a strong system that has a lot to offer our students, and I want to continue to be a part of ensuring that our students’ needs are met.”
If re-elected, she hopes to help support the district’s teachers in response to growth.
“I really do not have any unfinished business. I believe our school system has done a good job of trying to meet the needs of our teachers and students,” Lane offered. “As our system continues to grow, we need to grow our teachers. The forecast of a teacher shortage is very real. I am encouraged that we are looking at ways to cultivate, elevate, and compensate individuals from within our system to fill the empty spots.”
Her overall message to voters? She will be a candidate that will advocate for those who work inside the schools.
“I want to make sure that our administration, teachers, and staff have the resources to continue to bring a safe and nurturing environment for our students. Our students are our number one priority and unfortunately, for some students, this is their safe place, their place for encouragement and nourishment.”
When asked to describe herself as a board member, Lane sees herself as someone accessible for both parents and school board employees alike. Further, she has an open ear for suggestions and input to make well-informed decisions at the board level.
Should anyone wish to speak with Lane about her campaign, here’s how to do it: email her at email@example.com, call or text her at 912-536-1454, send her a message on Facebook, or stop by her office at South Auction/Lane Storage in Swainsboro.
She is married to Rusty Lane, and they have three children, 22-year-old Morgan and 10-year-old twins Eli and Dicey. The family loves to travel and camp in their spare time as well as work with numerous volunteer organizations, most especially The Sunshine House.