My earliest memories are my mother and I. She worked hard to pay her way through college ending up with several degrees. In any other occupation you would say she over educated herself. But she was a teacher and that’s what teachers do. They learn, they share.
Growing up I was surrounded by teachers at school and my mom’s friends. They are amazing people. Every moment of every day is a chance to observe, to learn, to improve.
Even after my mother retired from the Missouri public school system, she couldn’t sit still. She knew there were kids that needed a teacher. She took a job over an hour away to work at a private school for autistic children.
Teachers are one of our most important assets. They give every child possibilities for the future. They are the foundation of every great business mind, every great leader, every artist and every next teacher.
We can never be grateful enough, or supportive enough for what teachers give us. Thankfully the AFT is there. They keep a vigilant eye on legislators, they take care of their members, they are the protectors of our teachers.
Education in Missouri is one of my three pillars. Not because it’s cool, not because it reads well in focus groups, but because it’s my family, it’s close to my heart and as a future legislator I can tell you education has a massive economic impact.
I’m proud to have the support of AFT and I pledge stand beside them to work for our teachers and all of Missouri’s children.