Why are you seeking this office?
I believe strongly in the power of education to change an individual, our state and nation. The State Board sets standards, chooses the state test, accredits school districts and has essential oversight of K-12 education and how our teachers are trained at universities and other entities in Colorado. I am therefore seeking this office because I believe in the work of the State Board and know what an influence it can have on quality education.
What makes you the best choice for this office?
I am first and foremost a teacher. I began my career in education as a teacher of special needs students and went on to leadership roles in higher education, training teachers to be successful in the classroom. Because I understand the issues firsthand as an educator, and based on my prior experience as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education, I feel I am the best qualified candidate for the position.
What are the most pressing issues facing K-12 education in Colorado?
It is important that students and families have a continuum of options to meet educational needs. One size does not fit all and the unique needs of individual students require education choice. Quality education and accountability are also important to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to be competitive in the workforce and fulfill their potential. Preserving local control allows districts to find local solutions that are responsive to community needs.
If elected, what will your top priority be in January?
My top priorities include creating a forum to discuss the role of technology in quality education, and its benefits and limitations; ensure data privacy for our students; enhance the effectiveness of the READ Act to address third-grade reading achievement; and increase the effectiveness of special education policies and practices in Colorado.
What else should voters know about you?
I believe every student in Colorado deserves a quality education. Being an educator, I know teachers make the biggest difference in a student’s education. Our teachers deserve our support and the resources to be successful. Parents are a child’s first teacher and have a central role to play in identifying the best educational opportunities for their child. I will serve on the State Board as an experienced and passionate educator to represent the 4th CD.
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