|Address||69 West Willetta St |
Phoenix, Arizona , United States
|| June 26, 1942
Jun 27, 2021 10:06am
|Info||Lela Ruth Alston |
A Phoenix native and product of Phoenix Elementary and Phoenix Union High School District, Lela Alston is a staunch believer in public school education. In addition to her eighteen years of service as an Arizona State Senator. Lela taught Family and Consumer Science in Phoenix Union for thirty-four years. Her teaching career included stints at West, Maryvale, Alhambra, Metro Tech and Bostrom high schools. She received her Bachelor of' Science at the University of Arizona, taught one year in Tucson and earned a Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Arizona State University. Her professional preparation, teaching experience, and community service enable Lela to be a strong and effective advocate for children and their families.
As a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Board, Lela hopes to join a team of students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and board members who will focus on helping each child reach his/her full potential as shown by increased test scores, higher graduation rates, continuation after graduation to college, and other post-secondary opportunities. Lela is a strong supporter of Career and Technical Education.
Helping students and families overcome barriers that keep them from achieving these goals will be a primary focus of Lela's tenure on the Phoenix Union High School District Board. Lela has demonstrated her commitment to student well-being by forming several community partnerships while at Metro Tech including a primary health care Wellness Center, an evening school dinner program, additional classroom computers, voter registration drives, and arts outings
She believes that all students can be successful and that it is our responsibility to support and encourage student learning and success. All students deserve our attention: the gifted, the challenged and all those in-between.
Ms. Alston was instrumental in joining and working with the team whose focus on the educational needs of Phoenix and Westside citizens led to the establishment of ASU West Campus, a career highlight of which she is most proud.
Lela has been honored for her work in many ways. Standing out among those awards is the naming of the Lela Alston Elementary School in the Isaac District, being designated as an Honorary State Firefighter, and receiving the Girl Scout "World of Children" award in 2002.
As a district of choice, PUHSD schools should be welcoming and safe, offering programs which suit student abilities and interests. Already it is a fine district and can, and should be, recognized as a great district - a first class destination.
Endorsements received to date include the Phoenix Union Classroom Teachers and AZ School Works.