I am only grateful for the way life has brought me full circle–to family, to education, and to the Jeffco community.
I grew up in Jeffco, succeeding in school–a good kid attending good schools. I earned recognition as a National Merit Honorable Mention. However, I was disconnected, and I struggled to advocate for the support I needed. At a time of family crisis, I left school and earned a GED.
I went on to college, then earned a Master of Education and became a teacher, because I wanted to make sure no more students slipped through the cracks. Teaching is joyful, relentless work. I know firsthand the demands teachers face, the tools and support they need, and the uncompromising commitment they make to their students. Now, as a parent advocate, I’ve demonstrated my value and my focus on doing what’s best for kids.
When it came time to send my own children to Jeffco’s schools, the recession had created a funding crisis. I watched Jeffco come together to support our kids. Since that time, I’ve helped to make my children’s school successful for all students by chairing our school accountability team, bringing staff and families together to move our students forward. I have served on Jeffco’s Choice Committee and Strategic Planning Advisory/District Accountability Committee. I know well the celebrations and challenges of Jeffco today, and I’m so proud of the trust and hard work I see from all sides–parents, teachers, support staff, and leadership–committed to preparing all students for their next steps.
When I think about education today, I see beyond the issues to my children and all Jeffco students, each one with singular strengths, gifts, and challenges. The best gift we can give to our kids is a strong education. They deserve it. It will take a devotion to excellence, transparency, and cooperation. I am excited to support Jeffco students so each child is ready to confidently follow—or trail blaze—whatever path they choose. Together, let’s reach beyond good intentions to great outcomes for all Jeffco students.
I invite you to join me as we turn the page for Jeffco.