Leslie Wickens and Patricia Mastropolo

2 PVSchools Teachers Selected to Participate on the Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team

Thursday , May 16 , 2019

Leslie Wickens, a kindergarten teacher at Cactus View Elementary School, and Patricia Mastropolo, an English teacher at Greenway Middle School, were selected to participate on the Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team (STAT) for the 2019-20 school year.

STAT is an initiative of Steve Watson, the Maricopa County School Superintendent, with the purpose of increasing teacher voice and include classroom perspective during discussions about education practice and policy. STAT meets quarterly and will discuss topics such as school funding priorities, teacher retention strategies and accessibility of instructional resources.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the 2019-2020 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Team. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to advocate for educators in Maricopa County and have their voices heard on critical issues affecting all facets of education,” said Ms. Mastropolo.

STAT meets quarterly for discussion around important topics such as:

  • Educator advocacy strategies
  • School funding priorities
  • Teacher retention strategies
  • Accessibility of instructional resources

"I look forward to the opportunity to represent teacher's voices and being able to speak with practical knowledge about early childhood education," said Ms. Wickens.

Teacher representatives are chosen each school year by an application and interview process. The process is intended to ensure the team includes perspectives and experiences that represent as many teachers as possible.