Amanda Stevens

Jefferson County School District finds itself at a crossroads.  It’s time to stop fighting each other and start fighting for kids.

My experiences as a Jeffco student, a passionate teacher, and a Jeffco parent, prepare me to move us forward to do positive work for students.

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.  I left school and earned a GED.

I worked my way through college with some help from my parents, then earned a Master of Education and became a teacher, because I wanted to make sure no more kids 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 do the right thing for kids.  I volunteered in that effort and met so many proud Jeffco residents who made it their business to support our schools and our kids.  Since that time, I’ve worked for all students’ success as a chairperson of our school accountability team, bringing staff and families together to move our students forward.  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 success.

When I think about Jeffco today, I see beyond the turmoil to the district’s track record of excellence.  More importantly, I see my children, and all Jeffco kids, 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 excellent outcomes for all our kids.

I invite you to join me as we turn the page for Jeffco.

Core Values:

Excellence:  We want all Jeffco students to be prepared to succeed in whatever path they choose in life.  This requires schools and classrooms that deliver depth in knowledge and skills, breadth in opportunities, and individualized attention with each student’s unique gifts and needs in mind.  If we can work together for kids, we can sustain transformational, enduring education communities in every neighborhood in Jeffco.

Transparency:  Public schools are the public’s business.  In order to make the most of taxpayers’ investment in Jeffco’s students–Jeffco’s future–transparency and accountability must be practiced and protected.  We must improve student learning outcomes, invest equitably in our schools, and listen to the Jeffco community.

Cooperation:  In order to experiment and take risks—try, fall short, and try again—students need to feel safe.  Kids breathe in the air we breathe out.  Jeffco has a long tradition of collaboration and mutual respect.  We must actively listen to the Jeffco community–families, educators, and citizens–in order to effectively and efficiently prepare students and manage schools.

Core Commitments:

  • Every student deserves high academic standards, effective & well-supported teachers, and robust curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, so that they are prepared to confidently launch into life after Jeffco schools.
  • Every student deserves to be treated as a whole person, with intellectual, social, and emotional needs and gifts.
  • Every student deserves a safe, positive school climate that values each of them as a community asset and co-creator of our community.
  • Every student deserves an education that develops engagement, strong work habits, teamwork, goal-attainment, and problem-solving skills, to become independent contributors in their personal, work, and civic lives.
  • Every student deserves a classroom equipped with the technologies and tools necessary to build 21st century proficiencies.
  • Every student deserves the united efforts of teachers, families, and district & community leaders—and it’s time for politics to take a back seat to student success.

Core Promises:

If elected, I will focus on the best interests of kids.

If elected, I will purposefully listen.

If elected, I will visit schools to learn about the celebrations and needs of Jeffco students.

If elected, I will attend business and civic events regularly so that I can help connect the builders of today to the builders of tomorrow.

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Jefferson County School District finds itself at a crossroads.  It’s time to stop fighting each other and start fighting for kids.

My experiences as a Jeffco student, a passionate teacher, and a Jeffco parent, prepare me to move us forward to do positive work for students.

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 difficulty, 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 kids 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 our 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 kids’ school successful for all students by chairing our school accountability team, bringing staff and families together to move our students forward.  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 and controversies to my childrens’ faces and my students’ faces, each one with singular strengths, gifts, and challenges.  The best gift we can give our kids is a strong education.  They deserve it.

We must all renew our 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 our kids.

I invite you to join me as we turn the page for Jeffco.