I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in clinical and school settings. I currently provide therapeutic services at my husband's private practice working with adults with a variety of disabilities. I'm a mother to four children, three of which are currently in the district, ranging from preschool to 8th grade, and my youngest will start attending the district preschool program in January 2022. Having four children with a variety of needs and learning styles has helped me understand the importance of individualized ways to educate our kids.
As a mother of two boys with disabilities and have IEP’s and two girls who are identified as gifted and talented and have ALP’s, I have learned the importance of identifying their strengths to help enhance their educational experience and opportunities. I have also learned they all have vastly different learning styles. As parents, we know our children the best and can be assets for their educational experience. We can help their teachers understand their learning styles and work collaboratively to identify educational needs. This can be done by increasing funding to help retain qualified educators and help reduce class sizes to allow smaller ratios of teachers and students. I want to work with our elected officials to increase educational funding to ensure students receive an equitable education that they deserve, while creating more opportunities for parent involvement to partner with student’s educators so they thrive in the classroom.
I have had the opportunity to engage in many volunteer experiences within Adams 12 schools and district as a whole and within the community. I have served as my children’s elementary school PTO president since 2014. I also served on the first cohort of the Adams 12 Leadership Academy during the 2015-2016 academic year. I was one of two parents, along with a district member, to develop and implement the Parents Leadership Action Network (PLAN) through the district. I served as a member of the District Healthy Advisory Committee. I volunteered with Adams 12 CAN to help support the bond and mil levy campaigns that brought additional funding for our schools, students and educators. I volunteered as a professional to provide emotional/social services and support at an elementary school within the district for students identified of needing extra support. I am also a member of the Adams 12 GT Parent Group and have engaged in the Parent Advocacy Network through Colorado Association of School Executives to gain more knowledge about the educational needs of our students throughout Colorado. I have also been a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado since 2019 and I am currently serving as president of Colorado Parents of Blind Children.