Should there be a mask requirement for children going back to schools in the fall?
No, I don’t believe a mask should be required.
2) Do you believe that the State and your district returned students to their classrooms: Too Early, At the right time, or Not quickly enough? (pick one).
I do not believe the State allowed our students to return to their classrooms quickly enough and, unfortunately, our students suffered greatly due to this.
3) Districts are one potential charter school authorizer in the State of New Mexico. Could you offer a brief sentence or two regarding your feelings on charter schools and your support/opposition in your district?
I believe that the more options that our families have in education, the more likely we are to find what truly propels our children towards success in their individual education, and their lives well beyond their school years. I support having as many options as possible for our local families to choose from, whether that be public, private, charter, online or home school education options.
4) What kind of accountability tools do you believe should be implemented at the district level to improve student outcomes? How would you work within your school board to improve student outcomes?
I frequently tell our employees “Tell me what makes your job easier, what tools you need to be more efficient and successful”. If we aren’t willing to listen to the ones with their boots on the ground,
carrying out our orders, we are silencing our greatest asset for improvement. I would love to hear from our local educators on this subject. I am a full supporter of transparency in every area of education, and I believe part of that transparency comes from listening to those that we entrust our precious children with every day. This is another reason why local control of our education system is so crucial.
5) If it does not already do so, would you support creating an online transparency portal to include annual budget information, employee salaries, administrator contracts, and other public records?
Yes, 100%! Easily accessible public transparency is crucial. Our district has taken large strides in recent years to become more transparent, and although I believe there is much more work to be done here, I applaud the improvements they have made so far.
6) In your view, is Critical Race Theory, particularly the
oppressor/oppressed dynamics it teaches, appropriate for middle and high school classrooms?
No, I do not support the use of CRT curriculum in any of our classrooms.