A message from Aimy Steele:
I can no longer sit by and watch teachers debate whether they should work an extra job or spend more time prepping for class. I can no longer band-aid cases of children coming to school without basic necessities so they can concentrate on learning and I can not sit stagnate when it takes working families over an hour to get from home to work on our public transit system. It is not enough to be anything less than an assertive advocate for those suffering from the opioid crisis which has spilled into our schools. I am running to be in a constant state of advocacy for people, and making sure our collective voices are heard.
Together We Can Make Families
Strong Like Steele!
Teachers impact every child and every adult in our nation. They deserve to be paid enough to support their own families without having to get a second job and not be able to make a decent wage. I know first hand that the time and energy it takes to prepare to meet our children’s individual needs are tremendous. I taught Spanish and I was an assistant principal and a principal and I am passionate about learning and hold a PhD in education. Teachers and school administrators who care and give their all deserve above average wages and it is not acceptable to be 39th nationally in education.
Children are near and dear to my heart. Michael and I are blessed with five of them. Between them and the children I’ve taught and advocated for over the years, I can tell you they need responsible adults in office who know first-hand how laws and policies affect them. Every child deserves a high-quality education starting from early childhood. That can happen in public schools when people in office are actually connected to the communities and schools they serve. On the ground experience is what I bring, and I will not stop fighting for our students and teachers!
Everyone should have access to high quality and affordable healthcare – from birth, to every stage of life. When it’s not there and a parent has to miss work because of mounting health issues that could have been prevented with affordable healthcare, the entire family suffers. Preventative care has to be a priority, whether they are dental, visual, or physical screenings, regardless of insurance coverage.
Cabarrus county is one of the worst counties in our state for opioid abuse and nearly every one of us has been touched in one way or another by this epidemic. For me, it came when a department of social services worker showed up at my school and informed me of a case about a case of opioid abuse by a family of adults, which had trickled down to their child. This was not the only family affected by this in our school system and this is an epidemic that deserves our utmost attention. We need appropriate funding and training for our first responders and hospitals and better preventive measures in place that allow us to be proactive and prevent further incidents.
All children should have access to stable situations that can lead to high-quality jobs, above average living wages, and the ability to make their own way in life. When our youth have more stability in their lives they are able to thrive in our society as adults and lead productive lives. Ensuring all children have an equal opportunity is essential to this.