Republican Arizona educator running for state Senate seat
Kelly said the governor’s plan is a “great first step” in providing much-needed funding for public schools.
“But I feel that we can do more,” she said. “I feel that we need to find sustainable funding for education.”
A teacher on and off for several years, Kelly said she has seen the effects of education funding cuts. She said at Scottsdale’s Laguna Elementary School, where she teaches, funding cuts have led to a shortage of counselors, who she said are key to helping students deal with mental health issues.
She said teachers have also had to take on a bigger role in the lives of students.
“You’re not just a teacher, you’re also a counselor and a caregiver,” she said.
In addition to teaching, Kelly operated a small business for seven years and has experience in education policy. She moved to Arizona from California 14 years ago.