It all started with An Air Conditioning Unit
As a special education teacher at Pueblo's East High School, I see every day the issues affecting our community. I have been told many times that here in Colorado, the problem with our education system is that our teachers are not held accountable, that our students are not as hard-working, or any other thing that could explain why our results are not meeting up with the states around us.
These "problems" mask the reality. I teach in a classroom that has no air conditioning during 100 degree summers. We have no heat in the winter. Our textbooks are missing pages, if not chapters. Our students are all on free and reduced lunch. So I began to ask myself, how can I make life easier for my community?
Raised by two Marines, I have always been taught that hard work, dedication, and speaking up for those who cannot is the expectation, each and every day. My son, Noel, was diagnosed at age three as being on the autism spectrum. The doctors told me that he would be unable to speak, button his own shirt, and for my sake, I should check him into a group home run by the state. Instead, I went back to school for my master's degree in Special Education, read about every legal right my son had, researched everything and anything I could find on speech and behavioral therapy, and worked with Noel. My son now speaks and has graduated from Kindergarten! I will never forget the first time he ever read to me, Brown Bear Brown Bear.
I am running because I have been so blessed to have opportunities to help impact my family's lives, those of my students, and many in our community here in Southern Colorado. It is time that we elect someone who will go to Denver and fight to bring these opportunities to everyone in District 47 and that we get our fair share.