IT ALL STARTED
WITH AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT
As a special education teacher at Pueblo's East High School, I see the issues affecting our community every day. 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?
Now as the representative for HD-47, the vice-chair of the House Education Committee, and member of the Rural Affairs Committee, I'm fighting for our communities with leadership on education, agriculture, transportation, and healthcare. I will bring our Southern Colorado spirit to Denver and make sure we are solving problems, not creating new ones.
I know that solving problems often means that you have to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. I’ve seen that in my husband, Nick, as well. When his country needed him to serve - he didn’t hesitate. In 2010 he was sent to Iraq and though I missed him terribly I was, and still am, incredibly proud of his dedication to our community. Soon after he continued serving in the military as a US Army Captain in Kosovo. While I took care of our family and home, Nick was overseas fighting for all of us. I’ll forever be grateful for the sacrifice he and so many other heroes have made for our nation.
It was hard at first taking care of Noel by myself but I put in the work to get trained in special education so that he could get the care he deserves. Since then his speech has improved rapidly just like his performance in school. He’s playing hockey now and I couldn’t be more proud of the bright and funny young man he’s turning out to be - even if he does occasionally talk back to his mom.
I'm grateful everyday for the chance to serve
and thank you for your continued guidance, ideas, and support.
- Bri Buentello