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By Carolyn Classen, blogger
“Seven candidates are running for four-year terms on the Tucson Unified School District Board, and five will appear at DGT’s October 19 meeting:
  • Ravi Grivois-Shah
  • Natalie Luna Rose
  • Adam Ragan
  • Sadie Shaw
  • Cindy Winston

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qfuCvqT4jE9RubADN-A3TZ9cW9bc_8O9h


Sadie Shaw

Sadie Shaw

Sadie Shaw is an artist, art educator, and community advocate from Tucson, AZ. She earned her BFA in Art & Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona. She is the former president of the Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, serving two terms from 2018-2020. Because of her work in the neighborhood, Sadie was nominated by Ward 3 Council Member, Paul Durham, to serve on the City of Tucson’s Public Art & Community Design Committee. She also serves on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for both the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona as well as the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, where she is the education program co-chair. Sadie’s passion for art, community engagement, and activism, pushed her to create the Sugar Hill Oral History Project to collect and archive the stories of the neighborhood’s historic residents. Sadie is also a volunteer at TUSD, in the art program at Catalina High School. Her passion for art and community advocacy led her to run for a seat on the TUSD governing board.

 

Natalie Luna Rose

Natalie Luna Rose

Natalie Luna Rose is a proud alumnus of TUSD and now a candidate for the TUSD Governing Board. As a parent, Natalie has always been active in her daughter’s education, serving as President of both the Booster Club and Site Council at her elementary school. As a founding member of the Tucson Unified Parent Advocacy Council (TUPAC), Natalie has worked to advocate for better policies, sustainable funding, and strong public schools at the AZ State Legislature. She has been involved in grassroots organizing for almost 20 years in Tucson and has participated in the public process at all levels. Currently, at the Arizona Center for Disability Law, she provides strategic leadership on community outreach and engagement.

 

Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah

Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah — candidate for the TUSD Governing Board — is a proud and active TUSD parent, married to an educator, and is a community family physician. Dr. Ravi, until recently, was the Medical Director of the Alvernon Family Medicine clinic of Banner Health / University of Arizona where he was a core residency faculty member, and also served as Medical Director of the Mobile Health Program which provides free care to marginalized communities in Tucson. He joined the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) as its CEO at the end of September.

 

Cindy Winston

Cindy Winston is an experienced 28-year science educator working to establish trust, provide fiscal responsibility, and encourage investment in our public schools. Selected as “Teacher of the Year” two years in a row at COLE (Catalina Online Learning Experience) 2017-2018 and 2018-19. Recognized by South West Gas for Excellence in Science Teaching 2016, Recognized by the University of Arizona Women in Science and Engineering for Excellence in Community Outreach, 2013. St. Philips in the Hills vestry member 2011, Boy Scout Leader 2007-2016. Parent of two Eagle Scouts and Sabino High School Graduates. Wife of Dr. David Winston, MD, Ph.D. Medical Examiner 17 years in Pima County.

 

Adam Ragan

Adam Ragan says: As the product of public education, from pre-k to grad school, I know education opens doors. It did for me. Coming from a working-class family where money was tight, but our values were strong, I know struggle. I’m a first-generation college student who’s worked since 14. I’m not scared of hard work either. My word is my bond. I walk the talk. I’ve dedicated my career to public education because it’s given me so much. I believe in paying it forward. That’s why I’m running: I’m ready to take my classroom perspective to the board to make TUSD work better.

I love being in the classroom teaching my students to critically think and foster a growth mindset. Every day, every decision I make puts students first. I’ll be your family’s voice on the board. I have experience writing curricula, approving materials, creating lessons, holding administrators accountable, and ensuring the budget is spent on kids. I have a deep knowledge of education law/policies and the desegregation order. It’s time for a new chapter in TUSD’s history. Let’s write that chapter together.

 

Statements of all 11 (sic, 7) candidates can be found at http://www.schools.pima.gov/elections/2020-governing-board-candidate-statements.”

Carolyn’s note:  Not participating in this DGT forum are  Cristina Mennella, who is a write in candidate listed on the website, and Nick Pierson, a Republican who ran against CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva in Nov. 2018.

Tucson Education Assn. (TEA) recently endorsed Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah,  Natalie Luna Rose and Adam Ragan, after their candidate forum on Sept. 23. Arizona List has endorsed Natalie Luna Rose only.  Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named Adam Ragan as one of the 40 Under 40 Great Leaders of 2020.

Arizona Daily Star recently endorsed on October 7, 2020 the same 3 candidates as has TEA – Dr. Ravi, Natalie and Adam.

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