Letter: Meghan Lukens is the qualified candidate to support public education, the environment | SteamboatToday.com

Letter: Meghan Lukens is the qualified candidate to support public education, the environment

Meghan Lukens understands the complexity of what it means to serve as state representative and has the education and career background to make the right decisions for our diverse district. Meghan was a student in my creative writing class her senior year, my colleague at Steamboat Springs High School in our humanities department and is a dedicated environmentalist who I collaborate with in my current work for river advocacy. We need a highly educated representative like Meghan who has consistently exhibited a dedication to improving society through actionable public service.

Meghan knew in high school that she wanted to teach history so she could inspire students to participate in democracy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado Boulder with licensure in secondary education. After taking various teaching positions both nationally and internationally, Meghan earned her master’s in educational policy at CU-Denver to gain the understanding and credentials necessary to improve public education on a broader scale and then spent three years teaching at one of Colorado’s top-rated public charter schools, Peak to Peak, where her course load included both AP U.S. Government and Economics.

In 2021, Steamboat Springs High School was fortunate that Meghan returned as a history teacher because she wanted to give back to the beautiful hometown that raised her to care about public service and excel academically. Meghan works tirelessly in our schools and supports public education because she knows it offers all people the opportunity to grow and succeed. We need a local teacher with a deep understanding of educational policy advocating for our rural schools at the state legislature.

As I have shifted my own career path from teaching to river advocacy, I now work with Meghan on environmental issues. The same passion she brings to cultivating educated citizens, she brings to solving Colorado’s toughest environmental challenges.

The Colorado Education Association and Conservation Colorado, along with many other organizations, endorse Meghan Lukens because she is the highly educated and service-orientated candidate we need to help solve the dilemmas that face public education and the climate threats in our district.

Jenny Gabriel Shea

Oak Creek

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