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Alicia Vink taught Kindergarten after finishing her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has volunteered internationally, fostered 9 children as a licensed provider, served as elected chair for the local moms’ organization and my neighborhood children’s committee, and developed an in-home play-based preschool. She is running for governing board to ensure parent voices are heard and our schools are equitable for ALL students, teachers, and families.
Jacqueline Smith is a higher education professional and advocate who currently serves as Vice President at the Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University. She has also taught about civic leadership and cross sector collaboration.Jacqueline is a collaborative, future-forward problem solver who is wholeheartedly committed to access to higher education and student success. She appreciates the depth and breadth of the Maricopa Community Colleges’ offerings from workforce development to dual enrollment to community enrichment and more.
Nikkie Whaley was appointed to serve a two year term in March of 2017 and was reelected to a two-year term in November 2018. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in the areas of behavioral health and education and currently works for the Arizona School Boards Association providing leadership development to school boards across the state and promoting equity in education.
For over fifteen years, Triné has built her career working in, and around, education. She understands that by providing supportive educational environments to our youth, we build a foundation that allows for the development of skills that will serve students and their community well beyond high school. As a governing board member, she will serve the community by collaborating with parents, educators, administration, and community members to find solutions that best meet the needs of our children.
Sophia Ramirez is a Precinct Committee Person for the Democratic Legislative District 24, a volunteer of Moms Demand Action, and on the Democratic Latino Outreach Committee. Sophia was taught the value of hard work from a young age and raised to take decisive action in her community. She started with the Adios Arpaio campaign and blossomed from there. Sophia, in 2019 along with her aunt, launched a podcast which focuses on how Latina women have evolved into the women we want to be and become. Her vision is to unify children, the community, and the district.
Lindsey McCaleb has been an educator for 11 years, beginning on the Navajo Reservation. She taught in the Creighton School District for 5 years and holds a Master’s degree in Administration from ASU. She is currently the Technology Coach for the Balsz School District and has participated in many district committees, learning about how to improve the district, implement initiatives, and create positive school cultures that promote high academic achievement.
This is Amy’s second term serving on the Creighton School District. Amy has lived in Phoenix, in the Creighton district, for twenty-five years. Amy initially got involved with the Creighton school district as a committed parent volunteer at Biltmore Prep Academy. She served as PTO president and was instrumental in marketing and recruiting for Biltmore Prep’s Spanish Immersion program. As a volunteer, Amy has learned a lot about the challenges public schools face as well as the successes that are possible when you have the right team of people who are dedicated to making a difference for not just their own kids but for all of our children.
Deborah is a retired teacher who taught Banking, Finance and Investment for the Phoenix Union High School District at Metro Tech High School for 22 years. She is currently certified in Social Studies, History, and Vocational Education with endorsements in Economics, Business Education, Distributive Education and Co-operative Education. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Education 1990 and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2000.
As a parent of two SUSD graduates, community advocate, and award-winning educator, Julie supports equality of opportunity and collaborative decision-making as the means to move SUSD forward. Her diverse experiences and personal skill-set are unique and demonstrated by her extensive work in: curriculum development, assessment and grading, personnel evaluation, restorative justice, social-emotional wellness, school safety, and extensive school administration coursework. Her leadership on the Arizona Education Association Board of Directors, and as Scottsdale Education Association President enhances her commitment to excellence for ALL children.
Dr. Elizabeth Hart-Wells is a teacher, chemist, inventor and proud parent. She currently teaches chemistry at Glendale Community College, a campus that serves primarily Hispanic and Veterans communities. Dr. Hart-Wells is a critical and strategic thinker with proficient diplomatic skills exemplified by her professional experiences in science, higher education, policy, industry, and technology transfer. She brings a unique and transferrable skill set that, coupled with a strong work ethic, dedication and honesty, will benefit and inform governance.
Heather is a native Arizona resident. She is a qualified and certified teacher at Joseph A. Zito elementary school where she has been teaching upper grades (3-6) for nearly 20 years. She serves as President of Isaac District Education Association and represent the district members at both statewide and national conferences annually. Her desire to serve on the Creighton school board stems from my desire to create equity for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status and with the unique challenges of each and every student and family in mind.
Allison Ewers is a Tempe resident who is very involved in the business community. Being a mother of a 5-year-old boy, our future is her main concern. Allison is currently running for the Tempe Elementary School Board. Her philosophy is that it takes a strong army to raise a child, and that does not only include parents, teachers, administrators, and businesses, but local citizens of all ages. Everyone benefits immensely from strong local schools.
As a Tempe Union Alumna, Berdetta Hodge, serving as the president of multiple parent-teacher organizations, as a financial committee member for the Tempe Union High School District and the Tempe Elementary School District, Berdetta knows her district. She is a passionate advocate for children, families and education for the city of Tempe and wants to serve them on the board.