13031 S. 1300 West
1. In relation to functions of the office for which you are running, what do you see as the 3 issues most pressing to families? How will you address those issues?
Far too often, elected officials lose sight of those whom they represent. Having represented my community as a county and state delegate, I have earned the confidence of those in my area to research the issues and represent their views. I now want to represent you on the State Board of Education. I will not only stay current on the issues facing the state, but also bring the views of my constituents to the attention of the board.
Education is all about the children. The people most interested in the education of students - parents, teachers, and principals - should have the flexibility to implement what is best for the student. Just like every child does not wear the same shirt size, each child does not learn in the same way or benefit from the same teaching methods. With control at the local level, principals and teachers can work together to more effectively meet the needs of those at their schools.
Combine this local control with more authority to manage classrooms, and the possibilities are endless. Teachers in our schools do a terrific job with the parameters afforded to them. Sometimes, particular children disrupt the learning environment for the rest of a class. Education is a right given to all children in our state, and cannot be sacrificed due to discipline issues that arise. When teachers are permitted to deal with these distractions, all the children benefit.
2. How is your strategy different from those running against you?
I have a very unique perspective on education. I teach in higher education. I attended Catholic parochial school. I have had my children in private school, and I currently have children in both public charter and regular public schools. I have seen the different school systems in action, and the weaknesses and strengths that they bring. I believe that as Thomas Edison said, "There's a better way to do it. Find it." With this unique perspective, I foresee unique solutions to the issues facing education in our state.
3. What experience/qualifications do you possess that will help you in your efforts?
In addition to the experiences listed above, my 14 years of teaching in higher education is a constant reminder of how the general public school system is failing our students. I also have great communication skills. I am able to relate to people of all ages, backgrounds, and educational levels. Most importantly, I am passionate about education. I look forward to working with the board to bring creative solutions to all the students of Utah.