Jeanne Casteen

Jeanne Casteen

Mother. Teacher. School Board President.

The Experienced Choice for 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ABOUT Jeanne

Jeanne Casteen is a dedicated and passionate educator from Phoenix, Arizona. Born in Illinois to two hard-working United Auto Workers, Jeanne moved to Arizona in 1991. She has watched as the state of Raul Castro and Rose Mofford has become a national spectacle for bad policies and hyper-partisan politics. Jeanne understands the importance of access to an accessible, affordable education. Her children and stepchildren are the products of Arizona schools, and she’s attended several junior colleges and a state university herself.

After graduating from ASU (summa cum laude) with a degree in Human Communication and History in 2008, Jeanne entered into the teaching profession through the Teach for America (TFA) program. She received a Masters’ in Secondary Education in 2010 from ASU. Seeing how policies- often made by those completely disconnected from education- had real consequences for her students, Jeanne decided to run for the Creighton School District (CSD) Governing Board in 2012 and currently serves as President of the board. Jeanne firmly believes that a child’s zip code should not determine their access to opportunity.

 
 
 

jeanne’s EXPERIENCE

During her lifetime career in education, teaching exclusively in Title I schools, Jeanne has worn many hats: she has coached middle school girls sports, acted as a site steward and communications chair for her local union, acted as PLC leader for her sophomore English team, became certified as an IB and AVID instructor, worked closely with at-risk youth at an Anytown Camp in 2013 and 2014, and most recently, she was chosen as part of the Arizona Department of Education’s Title 15 Working Committee designed to review outdated and harmful state education statutes with the intention of presenting recommendations to the Arizona State Legislature during the next legislative session. In 2015, Jeanne completed a summer fellowship at the Maricopa County Education Services Agency (MCESA) researching policy barriers for “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth.

This work, as well as her work as a governing board member, her activism on various political campaigns throughout the state, and most importantly, her work in the classroom, have given Ms. Casteen a holistic understanding of the challenges facing our youth today and how now, more than ever, we must address the inequities inherent in our education system. She currently works in the Isaac School District as a middle school teacher.

 

 

Platform

Every child, regardless of zip code, deserves access to an education that supports healthy personal growth.

Educational Equity


In an increasingly complex and digital 21st century, every child needs an education that develops critical problem-solving and social-emotional skills.

Honoring the Whole Child


Every person involved in our children’s education deserves to be treated with the dignity, respect, and wages their professions are due.

Respecting our Education Professionals

 
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