Jeanne Casteen, Governing Board President

Jeanne Casteen

Jeanne Casteen is a dedicated and passionate educator from Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from ASU (summa cum laude) with a degree in Human Communication and History in 2008, Jeanne entered into the teaching profession through the Teach for America (TFA) program. She received a Masters in Secondary Education in 2010 from ASU.

Seeing how policies, often made by those completely disconnected from education, had real consequences for her students, she decided to run for the Creighton School District (CSD) Governing Board in 2012 and currently serves as clerk of the board. During her short seven years in education, teaching in Title I schools, she has worn many hats. She a dedicated mother to her four children, and throughout the years, she has coached middle school girls sports, acted as a site steward and communications chair for her local union, became PLC leader for her sophomore English team, became certified as an IB and AVID instructor, worked closely with at-risk youth at an Anytown Camp in 2013 and 2014, and most recently, she was chosen as part of the Arizona Department of Education’s Title 15 Working Committee designed to review outdated and harmful state education statutes with the intention of presenting recommendations to the Arizona State Legislature during the next legislative session. She is currently working at the Maricopa County Education Services Agency as a summer fellow researching policy barriers for “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth. This work, as well as her work as a governing board member, her activism on various political campaigns throughout the state, and most importantly, her work in the classroom, have given Ms. Casteen a holistic understanding of the challenges facing our youth today and how now, more than ever, we must address the inequities inherent in our education system.

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