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.
Mr. Jeremy Schalk - One of the reasons I moved to the Tanque Verde Valley in 2010 is because of the Tanque Verde Unified School system. My wife and I have three small children, and our family values education. I decided to run for the school board to be involved in and give back to my community. I want to contribute not only to my children’s education but to all children attending the Tanque Verde schools.
I have volunteered in a number of high school CTE projects throughout Pima County for several years. My business, training and education background is geared toward the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and my hope is to be able to continue sharing my experience and expertise in that area.
I am a Vice President of Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering in Tucson. I have an MBA from the University of Arizona – Eller College, and a BS from Ohio State University. Throughout my work experience I’ve held a variety of positions from Industrial Control Engineer, to Quality Manager and Marketing Manager.