I love the Ogden community and have served and volunteered with many organizations throughout the years, like the Junior League of Ogden and the Weber-Morgan Children’s Justice Center. As a 2013 Weber State University non-traditional graduate, I am passionate about education and today serve on the Ogden-Weber Technical College Foundation board and recently wrapped up a five-year term on the WSU Alumni Association.
I am a substitute teacher in the district, so I am directly involved with our students and teachers, and I care about their wellbeing and success. I am also the 2022 Chair of the Ogden Diversity Commission and an advisor for the statewide Autism After 21 Initiative. In these roles I work to help improve outcomes for people with disabilities and other historically underrepresented populations.
As the mother to a neurodiverse teenager (and a neurotypical fifth grader) in Ogden School District, I know firsthand the challenges faced by families living with disability. In 2018, I founded Awesome Autistic Ogden as a way to connect families and individuals to one another as well as to resources in the community. I hope to create ripple effects of kindness and inclusivity that positively impact Ogden for years to come. As a leader, I know how important it is to work collaboratively with stakeholders.
One example of a positive community collaboration is the work I recently did with Ogden Police Department to help implement an autism registry database. This helps both our first responders and families and will lead to better outcomes should law enforcement be called to a situation involving someone with autism, especially if they’re in crisis. More information can be found here.
I am running for Ogden School Board so I can continue these efforts in a meaningful way. The demographic makeup for OSD students shows that 79% are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 16% have a disability. In a 2021 SHARP survey of OSD students, 1 in 4 identified as LGBTQ+ or unsure. I want to be an advocate and representative for these and ALL students in the district.
Every student deserves a quality school, and I am committed to eliminating barriers to every student having what they need, when they need it. We need to prepare young people for the future; we need to teach them both the good and the bad of our history so that they better understand the lives, cultures, and experiences of different people.
We need each other; our fates and futures as neighborhoods and communities are intertwined, despite perceived differences. All of us—students, families, teachers, principals, district leaders, and the school board—must work together in courageous, compassionate, empathetic, smart, civil, and strategic ways to create the kinds of learning experiences and outcomes all our young people deserve.
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