Joy has been endorsed by the Washington Education Association two years in a row and has the experience and perspective we need to ensure every student has access to a quality and equitable public education. She has taught in our community’s public schools and been an advocate for students and their families. Based on her experience in the classroom and as a mother, she knows that smaller class sizes and more wraparound services are needed for our students in the way of counselors, social workers, and nurses, to assist our students with childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Adding more of these important resources in our school systems, and fully funding education is critical to setting our children up for success. Joy will fight for increased funding for early education, more robust access to apprenticeships and vocational training programs, and affordable higher education. Joy knows that creating opportunities for our students coming out of high school and continuing their education is vital to the long term health of our region and to building a strong economy. Protecting our public schools will be one of Joy’s top priorities as our state handles and emerges from the coronavirus. She’ll fight hard to keep teachers in the classroom, protect programs and services, and make sure that our schools thrive as we come out of this unprecedented situation.