I am a teacher,
a numbers person,
a marathon runner,
a wife and a mother.
I AM A TEACHER
For over a decade, I have taught and volunteered in the public school system where I was born and raised: Maricopa County, Arizona. I earned a Master’s in Special Education and am working on a Master’s in Educational Leadership. My experience includes both general and special education classrooms in the Paradise Valley School District. I’ve been a Coach, an Athletic Director and the Vice President of Desert Springs Preparatory PTA. My first classrooms were within California’s public school system. There, I learned public education’s potential when funded by a legislature who prioritized student access to opportunity and stewarded by leaders who understood no institution is more important to American democracy than public education.
I AM AN ACTIVIST
Last year, as I addressed the Arizona House Ways and Means Committee, 70,000 educators, parents, and students who rallied at the Capitol. I called out legislators who refused to fund public education in Arizona. “I have ninety students this year,” I said. “I have approximately three minutes with each student each day to give them individual attention […] We need to properly fund education so that our class sizes will go down.”
Two months later, I addressed the House Appropriations Committee, pointing out that “Many, many of my students are reading a few of not several grade levels below where they should be, not because we don’t have highly-qualified, highly-dedicated teachers, but because these kids have slipped through the cracks of overcrowded classrooms.” As the majority in the legislature proved indifferent to the arguments of teachers, parents, and students, I felt dismay, then determination. In 2018, after lawmakers moved forward with a voucher expansion bill that would have bled the education system further, I decided to run for office as a Representative for Legislative District 15.
Campaigning for the Legislature deepened my sense for the people of this county and their commitment to public education. I remain committed to my students, making the decision to become their superintendent an easy one.
“Many, many of my students are reading a few if not several grade levels below where they should be, not because we don’t have highly-qualified, highly-dedicated teachers, but because these kids have slipped through the cracks of overcrowded classrooms.”
I AM A NUMBERS PERSON
In my prior career at the second-largest credit union in Arizona, I oversaw large funds, directed revenues, and created and implemented marketing strategies.
Because of my extensive experience in the financial services industry and Master’s in Organizational Leadership, I was elected to Arizona Federal’s Board of Directors in 2016 to advocate for financial literacy programs and helped establish policies concerning asset liability and risk management for Arizona Federal’s $1.6 billion budget.
Therefore, when I am Superintendent, funding for Maricopa schools will be managed responsibly, with an eye toward increasing opportunity for all students. I’ll also advocate for greater accountability for charter schools in order to protect taxpayers’ investments in education from millionaires.
I AM A MARATHON RUNNER
Nothing worth accomplishing is easy.
We face serious challenges as we struggle to re-prioritize public education. The teacher-led movement for change, insisting we change course, inspired most of us—parents, business leaders, and other educational advocates.
It won’t be easy but we must continue working toward a repaired school system. Just like a marathon race, I will reach the finish line for my students and colleagues.
I AM A WIFE AND A MOTHER.
Ben and I will celebrate our 14-year wedding anniversary this summer and enjoy raising our three daughters – ages 9, 11 and 13 – who attend our local public schools.