COVID-19

First and foremost, the safety of our children is paramount.  I do believe that sanitizing policies and procedures can and will be adjusted to make schools a healthier place to be.  Secondly, it is my sincere hope that schools will be open in the fall. However, each...

USBE

Many people have asked me about the makeup of Utah’s State Board of Education and their responsibilities.  For me, the natural comparison comes from my experience at SkyWest Airlines where I have been employed for almost 40 years.  The stockholders of this publicly...

Technology

Going forward, I envision that technology will always have a place in Utah schools.  I feel, however, that technology’s place is to be a resource for students to access new opportunities for learning.  An example of this would be a tool to help Utah students gain much...

Testing

I am deeply concerned with the excessive amount of testing that has replaced learning opportunities. I believe that teachers, parents, administrators and state authorities can solve this dilemma by looking at the scope of educational learning and making a cooperative...

Preparation

As a classroom teacher, I am on the frontline of education. Most of the decisions made by the board impact our classrooms immediately: I teach the curriculum prescribed, I give the mandated tests, I use the contracted software. I also witness the impacts on the...