Koszarek: Voting for Dena Kimble for AJ school board, for her perseverance

As a longtime community member and a past parent of kids who attended the Apache Junction Unified School District, I am casting one of my votes for Dena Kimble.

Paula Koszarek

My past experience with her has been since our kids were in grade school. They now are both in college and well on their way to their adult stages.

One word that comes to mind when I think of Dena is “perseverance.” Definition: “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”

In all the years that I’ve known, worked with and volunteered with Dena, she is determined to complete what she sets out to do. She isn’t afraid to go for the big prize and set the bar high. With regard to the school board, this can and does take time. I would like to see the changes currently set in motion continue to fruition.

I have seen the devastation over the years in this district of stirring the pot and making change after change after change and in my opinion, it hurt the schools badly. We lost many, many teachers, we lost morale, we lost momentum and sadly, we lost the hearts and respect of the children. And while I feel fresh blood and new ideas should always be welcomed, I don’t feel that chucking ideas and changing direction is always the most beneficial. Make adjustments, yes, but “stay the course.”

When I asked her why she wanted to continue to remain on the board, her response was simple, “I set out to make changes for the good of this district and I have to see them through. I have to finish what was started.” I like that in a person. And I know it’s not always an easy road to travel.

Teachers are at the heart of the success of each child’s academics and Dena is a sharp and strong person who has always been fair and equal to every teacher. Her ultimate goal is to see each child learn well, have the proper tools to learn well and the support and will to make that happen.

Paula Koszarek
Apache Junction

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