As the 2018 president of the governing board, I thank my colleagues for this honor and particularly Mark Lane for his dedication as president last year.

As most of you know, I am a long-time parent of students in our district. My eldest entered in 1984, and my youngest exited in 2017. All seven of my children graduated from Paradise Valley High School, where they received an exceptional education, important life skills, and a continued love of learning.

I’m very proud to be a member of the 2016 Arizona School Board of the Year, with my colleagues: Julie Bacon, Anne Greenberg, Mark Lane, and Sue Skidmore. This coveted award was bestowed because we all strongly agree in doing what’s best for kids—not what’s convenient for adults. Our commitment to our students, our district leadership, our excellent teachers, our wonderful parents, and our supportive community, has helped to make Paradise Valley School District—Paradise.

The coming months will be filled with success and progress, as we continue our journey of  excellence.