I am a mother, grandmother, business woman, and administrator. My passion has been helping people for over 35 years. I served as a Tribal Court Advocate and Mediator in Arizona, serving several tribal courts from 2009 until August 2014 while obtaining my Associate's degree in Paralegal Studies. I moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. My educational experience in business administration, health, medicine, and personal development has provided the background to run my own small business for over 20 years.
With several grandchildren in school, I am passionate about helping parents understand what support and programs are available to them and their children, especially children with special needs. I believe all children can succeed given the opportunity and right resources. I will lean on my experience in negotiations as an Advocate and Mediator to include parents, administrators, and educational staff along with the Board in 9R's decisions.
Having overcome my own personal obstacles to learning, I understand first-hand the importance of a solid educational foundation that is necessary for success in today's ever-changing world. In recent years, 9-R has failed to provide these educational foundations to our children. Durango School District's national test scores are below the 30th percentile. It is my pledge to help facilitate a return to excellence in education for the children of Durango. I believe in providing a strong educational foundation for our children to build their future on.