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Desert Shadows Middle School Teacher Participates on the Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team

Monday , May 11 , 2020

Susan Kalter

Susan Kalter, a seventh-grade Special Education teacher at Desert Shadows Middle School, was selected to participate on the Maricopa County Superintendent Teacher Advisory Team (STAT) for the 2020-21 school year. 

STAT is an initiative of Steve Watson, the Maricopa County School Superintendent, with the purpose of increasing teacher voice and including 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.

“This is an amazing opportunity and forum to enact advocacy efforts. This is an area of passion and special interest to me. It is a privilege to represent the voices of colleagues and students on challenging topics we face in education today. I look forward to an amazing year of effective collaboration,” said Kalter. 

STAT meets quarterly for discussion around important topics such as:

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

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.