Thank you to the ESE unit for welcoming me onto the team! I started as the Deputy Associate Superintendent of the ESE unit in July, 2020, and it has been a great first seven months. I have an incredibly strong team comprised of professionals with diverse backgrounds, all extremely motivated to meet the needs of our LEAs as we process grants related to the consolidated application. I come to the ESE unit from Agua Fria Union High School District where I was the interim principal of Millennium High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to that, I was the federal programs director for the district. I started my career in North Dakota as an English teacher, and I’ve taught English (everything from AP to Read 180 and ELs) in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Utah. From the classroom I went into administration as a high school principal in North Dakota and in Phoenix before going to Agua Fria. I am passionate about equity and access for all students as well as systemic professional development for educators, so that collectively, we can meet the needs of our most vulnerable students. I hope my background in school site leadership, federal programs and the consolidated application, professional development (including PLCs), and building frameworks for guaranteed and viable curriculum will be a benefit to ADE, our unit, and our LEAs. I look forward to continuing the excellent work of the ESE unit to provide rich professional development and technical assistance to LEAs to ensure equity, access and excellence for all students.