Candidate: Monique Tookes

Office: School Board Dist 6

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 37892
Jacksonville, FL - 32236
904-712-9645
Candidate's Statement

Authentic, driven, competent and invested are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Monique Tookes and her quest to serve as your next District 6 Duval County Public School (DCPS) Board member.

Monique is a native of Detroit, MI who has resided in Jacksonville, Florida for 15 years with her husband, Cyrus III, of over 20 years and their 9 children; 8 who attend DCPS and 1 adult educator in Houston, TX.  She is a product of the public-school system graduating from Southeastern High School in Detroit and later attending Western Michigan University attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication. Monique is also a 25-year member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

With over 9 years of service to the DCPS, Monique has felt compelled to serve on an even broader level by running for District 6 School Board.  She is an advocate for children and is passionate about empowering students and parents to use their voices, become involved and further engage at a grass roots level all who touch the instructional process.  Her focus is to make an impact through the synergistic efforts of students, parents, educators and the community at-large, and she is committed to be a servant leader who assists students in realizing their abundant potential.  These unique qualities have afforded Monique a bevy of opportunities to serve DCPS in many capacities:

  • School Advisory Council (SAC) for 9 years; 7 of which in SAC Leadership as Chair and Vice-Chair

  • Architect team member of the creation of DCPS Parent Academy

  • DCPS Parent Academy Parent Leader

  • DCPS Code of Conduct Discipline Task Force

  • ACE member of the development of the current single-gender Young Men’s/

    Young Women’s Leadership Academy

  • Parent Advisory Committee, Area Advisory Committee, and District Advisory Committee 

  • Parent Academy Parent Liaison, Andrew Jackson High School

  • Chaired the Fort Caroline Boundary Committee which produced the Ft. Caroline Magnet Art School

  • DCPS Arts Advisory Council as a board member

  • Board member of the Joint Planning Committee

Monique currently serves as Director of the Family Empowerment Ministry at the Potter’s House International Ministries, where she was as a Teen minister for10 years. Monique has 20 years of leadership and collaborative work experience on various committees, councils and boards within the school district and the at-large Jacksonville community. One such example is her newest role as Advisory Board Member of the University of North Florida Center for Urban Education and Policy. With a wealth of experience, Monique will use her body of work to focus on:

  • School safety

  • Curriculum/program innovation through sustainable community partnerships

  • Full service/mental health resources available to all students

  • Stronger policies to support children with IEP/504 plans/Gifted

  • All turnaround schools in District 6   

Monique Tookes is a visionary with a proven track record of empowering people to serve their families for the betterment of the home, community, and educational system which makes her the ideal candidate for the District 6 School Board seat.

**Proudly endorsed by the Florida Fraternal Order of Police**

 


Note: The candidate's photograph and statement are supplied by the candidate and are not endorsed by the County Supervisor of Elections or checked for accuracy.
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