Teacher & Coach
I began at 12 as an elementary teaching assistant
Since then, I have taught history, economics, psychology, philosophy, and Spanish – and my historically under-served students beat the rigorous global average on their International Baccalaureate exams.
I've also head coached soccer and cross country.
Ensure every student has access to great learning opportunities
Based on the Nation’s Report Card, two-thirds of WA elementary students aren’t proficient in reading, and two-thirds of middle schoolers aren’t proficient in math. Our teachers and families are working so hard and need additional support now. Let’s surpass basic pandemic recovery to close longer-term gaps as well by ensuring each student in need has access to targeted and proven tutoring support.
Fully face and address the mental health crisis
58% of our teens struggle with anxiety or depression, with one in ten suicidal. However, there are proven, affordable solutions that can be locally controlled by parents and communities to quickly address these challenges.
Prepare each student for the future of their choosing
Too many of our graduates are not yet prepared for their after-high-school goals, with a stubborn gap between the skills students are gaining in school and the skills they need for Washington’s jobs. I have worked with education, civic, business, and public policy leaders to begin to develop a no-cracks approach with real pathways into career and higher education opportunities for every WA grad.
Invest our limited resources in the highest
I’ve worked with schools, districts and states accomplishing incredible things for students, teachers, and families. With limited resources, we need to focus on what makes the biggest difference in the lives of students and educators. I have conducted a comprehensive analysis of the research literature and identified the most impactful and affordable areas for additional investment. We need to invest in diverse teacher recruitment, teacher retention, and effective teacher-led professional learning.