I am an educator,
and a mother.
I AM AN EDUCATOR
I was born and raised in right here in Maricopa County and currently teach 8th grade English in North Phoenix. I became a teacher 13 years ago as my second career and have worked in Arizona public schools as a general and special education teacher as well as a parent volunteer, PTA Board Member, coach and Athletic Director. I have two Masters in Education in the areas of Special Education and Educational Leadership.
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 a large 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 MOTHER.
I am also a mom who enjoys raising my three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13, who attend local public schools.