Ms. Susan Fry -
Ms. Susan Fry - I joined the Tanque Verde Unified School District (TVUSD) Governing Board in 2015, in the hopes of helping to make a great school district even better. I am a mother of three young children. My nine year old is in third grade, my six year old is in kindergarten, and my youngest just turned one. It is important to me to offer them, along with all of the students in the District, the best educational opportunities available. I bring unique early childhood knowledge to the Governing Board, along with a background in youth development and k-12 education.
Since joining the TVUSD in August of 2015, I have served on the District’s preschool committee, working to determine next steps around early childhood education within TVUSD. Beyond the board, I recently had the opportunity to work with the State Superintendent for Public Instruction, k-12 educators, early childhood professionals, representatives from ADE, and funders, leading a taskforce on an upcoming Kindergarten Developmental Inventory tool that is currently being introduced in Arizona.
My background is in philanthropy (M.A. in Philanthropic Studies) and public health (M.P.H. in child and maternal health). I own and run my own consulting business, and I have spent twenty years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, focused primarily on issues of children, youth, and families. For the last ten years, I have run the Arizona Parent Kit project, a statewide early childhood and parent education program funded by First Things First. I have also done statewide education work, facilitated town halls and focus groups, and completed feasibility studies on various topics. I am passionate about children and look forward to ongoing work in the nonprofit and funding communities.
While Tanque Verde Unified School District is currently an exceptional district, I hope to leave it in an even better place, with strong curriculum in all four schools, good teacher retention and recruitment, a high satisfaction rate from parents, and high achieving students who go on to do great things in Arizona and beyond.