Those who know me describe me as a fierce advocate and social justice activist. What I often tell others is, “I am a proud mother of three and public school educator.” My children and my students drive my passion to contribute in creating a stronger community and strive for building a better future.
My family and I made the move to Colorado in 2004 after accepting a teaching position in the St Vrain Valley School District. Not long after working here and falling in love with the community, we became residents. When my children were younger, I volunteered as a catechist for St John the Baptist Catholic Church and costume designer/seamstress for the Longmont Dance Theatre. More recently I have become active in the teachers’ union, serving as Vice President of the St Vrain Valley Education Association (SVVEA), member of the SVVEA Bargaining Team, and the Northern Colorado Regional Representative on the Colorado Education Association Equity Council for Race and Culture. Through this work, I have built my leadership capacity as an activist and community/union organizer at the local, state, and national level. As a delegate for both the Colorado Education Association and National Education Association Representative Assemblies I have an in-depth understanding of governance, setting policy, and long term implications of resolutions and bylaws.
My involvement in politics began with my participation in TBD Colorado Initiative. I, along with 1,200 participants statewide, had the opportunity to voice our priorities in regard to education, health, transportation, state budget, and state workforce. My interest in state and local government continued with my participation as legislative liaison for SVVEA. In this role, I had the opportunity to share educators’ perspectives and advocate for pro-public education policy and bills.