Phoenix, AZ - Tracy Livingston, an 18-year veteran public school teacher, and member and former President of the Maricopa County Community College District board, has announced a challenge to incumbent Diane Douglas for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Arizona.
"I am a public-school teacher," said Tracy, before continuing: "I am a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids, but the restrictions I am forced to teach under now mean I simply can't do the things I set out to do in the classroom. For 18 years, I have worked with some of the most disadvantaged students in our system. In that time, there have been many changes to our public-school system, few of them good. I have seen changes that have taken away the ability of teachers to work with students to create instruction and curriculum that meets their specific needs. I have watched as our school leaders became obsessed with test
scores. I've seen the breakdown in classroom discipline leaving teachers who are afraid of their own classrooms.
The non-traditional student of 25 years ago is the traditional student today. Two parent households seem like the exception, not the rule, and with that have come changes in what our kids need. We need a system that strives to meet their individual needs through flexibility and choice. We need a system that holds everyone accountable, yet still leaves room for creativity. And we need great teachers ready to tackle these challenges head-on.
Diane Douglas promised to end Common Core and give teachers back the power in our classrooms. That hasn't happened. After 18 years in the classroom, I know what it takes to get that done. It's time for a teacher to lead our schools."
Mrs. Livingston is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School, and a Masters of Education.
First elected in 2014, Tracy is a member and former President of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board. Before that, she served two years on the Peoria Unified School Board. Tracy has also served as an elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 22 since 2011.
Tracy and her husband, David, have one son, Kyle, who is an EMT in Prescott, Arizona. David Livingston is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. The family currently lives in Peoria with their two rescue Siberian Huskies, Katie and Spencer.