CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA GARLAND
My name is Angela Garland and I am public school proud. It is this foundation that brings me to this moment here today, to declare my candidacy for the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education representing District C.
As a mother of four students in this district, a surrogate aunt and “pinch hitter” mom for a cadre of friends, I have a vested interest in continuing Cherry Creek’s legacy of excellence. There are over 55,000 reasons why we all should share in this commitment to excellence.
I am excited at the opportunities to engage students, teachers; parents; voters; and other community stakeholders in the Cherry Creek Future Forward initiative . The Future Forward initiative will serve as our “North Star” for instructional, workforce and operational excellence. This three pronged commitment to excellence will help guide the Cherry Creek Team in its goals of eliminating disparities in achievement; preparing tomorrow’s global leaders; combined with the expertise of a racially conscious and culturally competent workforce, together we will incorporate the academic, mental, and physical needs of students and staff in our daily operations and interactions.
Equitable and innovative learning experiences are the keys to our success. Our Cherry Creek Innovation Campus serves as a testament of what we can accomplish when students, teachers, parents and our business community come together to create an engaging and “future forward” focused experiences and for our students.
I am also excited to address the challenges facing the district, including recruiting and retention of teachers of color; the mental health of our students and community; fiscal issues in school funding; and the evolving conversation regarding the safety and security of our campuses.
In preparation for this journey, I have a lifetime of experience working with and advocating for youth. It is truly my passion and my life’s work. I have volunteered in various capacities since my children have been in the district including:
• The Cherry Creek Community Legislative
• 3AB campaigns; and
• Room Mother
Thank you for this opportunity. While no district is perfect, I am grateful for Cherry Creek’s willingness to “lean in” to address the complexities involved in educating our youth. I also appreciate the opportunities you have given me “to think, to learn, to achieve, to care.”
I want to give a special thanks to my husband, four of the most brilliant and precious “Babies” of all time, my parents, family and my “squad”—y’all know who you are.
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