Esther Abbott has represented Scott County’s Fifth District on the School Board since 2006. Banking, business owner, poultry farmer, wife, mother and grandmother are some of the roles she has enjoyed, with service on the School Board springing from years of community involvement.
“I had never thought of running for a public office. However, several citizens and some teachers at Winfield asked me to run for the office. After several weeks of praying, discussing it with my family and friends, I believed I could make a difference. My slogan was ‘it’s all about the children,’ and it still is.”
Mrs. Abbott believes that by always putting the children first and by working to ensure that funding is wisely spent, she can serve as a responsible and caring role model.
“I want the parents and students to always feel free to call me with any of their concerns at any time. If I don’t know the answer, I will pursue the proper channels to find an answer for them. I am honored and feel it a privilege to serve as your School Board Member in the Fifth District.”
Mrs. Abbott attended Burchfield Elementary, Oneida High School, Cumberland College, UT, and the Memphis School of Banking. After sixteen years at First National Bank Oneida, followed by six years as owner-operator of Abbott’s Habit, she “went home to be a poultry farmer’s wife and mother and grandmother.”
Esther and husband Acmon Abbott have three children (Jackie, Nathan, and Tippie), five grandchildren (Sarah Lewallen, Alisha Shoemaker, Alax Abbott, Ty and Tina Younce), and four great-grandchildren. The Abbotts attend Winfield Baptist Church, where Mrs. Abbott is the church clerk and secretary for the Sunday School.
Mrs. Abbott also serves on the Scott County Soil Conservation Board (also serving as Treasurer), the Appalachian Christian Learning Center Board in Winfield, and on the Professional Advisory Committee for Deaconess Home Care in Oneida. She is also a member of the Clinch Powell Educational Board, and Board Member for Pine Hill Volunteer Fire Department.
768 Pine Hill Road
Oneida, TN 37841
Current Tenure Began: 2006
Current Term: 2014-2018
1st Term as Board Member