There is No I (am a child of god) in TEAM: PUSD Retreat

Hey Secular Fam, Happy Pride Month!

I can usually only stomach one meeting per week, but when I found out that Peoria (PUSD) was having a board retreat just one week after the last meeting, I decided I should go. We all need to participate in our democracy or it might just go away. These meetings are not live streamed, so I drove to the westside. .

I wanted to see how this board operates outside of the board room.

I walked into the building located at the Rio Vista Recreation Center, and sat in a room with a few familiar faces. There were a couple of staffers from the district, newly hired Superintendent, Dr. KC Somers, a facilitator, Dr. Steve Joel, and Board Members Ewing, Proudfit, and Sandoval. There were only a few of us in the audience, and Board Member Rooks was phoning in.

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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.

Author: 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.