Candidate for School Board
My fiancée Carla, and her two daughters Isabela and Ana
Analyst/Programmer for Alaska DOT&PF
Bachelor of Science
Substitute teacher, STEM camp mentor (ANSEP), Teacher’s assistant, Legislative aide
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
I’m running so my fiancée’s children, and all of Juneau’s children have every opportunity that we had growing up, and more.
The budget is the most serious issue because it directly influences class sizes, and the availability of programs that can give our students an edge up. Creating opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, talents and abilities is also important.
How can the Juneau School District continue to improve educational opportunities for students amid continued flat funding from the state Legislature?
That’s a tough question. It’s going to require pulling everyone together. We need to keep up our lobbying efforts to increase funding, inflation proof the Base Student Allocation, and secure forward funding. We need Juneau citizens and organizations in the community supporting our teachers and extracurricular programs so we can focus our budget on improving opportunities for everyone. We need to be creative as a Board to do more with the resources we have.
Access to affordable child care is a concern for Juneau parents. Should the Juneau School District look for more ways to address the issue? If so, how? If not, why?
Yes, but I don’t think the School District should go it alone. Supporting access to affordable child care is a concern of the whole community, and preparing students to enter the school system is of particular concern to the School District. Therefore, I propose that we work together with the Assembly and with community partners to jointly support early childhood development and child care.