Katherine Fansler

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Katherine Fansler
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Former candidate for
Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Katherine Fansler was a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. Fansler, Elisabeth Motsinger and German D. Garcia faced three Republican candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014. Katherine Fansler lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Fansler worked as a first-grade teacher in the district for a decade. She currently homeschools her two grandchildren. Fansler and her husband, Craig, have three children who attended district schools.[1]



See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Katherine Fansler advanced from the May 6, 2014, Democratic primary against Elisabeth Motsinger, German D. Garcia, Donald Dunn and Suzanne Carroll. Fansler, Motsinger and Garcia faced Republican candidates Mark Johnson, John M. Davenport Jr. and Robert Barr in the November 4, 2014, general election.


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger Incumbent 18.4% 52,582
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Barr 17.1% 48,789
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Johnson 16.9% 48,418
     Democratic Katherine Fansler 16.8% 48,115
     Republican John M. Davenport Jr. Incumbent 16.5% 47,125
     Democratic German D. Garcia 14.2% 40,636
Total Votes 285,665
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 30, 2014
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger Incumbent 33% 11,233
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Fansler 22.2% 7,561
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerman D. Garcia 17.7% 6,038
     Democratic Suzanne Carroll 14.5% 4,918
     Democratic Donald Dunn 12.6% 4,278
Total Votes 34,028
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014


Fansler reported $99.00 in contributions and $99.00 in expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with no cash on hand as of April 30, 2014.[2]


Fansler received the endorsement of the Winston-Salem Journal for the primary.[3] She and German D. Garcia (D) received a joint recommendation for the third at-large seat in the general election from the paper.[4]

Campaign themes


Fansler listed her themes for the 2014 campaign on her campaign website:

School choice

I believe that every child in the county deserves -- has a right to -- a world-class education, and I believe that we can provide that for children. We must. Our futures depend upon it. If we set our priorities in such a way that this mission is truly foremost, then we will be able to achieve it.

If every child in this community has access to a world-class education, then it won't matter where they go. Choice becomes an irrelevant issue, as it should be.[5]

—Katherine Fansler's campaign website, (2014) [6]

Role of teachers in district policy

I believe that every single child in this community must have the very best education possible, and I believe that the teacher makes the difference for kids in the classroom. However, our experienced and effective teachers are leaving the profession in droves -- at least in part because of declining pay and the lack of professional regard by policy makers. School leaders are making decisions based on what many consider to be sound research, but the implementation of these efforts ignores the reality of the classroom and, in so doing, has failed to create truly healthy and productive learning environments for children.

As a School Board member, I will add a valuable perspective to the collective conversation about how to help our schools become safe and caring communities that empower children, foster tolerance, and grow life-long learners. From my experience in the classroom, I know first-hand how policymakers’ decisions, however well intentioned – all too often prove disastrous when implemented in the classroom. As a result, our schools and classrooms have become battlegrounds for politicians and policymakers, and the casualties are our children and teachers.

Teachers must have a voice in this conversation, because teachers make the difference for children in the classroom every single day. As a member of the School Board, I will advocate for appropriate professional pay and improved working conditions for teachers, staff, and principals. I will advocate for those who must, themselves, advocate for the students in their classrooms every day. I will make sure that decisions are made with an awareness of how those policies will actually work – or not work – in the classroom.[5]

—Katherine Fansler's campaign website, (2014) [6]

Teacher pay

Teachers are some of the most important persons in a child's life. Research shows that the more experience a teacher has, the more effective the teacher will be. In order to retain high quality teachers, they need to be paid at a rate that is at least average, if not above average. Their pay needs to reflect the value that experience brings to their classroom instruction.[5]

—Katherine Fansler's campaign website, (2014) [6]

About the district

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents.[7] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[9]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[10]

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