As a mother and foster parent, I know the value of ensuring all children have equal opportunities to succeed and reach their full potential. I am fully committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive future for our students, and I am ready to work tirelessly to make this vision a reality.
As someone who has faced a lifetime of hardships and challenges, I understand the importance of providing students with more than just academic education. After high school, I faced the reality of homelessness and struggled to acquire the basic life skills necessary for success. I had to learn how to seek employment, acquire necessities like a phone and a car, build credit, and learn how to do taxes.
As an unsupported college student and proud graduate of the class of 2020 and class of 2022, I understand the struggles and challenges of pursuing higher education. Despite my doubts and financial constraints, I took a leap of faith and applied to the University of Alaska Anchorage for financial aid through the FAFSA. To my surprise, the funding I received covered almost all of my college expenses, allowing me to earn my Associate's degree cum laude. I went on to complete my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare, again graduating cum laude.
During my college journey, I have been honored to be recognized as a member of several honors societies.
Despite all of the challenges I have faced, I have navigated life using the few resources around me to survive, learn, grow, and thrive against all odds. As a school board member, I will bring my personal experiences to the table to make a meaningful impact on our education system and ensure that all students have the resources and support they need to succeed in life.
I believe that our schools have a crucial role in providing academic education and building the social-emotional competencies and life skills necessary for a lifetime of success. I will carefully consider first how each policy might affect the low-income children and families in our district who don't always have the time, energy, or resources to advocate for themselves.
We can build a brighter future for our students and community by working together.