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Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 am

I am humbled by all the support I received from Peoria Unified School District stakeholders and families. It was important to me to run a campaign that was respectable and one that made a genuine connection with the community.

I believe we accomplished that and I am grateful for all the new relationships I made along the way.

I am excited to get to work and further along the “Tradition of Excellence” that PUSD continues to uphold, with an unwavering commitment to ensuring the success of “Every Student, Everyday, Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”

I want to make sure our students are ready for the 21st century workforce, responsible budget appropriations and district culture. For me, the starting point will be to focus on the culture of the district, for it is this that drives people, operations and outcomes.

I want to impress an environment of safe and supportive schools, influencing creativity and fostering innovation throughout the district for teachers, staff and students alike. Much of what our teachers, staff and coaches do on a daily basis to inspire hope and confi dence in our youth impacts much of what equates to a successful and thriving community, city and nation. It is in everybody’s best interest to demonstrate that we value our teachers and are committed to providing the necessary resources and competitive compensation. Our state’s teacher salaries are among the lowest in the country, the state requires so many exams and guidelines that seasoned teachers feel limited in their ability to be innovative. By teaching to a test, we are undermining the creativity of our students versus nurturing it. The most important thing we can do to achieve better academic results is to ensure there is a quality teacher in every classroom, and more importantly, keeping in mind that our teachers’ working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Our teachers and students both deserve supportive and innovative environments.

I will work hard to ensure that we are focused on supporting our teachers and staff. This means appropriating dollars and resources back into the classroom and establishing a culture of collaboration that is sensitive to emotional currency, a culture where teachers and staff are not only valued and respected, but also where they are part of the solution.

Editor’s note: Mr. Sandoval was elected to the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board, Nov. 8. He will join the board in January.

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