Meet Jeanne Casteen
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 excellent educational opportunities. Her children are the products of Arizona public schools, and she’s a product of Arizona community colleges and ASU.
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.
During her lifetime career in education, teaching exclusively in Title I schools, Jeanne has worn many hats: she has coached girls sports, acted as a site steward and communications chair for her local union, acted as PLC leader and instructional leader, became certified as an IB and AVID instructor, worked closely with high school students at an Anytown Camp in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015, Jeanne completed a summer fellowship at the Maricopa County Education Services Agency (MCESA) researching policy barriers for “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth. Most recently, she was elected president for the Creighton School Board, and in this role, received the Arizona School Public Relations Association (ASPRA) Award of Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education in 2017, and the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) Certificate of Boardsmanship in 2018.
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, educators, and communities 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.