Kara Woods announces candidacy for Yavapai County School Superintendent
My name is Kara Woods, and I am running for Yavapai County School Superintendent. I was born and raised in rural Northern Wisconsin. I attended Ripon College in Wisconsin, where I earned degrees in mathematics and physics. As a military wife for 27 years, until my husband retired as an Army colonel, I taught in schools across America as we moved for his military career. In 2013, our family moved to Prescott where I taught at Mile High Middle School for 4-1/2 years. After leaving teaching, I opened a small family business and was elected to the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board (PUSD). I am also a lifelong Republican and have been active in local Yavapai County politics.
My lifelong goal has always been to provide a great education to the next generation; to my own children at first, then to classrooms of children throughout my teaching career, and to an entire school district in Prescott, and now hopefully to all the children of Yavapai County.
I believe we in Yavapai County can and should do better for our children. The 2022-23 Arizona State testing shows Yavapai County scored 40% proficient in English and Language Arts (ELA), and 30% proficient in math by our full academic year (FAY) students. The Arizona averages of all FAY students was 42% proficient in ELA and 36% proficient in math. We can do better! Yavapai County is so unique, and I wholeheartedly believe our county should be the shining star of Arizona, providing the best education anywhere in the state.
As an advocate for school choice, I believe that parents and guardians are the first teachers of their children and know best how and what their children should be learning. Additionally, I see fiscal transparency as necessary to clearly show the citizens of Yavapai County how their money is being spent. Finally, I believe our schools need to focus more on the basics of education including math, reading, writing, science and fact-based history, while removing CRT, DEI, SEL and 1619 project instruction from our schools wherever it is found.
I believe that with my educational background, teaching experience, small business knowledge, and school board experience, I will be able to bring fresh, innovative ideas to the office of Yavapai County School Superintendent to help bring an excellent education to all the children of Yavapai County.
Information provided by Kara Woods.
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