Warning, Secular Fam: this is NOT a school board update.
I hope everyone is holding up. We’re all living with collective existential anxiety (and have been for the last eight or so years), and it wears on you, right?
The other thing is that we rarely acknowledge it. Everyone is driving to work, clocking in, getting kids to their ball games or cheer practice, and meanwhile, the world feels like it’s crumbling around our ears, amirite?
Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director
JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.