I grew up in Granite School District and loved it so much that I am raising my children in the same community. It was in Granite schools that I got to do things like learn Calculus (thank you Mr. Barton!), perform in Concerto Night (thank you Mr. Ashton!), and play on the soccer team (thank you Coach Chris!). I got to perform in a play I helped write (thank you Mrs. Chatwin!) and I made a pretty legit bridge out of popsicle sticks for physics (thank you Mr. Reddie!) These experiences made me love school..
When I became be a teacher, I happened to get a job at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, the Alternative High School for SLC District, which changed my life. The students there face challenges I couldn’t even imagine. Few of them were on grade level in reading or math and all of them were angry about it. I felt it too. Students in my classroom—which had fewer students (~25) and plenty of autonomy for me to teach and assess standards individually—discovered that they could learn and succeed. I got to watch it happen.
While I LOVED helping my students pull themselves out of difficult holes, I couldn’t help feeling the need to prevent kids from falling into the hole in the first place. Our District leaders work really hard to prevent the digging of holes! I think the key is to make sure decision makers are weighing options together with major stakeholders, especially teachers, students, and parents.
Education is more than a career to me. It is part of my identity. As a member of the Granite School Board I’ll put that passion to work for the benefit of all our kids.