Co President of LAFSE
High School English Teacher, Los Alamos Public Schools
I first became involved with teacher's unions while I was an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma. I served as President of Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA), a branch of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), from 2009-2011. In that position, my role included organizing student participation in key Oklahoma legislation concerning the rights of students and teachers and funding for public school systems. Serving the needs of students enrolled at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, I worked with community leaders to provide resume workshops, hold panels with public school superintendents and principals, organize volunteer projects at underserved public schools in the Oklahoma City Metro, and sponsor OGET, OSAT, and OPTI trainings
I joined the staff at Los Alamos High School as an English teacher and became a LAFSE member in 2014. Since that time, I have served the roughly 600 employee bargaining unit at Los Alamos Public Schools as the Vice-President of Certified Employees, Secretary, and Los Alamos High School Building Representative. I was appointed as President of the union in July 2021 upon former President Whitney Holland's ascension to President of New Mexico AFT. In this role, I work with the LAPS superintendent, staff, and community partners to influence district operations to be fair and equitable for all employees, negotiate raises, benefits, and working conditions which meet the needs of the certified and classified members, and uphold terms of the contracts when employees are in conflict with the district.