Michelle Helm during the Tempe Union High School District candidates forum at Mountain Pointe High School on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

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Age: 67

City: Tempe

Campaign info: MichelleHelm.com or (480) 966-2064

Why are you running for Tempe Union High School District’s governing board?

I have always been passionate about providing an excellent education for the children of our community, and I have considered it my honor to sit on the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board, currently as president.

I am running for re-election because I believe that my educational knowledge and board experience are an asset to the governing board.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue in the district and how will you address it if elected?

A current and important issue facing Tempe Union High School District and all school districts in Arizona is training our students and teachers in the Arizona Common Core Standards.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is an assessment projected to be administered in the 2014 school year. One of the PARCC’s goals is to generate data to measure school, district, and educator effectiveness.

Our students must be prepared and ready to succeed on this computer-based assessment.

What are your qualifications?

I hold a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership.

I have 25 years of classroom teaching experience and understand the demands placed on students and teachers by high stake tests.

During my tenure on the board, I have supported Peggy Payne Academy and all gifted and advanced programs, Hope Medical Academy, W. P. Carey program, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), Sustainability Initiative, Dual Enrollment with ASU and Maricopa Community Colleges, AVID, JAG, International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Summer Bridge Program.

We have begun Compadre Academy as a School of Choice and enlarged our online programs.

Last year’s graduates earned more than $58 million in scholarships, and our district was given an “A” letter grade from the Arizona Department of Education.

While working on these programs, and many others, we have maintained a balanced budget and have supported an excellent staff.

I believe my hard work and dedication to the Tempe Union High School District qualifies me for another term on the board.

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