Chester Seeks Second Term for School Board

by Wendy Woodrick
Photo provided by Winston Chester Campaign Photo provided by Winston Chester Campaign

PANAMA CITY, FL – Winston Chester will announce that he is seeking a second term on the Bay County School Board for District 4. He has filed paperwork at the Supervisor of Elections office. The announcement will be Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Miller Marine, 7141 Grassy Point Road, in Southport.

Chester is a retired coach and teacher, serving 44 years in the Bay County School District. He taught and coached at Rutherford High School from 1971 to 1974. He began teaching and coaching at Mosley High School in 1974 and retired in 2016.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Florida, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University.

He also researched and authored the award winning book, Full Box! 100 years of fishing and boat building history in Bay County.

Coach Chester received the Teacher of the Year award for Mosley High School and was a finalist in the top five county wide in 2016. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Rutherford, then moved to Mosley in 1974. In his 40+ years of teaching at Mosley, he was department head, club sponsor, served on various committees, and also coached football, baseball, basketball and track. In 1993 he developed the Outdoor Education program, which is still thriving today and is now in five other school districts in Florida. Through the program, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to local students.

Chester stated, “I didn’t realize it at the time, but the years I spent in the classroom have given me a great insight into what is needed to make Bay County education great…engaging lessons, teachers who are supported, students who are challenged and loved, and parents who are included. We must continue to stress school safety, be responsible to our citizens and taxpayers, and strive to have the best educational system in the state, including a vigorous emphasis on vocational/technical training.”

The election for school board will be held on August 20, 2024.