BY MELANIE COLGAN
LAPS Board Member
I am running for re-election to the Los Alamos School Board District 4 seat because I believe that every student deserves access to a high-quality education. As a current Los Alamos School Board member and a parent of five children who attend LAPS, I know firsthand the challenges that students and teachers face in our education system. If re-elected, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our schools have the resources they need to provide a world-class education to our students. This includes advocating for increased funding for our schools, improving teacher training and retention, and promoting policies that support student achievement.
As a nursing professor at Northern New Mexico College, I have seen the importance of having qualified teachers who receive the resources and support they need to help students thrive. Too many New Mexican students attend K – 12 schools that lack experienced teachers and resources that lead to success after graduation. I will continue to fight to make sure this will not happen in Los Alamos. I will support policies that attract and retain the best educators and ensure they have the resources they need to succeed.
Finally, I am passionate about student well-being, and I will prioritize programs that address mental health, bullying, drug abuse, and provide opportunities for extracurricular activities. I believe that a well-rounded education that addresses students’ social and emotional needs is essential for their overall success.
My personal experiences as a parent, community advocate, and education professional have prepared me well for this role. I hold a master’s degree in Nursing Education and have volunteered in various capacities in my children’s schools, sports teams, and scout troops. As a current LAPS Board Member, I have advocated for policies that improve education outcomes for all students.
I look forward to continuing my service on the Los Alamos Public School Board. I humbly ask for your support in the upcoming election.