Rainier School Board Director Cherie Davis takes her oath shortly before the board begins conducting business on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Cherie Davis, a vocational specialist who has lived in Rainier for more than 18 years, was sworn in to a vacant school board position during a monthly school board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19. She now represents families residing in Rainier School District No. 4.

Her predecessor, Kathi Jo Moore, submitted her resignation in December, saying that her decision to leave the board was to allow a new representative to come in.

Like Jo Moore, who served on the board for about 10 years, Davis is also serving on the board to play a bigger role in her child’s life and to make a contribution to the community, she said.

"I love the small community. People get to know each other and they support each other's welfare,” said Davis, 48.

Rainier School District put out a notice shortly after Jo Moore’s last school board meeting. Applications were reviewed by the board during an executive session on Jan. 22, with the board later conducting interviews with interested candidates.

Davis participated with the Nisqually Valley News in a small question and answer session, which is printed below.

Q&A With Director Davis

Name: Cherie Davis

Age: 48

Occupation: Service Specialist

Education: Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Saint Martin's University; Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Washington State University; North Thurston High School graduate.

Other elected offices held: None

Years lived in Rainier: 18 years

Originally from: Lacey

Favorite thing about the area?: "I love the small community. People get to know each other and they support each other's welfare."

Volunteer/community involvement: Rainier Lions Club, Boosters Club and Rainier Education Foundation.

Reasons why you want to serve on the school board: "I was really interested in the opportunity to contribute and represent the community. And also getting involved in my kid's education.”

In your view, what is the most important part of a student's education?: “Said broadly, the different avenues students have to explore their own interests and formulate ideas about what they'd like to do after high school.”

What are you hoping to accomplish during your tenure?: "I would just like to be an asset to the school district and be a resource to the community."

Finish this sentence: “The world would be a better place if...” "We all look out for each other a little more."

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