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Occupation: retired teacher

Age: 58

Education: Associates of Arts degree in Executive Secretarial from the University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCCS, Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS

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Experience: I've been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1986 and have lived in the HSD2 district since 2003. I have twenty years of teaching experience in Colorado Springs from grades K-8. I taught ten of those years in the Harrison D-2 school district at the middle school level. I facilitated the Gifted and Talented program at my school and with that position I was able to continue working with my former students when they were at the high schools. I've served on numerous committees both at the building and district level and held many leadership positions in my school.


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Joyce Leigh


Race / District Information

District Harrison School District 2
Term / Board Seat 4 years
# of Available Seats 3

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?

Our district has to "toot our horn" about our accomplishments! We need to strengthen our public relations with the community and get our stakeholders informed about our cutting edge programs and our rising test scores. Our enrollment has increased and we are fully accredited. We implement innovative programs like the "Schools of Promise" and partner with local colleges to give our graduates a start on college. We need to publicize our successes!

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?

I would concentrate on improving our educational technology which is one of our five goals. Our students deserve to be able to compete with their peers and be taught the skills to help them be college and career ready.

This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?

Our Board of Education has a process and I would rely on the experts to not shortchange our students. The money needs to be equitable across the district and I would like it to be put on a technology upgrade and to recruit and train the best and the brightest teachers especially ELD, SPED, Math and Science teachers.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?

I think there are two reasons why proficiency rates don't rise. One is a failure of districts to align their curriculum to the standards and the other is their failure to train their teachers to implement interventions with fidelity before, during and after the school day.


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