“I know first-hand the power that teachers and mentors have to positively shape the lives of students – when we create schools where students feel safe, valued and heard, we are creating spaces where they can thrive and reach their potential. As a mom, a teacher and a leader, that is precisely what I want our schools to be – places where every student is given the opportunity to thrive.
I am a Latina mom with a blended family who attend school in the BSD. I am an experienced teacher, administrator, researcher, and doctor. I have led equity work at the district and at the national level. I have supported inclusive curriculum, social/ emotional support for all students including, but not limited to: our LGBTQ2SIA+ plus students, our BIPOC students, students who experience disabilities, and for those who are impacted by poverty and other forms or discrimination. I have experience in developing state level and district level rules, policies and budgets, such as the Student Investment Account, Measure 98, English Language Learners, Dual Language Programs and Diversifying the workforce, Tribal History and Shared History, and other state and district curriculum.
My message to the BSD students is that your race, color, religion, gender-identity, gender-expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability and coming from a multi-lingual family are all really your superpowers. You have the right to a high-quality education, to experience belonging and to have an opportunity to THRIVE in our BSD Schools.”
I am running because I want to use my professional, educational, lived and cultural wealth to advocate for:
- Safe & Culturally Responsive Schools- schools where students are safe from hate and bias and where they have culturally and linguistically responsive educational spaces and curriculum.
- Equity in Opportunity with budgets and accountability measures. Currently 10% of BSD students are failing, not passing or have incompletes…what now
- Student & Community Voice as a critical part of our BSD decision making process.