A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION FOR EVERY STUDENT IN WASHINGTON
We have a responsibility to ensure that all kids in Washington have access to a quality public education. There are so many factors that contribute to the successes and difficulties our students may face in their academic career. Our approach to education should be holistic, thoughtful, and committed to giving students the skills they need to thrive not just as workers but also as healthy, happy humans.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
I support increasing access to early childhood education. Effective pre-K programs teach our students how to be curious learners, decrease language barriers for ESL students and provide critical access to socialization that helps kids learn how to regulate their emotions and better prepares them to be successful in their education.
A growing number of Washington students are relying on special education services to achieve success in school. We must ensure that schools have the resources needed to run programs that fully meet the needs of these students.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Our education system should be preparing students for their futures. Academics are only one ingredient to creating a well-rounded young adult. Access to mental health services geared towards the particular challenges students face are important to building resiliency and giving students the tools they need to lead a healthy, happy life.
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE
As a theater professional, I know the critical role the arts can play in the lives of our students. Art provides an outlet for self-expression that helps our students better understand their own experiences . The ability to think creatively is an asset to many careers, and early access to the arts can introduce students to professions in the $763.6 billion arts industry in the United States. Whether it's singing, acting, playing an instrument, painting, drawing, photography, or photography, art provides an outlet and opportunity to our students.
Investing in the future of our students also means providing access education options that include vocational training, apprenticeships, and technical schooling. A bachelor's degree is not the only path to success for our Washington students and providing training and trade schools for hands-on careers will fill gaps in our workforce and provide access to good-paying jobs to our students.
INTERNET ACCESS FOR ALL
The internet has revolutionized the way humans access information and it's altered the way our students learn. But not all students have access to high-speed internet which stunts their ability to learn and progress alongside their peers. That's why I support making the internet a public service to level the playing field for our students.