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GET TO KNOW TOBY
Toby Brazzel is a investment professional through Allstate Financial Services by trade. He has been self employed since the age of 21. He built his business from the ground up and has served his community, state, and many others through his business for the last 26 years.
He is a born leader who has the ability to inspire, has strong communication skills, and takes pride in his community. He will work together toward a common goal to move our students, teachers, and entire education system forward.
Toby Brazzel has served his community and multi states as a Financial Advisor since 1997. He grew up on Cane River near Melrose on a cattle ranch helping his Father. He graduated from Cloutierville High School and then attended Northwestern State University to pursue his degree. He graduated in 1991 with a double degree in Business Administration and Finance and a degree in Aviation Science. Toby and Kelli have been married 4 years and have a blended family of 8 children. Toby had the pleasure of adopting his children through the Foster Care System, International adoptions, and private placement. Kelli has three boys of her own also. Toby has been very involved in and has traveled around the world doing mission and humanitarian work. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization called Hands For Healing International that aids in disaster relief.
Toby has been very active in several professional, civic, and church organizations throughout the years.These include:
• Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
• Alexandria Rotary
• John Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer
• LSUA Athletic Association for 7 years – 3 years as President
• 2003 – 2007 National Advisory Board for Allstate Financial
• Southern Region Advisory Board for Allstate Financial
• Central West Zone Advisory Board for Allstate Financial
• Founder of Hands For Healing
• Teach Leadership Training to a local community group
On The Issues
We need to stream line accountability measures so that they are more transparent for all schools, parents, and our educators. All schools should know the expectations moving forward. Measures need to be reflective of true school performance and a stronger catalyst to prepare students for college or career training. Our teachers need the ability to instruct our children and we need to trust them to do their job.
Early Childhood Education:
It is imperative that we get our children reading by the third grade. Louisiana should expand access to high-quality early care and education programs for all at risk children in the state from birth to aged 4. The percentage of our of children arriving in Kindergarten that meet critical benchmarks must change. We must close the literacy gap.
All parents deserve the right to chose where their children are educated. School choice needs to be expanded so that every child has the opportunity to succeed in the way that works for that child, whether that is a public school, charter school, private school, home school, or any other learning environment. Today’s parents feel a greater sense of ownership over their child’s education and are looking for those opportunities that will deliver on academic promises.
It is imperative that our children have equal opportunity to explore the technical side of education as well as higher education. Meeting workforce needs must be further enhanced through our education system. Not only is this about improving opportunities for people, but also about expanding the workforce and building a stronger and more prosperous state.