WE ARE HOPE

Some of the most influential people in my life have been teachers. They not only taught me the value of a good education, but also the importance of advocating for a good education. When my own children started kindergarten, I became involved in their school so I could be the best advocate possible for them. As I learned more about public education in Nevada, I realized that many decisions affecting our children's education were being made with very minimal input from those who were truly affected by these decisions. After nearly 20 years in Nevada, I've watched the results of these decisions — some of Nevada's children flourish, but many more still struggle to survive in our schools — and that's not the kind of community I want to live in. I want to live in a community where the dreams of all children can be achieved because our public education system has given them the foundation, experience and enthusiasm they need to reach their fullest potential.

As a mother of two, a former teacher in California and a substitute in CCSD, I feel compelled to be part of a long-needed movement to prioritize high-quality public education for ALL Nevada students. Watching my own children fall in love with school and the excellent educators who inspire them, I have a profound appreciation for what our teachers are working to accomplish and want to be a more active partner beyond the classroom. As a taxpayer, voter and resident of Nevada for nearly 20 years, I’m tired of studies and recommendations that are never acted upon, apathy and ignorance in how this affects the future of our state, and seeing our children’s education used as an advertising campaign to fill holes in our state’s general fund. Now is the time for our children to be the beneficiaries of all that Nevada has to offer, and it's my full-time, volunteer job to see that it happens.

As a student, I was the beneficiary of a great education and very involved parents who supported me every step of the way. As a teacher, my job was to ensure all my students had access to that same great education and my passion allowed me to be my students' biggest cheerleader. As a mother of two, I'm modeling that learning doesn't end when you leave the classroom and I'm encouraging my children to be passionate about the things they love. As a lifelong learner, an educator, a mother, and a member of HOPE, I'm eager to work with other parents advocating for all of Nevada's children, ensuring an education worthy of our students, preparing them for not only their future, but Nevada's as well.  

Growing up, education was always a priority and now that I have children of my own I am keenly aware how important our public education system is, for individuals and for our society, to grow and prosper. It's easy to sit back and complain about the way things are or the way things ought to be — but honestly, waiting for someone else to make our wishes happen doesn't get us far. To be successful, a solid public education system needs to be supported by the entire community — not just parents and educators. It's going to take every one of us actively choosing to make the world a better place to live and thrive, now and for generations ahead. We need to make public education a priority to ensure it is the best it can be so Nevada's children can forge a strong future for everyone.

When I had children I was so excited to watch them grow and I was filled with excitement for my role in their learning journey. I was so looking forward to starting them in school where I anticipated them experiencing all the fabulous opportunities I remember from my school days. It is an understatement to say I was surprised at all the things that are not available to children in Nevada today compared to the education in my memory. I started asking questions and the answers led me down a road to advocacy that I never anticipated. I am frequently troubled by the lack of opportunities for all children in this state. It seems I constantly run up against the conundrum of having to provide resources to one group of students at the expense of another group. I find this scenario unacceptable and strive to participate in finding solutions to ensure a better future for our students and our state.

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