Focus on Education
for Marana Unified School District Governing Board 2024

Election day: November 5, 2024

About

We live in a rapidly changing world, where we cannot guarantee a secure future for our kids. We can, however, empower them with education: our most powerful tool. I seek to dismantle barriers to this process, fostering Marana's next generation of outstanding young citizens.

Who am I?

Hi! My name is Collin— I'm an engineer, husband, and science communicator. I lead R&D at S.Y.STEM Coalition's Tucson Chapter, where I create STEM curricula for K-12 students. I also attend various schools' science functions throughout Tucson, and I run an after school science club at my wife's school.

Why am I running for office?

My teachers gave more than the sum of knowledge they imparted on me: they empowered me with the passion for learning, something I strive to share. Sadly, many educators today, including my wife and many of my closest friends, face enormous barriers to inspiring that same passion in the next generation. It is profoundly disheartening to watch helplessly as those you love pour their whole hearts out, only to lose the hope their teachers once gave them. While each of their stories are unique and varied, there are common themes which resonate at the national level as obstructions to our schools' health. I seek to change that.

What exactly am I running for?

Marana Unified School District's governing board is the central authority which determines policy, selects curricula, oversees budget, and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations. It includes five elected volunteers who collaborate to serve the best interests of the schools and surrounding community. The board's members also serve as ambassadors to the community, ensuring that your voice as a parent, student, employee, or resident in the district is heard and considered. If elected, my role would be to work with my fellow electees to foster an inclusive and equitable learning environment where students thrive and Marana flourishes.

Priorities

  • Quality Education for Students

    Students come first. As any parent or teacher will reassure you, providing a valuable education to our students is paramount. This goes beyond just core subjects: technology, music, art, sports, and extracurricular activities are equally vital to a well-rounded childhood.

    Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted in-person learning, leading to significant losses in both academic progress and social growth on a national scale. As a community, we must redouble our efforts to provide students with the support they need to catch up academically and to foster the development of strong citizenship.

  • Support for Educators

    Behind every successful student is a dedicated educator, and there's no doubt that the dedication of our teachers should inspire awe, especially in today's world. Non-competitive compensation, blurred work boundaries, concentration of workload, worsening student behavior, academic setbacks, and politicization of curricula have led to us demanding far too much from our teachers.

    As a result, the turnover of educators is on the rise, and in response to a shortage of qualified and motivated candidates, many schools are consolidating classes, calling on support staff to be teachers, or outright waiving their hiring criteria. We shouldn't have to resort to reducing our expectations. Rather, we should be attracting talented and passionate teachers by offering both competitive benefits and comprehensive resources to all staff.

  • Focus on Education

    Education is the cornerstone of our community's success and the key to our children's future. My commitment is to prioritize the well-being and academic growth of our students. In our schools, the focus must remain squarely on giving every student the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    The free exchange of ideas is vital to democracy and cooperation, however it is not the responsibility of our kids to fight our political battles. Instead, we must foster an environment where critical thinking can thrive, free from interference from divisive political agendas. By shielding our schools, parents, and students from external pressures, we can ensure that our classrooms remain spaces of learning, exploration, and growth.

Get Involved

Petition for Me

The biggest help I currently need is gathering signatures. To get me on the ballot, you can help by:

  • Manning a table at the library
  • Going door-to-door
  • Attending local events
  • Circulating petitions within your network

How do I start?

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Contact Me

If you would like to help me on this journey, have questions or concerns regarding my priorities, or simply want to say "Hi," please drop me a message at [email protected].