“We must always put students first and ensure that every decision and policy made is the absolute best for all students,” she said. “And we must restore the integrity of power to our teachers by supporting them in a respectful manner, by celebrating their contributions/successes and thereby ensuring the most positive learning environment pervades every classroom.”
I want to serve our students, our teachers and our community!
Why am I running?
I am running for Pueblo City District 60 School Board because I care about the fairness of educational rights for ALL children and the quality of education in Pueblo. I moved to Pueblo 2013, after my husband accepted a position at CSU-P and made Pueblo our home. I saw the challenges facing Pueblo City Schools District 60, our students and the families in the community. So, I decided to become actively involved to help make needed changes. I am concerned about the current decisions facing our school board and district. It is time we make decisions in the best interests of all our children! We need to “make changes in the right direction” to ensure that every child gets the 21st century quality education that he or she lawfully and ethically deserves, so that our students become productive citizens in the city of Pueblo and knowledgeable competitors in the world-wide marketplace.
Why am I qualified to serve?
My personal history, educational background and professional experiences qualify me to serve and allows me to have empathy for our community. Personally, as a student, I know firsthand what it is like to struggle and fight for my educational rights. As a child growing up during the civil rights movement, in school, I had second handed textbooks with the back covers torn, used curriculum materials and used sports equipment. I know how it feels to have my “historical neighborhood high school” closed in my junior year and to be bussed across town to another school. I know what it is like to be kicked out of school. As a 16-year-old, I became pregnant. The law at that time stated that if you were female, pregnant and unmarried I could not remain in school. As a result, I had to attend an alternative program at the community college in order to graduate high school on time. Some students dropped out, but I had to believe in myself and fight on. My parents instilled the value of education. My father told me that education was “one thing they cannot take from you.” So, the value of a good education ignited me to press on and fight until I received a master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate degree in education.
Professionally, as a teacher, I know what it is like to fight for respect and professional integrity in my classroom when school board policies and administrative expectations hinder my effectiveness in my classroom. As a school principal in a residential mental health facility, I witnessed firsthand the critical injuries of young girl who jumped from a moving car because she wanted to come back to school in the institution. Later, as a principal in juvenile prison, I saw students celebrate coming back to attend school. I asked myself what is wrong with the schools in our community; so, I decided that I must do something in the community to make our schools a better place for all students to receive the kind of education that they need and rightfully deserve.
In Pueblo, after seeing the need, I decided to help by establishing my own small business providing educational and supportive services. Now, I am running for the school board to make sure that every child gets the 21st century quality education that he or she lawfully and ethically deserve in a safe and caring environment.
What are my goals on the Board?
Prioritize students-We must always put students first and ensure that every decision and policy made is the absolute best for all students.
Empower teachers- We must restore the integrity of power to our teachers by supporting them in a respectful manner, by celebrating their contributions/successes thereby ensuring the most positive learning environment pervades every classroom.
Make fair and equitable decisions-We must ensure that every board and administrative decision is fair and equitable in the best interests of the entire school community.