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Chandra Reyna

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Nampa School Board Zone 3

• Tracey Pearson

Mailing Address: 2734 Klamath Ln Nampa, ID 83686

• Chandra Reyna

QUESTIONS

Q: What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

Tracey Pearson: -no response-

Chandra Reyna: If elected I hope to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff by advocating for proper health protocols in schools. However, while the pandemic is at the center of school board conversations, our district is facing other issues that are simultaneously being exacerbated and masked by the pandemic. I also hope to close achievement and discipline gaps among students of color and low-income students and make schools more accessible to non-English speaking families and children with disabilities. We cannot say we are serving all students equitably until these inequalities are remedied.

Q: What experiences have prepared you for this office?

Chandra Reyna: I have a history of advocacy work for and among students of color and students who experience marginalization in educational settings at the university level. I have held multiple leadership positions in higher ed and I currently serve as an Education Specialist at BSU where I teach and mentor first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families. I also attended Nampa schools, have children in the district, and intimately know our community and its needs. I plan to bring my personal and professional experience in advocating for students to the Nampa School Board.

Q: What do you see as the most significant challenges residents of this area face that you might be able to address in this position?

Chandra Reyna: COVID aside, the most significant challenge our schools face is remedying the systemic inequalities students of color experience. Nampa School District has been struggling to provide equitable education since I was a student 17 years ago. Students of color graduate less, participate in AP classes less but are disciplined more than their white counterparts. As a sociologist, I know this is not by chance. It is a symptom of longstanding racial inequalities in education settings. I plan to bring these issues to light and advocate for comprehensive, equitable solutions.

Q: Is there anything else you wish to tell the voters?

Chandra Reyna: Many of the issues I highlight are personal. I dropped out of Nampa High in my junior year due to continual poor treatment from the school. I later started college as a nontraditional first-generation student with two toddlers. In college, I found the guidance, mentorship, and community I desperately needed as a young woman trying to find her way. The support I received allowed me to believe I could change my life trajectory—and I did. I personally know the power of support and mentorship to students’ success in our schools and beyond. I hope to cultivate this sentiment in Nampa schools.

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