I am a retired teacher and school counselor who would like to represent you in the MO House District 156. I'm a native of Taney County and grew up in Forsyth. I currently reside in Branson. I graduated from Forsyth High then earned my bachelors degree in education at Missouri State University; my masters degree in school counseling at the University of Missouri--Columbia; and my doctorate in educational leadership and policy at Vanderbilt University. As a retired teacher I was surprised to see over 120 K-12 education bills pre-filed for the 2022 legislative session. Most were not supportive of public education. The incumbent has been named a "School Choice Champion" and I feel we need a "Public School Champion" in the Missouri House. The incumbent has also described himself as "probably the rightest of right-wings within the Republican party right now". Although I am a Democrat, I am a moderate. I think we need a moderate with common sense in the Missouri House.