Lakewood, CO — Wednesday, September 16 – Karla Esser, a former public school teacher and recently retired Director of Graduate Programs for Licensed Teachers at Regis University, has received strong support from teachers and educators across Colorado in her bid for the Colorado State Board of Education in CD 7.
“Karla has classroom experience. She understands the needs of students, families, and teachers. We are proud to support her because we know she can solve problems and get things done,” said Susie Omeron, and ESL Resource Teacher and a member of Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA). JCEA has more than 3000 members throughout CD 7.
The Colorado State Board of Education is a 7-member elected body and plays a critical role in Colorado by setting policy that ensures our K-12 children have access to a quality and well-rounded public education, oversees teacher licensure, and manages school accountability.
“I have spent my life in the classroom working with students and teachers, and that’s why I am most prepared to serve in this position and help guide our state during these uncertain times,” said Esser. “With the serious funding issues and challenges COVID-19 brings to our students and parents, this is not the time to bring someone in for on-the-job training. I have a track record of collaborating with parents, teachers, and legislators to solve problems and get things done,” she stated.
In addition to the Colorado Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, Esser has received the backing from educators all across her district — Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA), District 12 Education Association (Adams 12), Brighton Education Association, Westminster Education Association, Adams 14 Education Association, and the Littleton Education Association.
Noting the importance of this position in setting policy across the state, Esser has also been endorsed by the Poudre Education Association, Colorado Springs Education Association, and the Aurora Education Association (where Karla began her career as an educator).
Esser’s top priorities in addition to ensuring a proper COVID-19 pandemic response in Colorado’s public schools include addressing the teen suicide epidemic in Colorado, tackling the teacher pay gap, and creating better accountability metrics for our students success.