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A Brighter Future for Kids, Families, and Communities

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ABOUT ME

Putting My Education Experience to Work for Kids, Families, and Communities 

I'm a Mom. 

I’m an Educator.

I’m Experienced.

I’m running for East Valley Institute of Technology School Board for District 5!

 

  • Passion:  I’m an educator who came from industry to make a significant difference in education. I'm passionate about supporting learning and achievement for kids, families, the public school system, and communities. I’ve got 27 years of progressively responsible education experience to bring to the EVIT table. 

 

  • Why I’m Running:  I’m running for this school board position because I believe in the difference the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) can make! The expansion of programs for kids and adults, and the collaborative partnerships educators, business and industry can bring provides for the betterment of all. That's right... Economic opportunity and prosperity for all. That is why I’m running to make a difference to support kids, families, and communities! 

POSITIONS I HAVE HELD:
  • Career and Technical Education Director
  • High School Principal
  • Special Education Director
  • Public Information Officer
  • High School Business Teacher
  • Grant writer
  • State and Federal Programs Director
  • Early College and Outreach Programs Director
  • Adjunct Education Faculty
  • Adjunct Business Faculty
  • Clinical Education Supervisor (development of new teachers)
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
 
  •  2021 to Present:    Board Member, ROSAmerica (Revealing Origin Stories of America)

  • 2021 to Present:    Board Member, Mesa Preservation Foundation

  • 2020 to Present:   Public Speaker / Outreach, VOICES for CASA Children, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2019 to Present:    Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Advocate for foster youth

  • 2018 to Present:    Member, Arizona School Administrators, Phoenix, AZ

  • 2017 to Present:     Member, International Council of Professors of Education Leadership

  • 2015 to Present:    Board Secretary Chairperson, Supervisory Committee, San Tan Credit Union, Chandler, AZ

    • Calling former board members

  • 2014 to Present:    Chairperson (2016-2022, Planning and Boundary Design Advisory Panel (PABDAC), Mesa     Public Schools, Mesa, AZ

    • Former Mesa School Board developers

  • 2014 to 2021:          Chairperson (2016 - 2018), Co-Chairperson (2020 - 2021 Board Member, Historic Preservation Board, City of Mesa, AZ (Term Expired)

    • 3 former board members

    • Own or preserve, individuals

  • 2007 to Present:    Governing Board Member, East Valley Arabian Horse Association, Gilbert, AZ

    • Trumpy but like Laura

  • 2005 to Present:    Governing Board Member, San Tan Credit Union, Chandler, AZ

  • 2014 to 2016:           School Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC), Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ

    • Talk to parents she served with

 

ENDORSEMENTS:

  • Arizona Education Association

  • Linda Thor - Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board Member (At-Large)

  • Jenn Duff - Vice Mayor, City of Mesa

  • Kelli Butler - Member, Arizona House of Representatives (LD 28), Candidate for Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board (At-Large)

  • Kathy Hoffman - Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction

PUBLICATIONS:

  • 2021: Metcalfe, L., "Pushed Aside by COVID-19:  The Ongoing Challenges of a Foster Youth Advocate to Support a Native American Foster Child with Educational Attainment," Journal of Foster Care

  • 2020: Metcalfe L, & Perez, I., (co-authors), “Blinded by the Unknown: A School’s Leader’s Actions to Support Teachers and Students During COVID-19 School Closures, Journal of School Administration Research and Development (JSARD)

  • 2020: Metcalfe, L., Book Review: “The Dissertation Journey: A Practical Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending your Dissertation”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education 

  • 2020:  Metcalfe, L., “The Quest to Increase Student Academic Outcomes,” Journal of Educational Leadership in Action

NEWS

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  • Why EVIT?  East Valley Institute of Technology is a dynamic educational institution for kids and adults to earn industry-specific credentials to enter the workforce ready to learn, grow, and make a difference in their communities.  

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  • Because...  Arizona and the East Valley have an ongoing need for passionate and career-ready employees to be hired, and prepared for making a solid difference for themselves, their families, and their communities. Let's increase the number of qualified employees for the trade-focused industries and make a solid economic difference!

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