Mother, Teacher, Former State Assemblywoman

As a classroom teacher for 15 years and the mother of a son who is currently in school, I have a passion for education.  Volunteering for AmeriCorps while I was in college and as a teacher at at-risk schools, I have worked extensively with students struggling to succeed in school. That is why I am so strongly committed to ensuring we do more to provide a good education for every student.

We made some important strides during the last session of the legislature.  As your representative, I was proud to support legislation to—

  • Expand and strengthen Zoom schools to help students with English as their second language.
  • Provide more funding for full-day kindergarten and early childhood education—to help students get a good foundation for learning.
  • Provide funding for Victory Schools, schools with a large number of children living in poverty and underperforming.
  • Improve professional development opportunities for teachers, fund  scholarships for prospective teachers and provide incentives for teachers who teach in at-risk schools
  • Provide scholarships to Nevada’s  community colleges and universities

There is, of course, so much more to be done.

  • Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers for every school. Nevada continues to have a severe teaching shortage that needs to be addressed.
  • Reducing overcrowding in our classrooms and schools so all students get the individualized attention they need.
  • Making sure our schools and higher education system are providing every student to compete for the new jobs coming to our state. We need a strong curriculum for those entering the workforce right out of college and those going into community colleges or universities for additional education and training.