Jeanne Casteen for Maricopa County School Superintendent

Jeanne CasteenBio of Jeanne Casteen

Jeanne Casteen is a Democratic candidate for the office of Maricopa County School Superintendent. Currently, Ms. Casteen serves as the President of the Creighton School District's Governing Board of Education. She was elected to this position by her peers on the Board after serving for 6 years and being re-elected twice to the School Board by her neighbors and other voters from the community. For her commitment to excellent public schools and her advocacy on behalf of the Creighton School District in particular, Jeanne has been recognized with awards by the Arizona School Board's Association and the Arizona School Public Relations Association.

Professionally, Ms. Casteen has spent over a decade teaching exclusively in Title 1 Middle Schools (those with lower socio-economic resources). She is a graduate of the Teach For America (TFA) Institute with both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Arizona State University (graduating summa cum laude). Jeanne also holds instructor certifications for both Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. She has instructed at-risk youth through Camp Anytown, completed a fellowship at the Maricopa County Education Services Agency researching barriers for "opportunity youth," and was selected for the Arizona State Department of Education Title 15 Working Committee. Also, her teaching peers at Isaac Middle School and North High School chose Jeanne to lead their Professional Learning Community (PLC) and elected her to serve as their site representative and communications chair to the Arizona Education Association (AEA)-their professional education union.

When Jeanne is not in the boardroom or the classroom, she can be found on either a baseball diamond, basketball court, or volleyball court passionately coaching girls' sports. Coaching and teaching-as well as giving back to the community-are vocations and values she learned from her parents while growing up in Illinois. Her Mom and Dad were active members of the United Auto Workers' (UAW) union, who always found time to volunteer and give back to their community through youth sports (sharing the bug with Jeanne).

Ms. Casteen is married and has 4 children. All of her kids have attended public schools in Arizona. Jeanne knows that the quality of education children receive greatly affects their life trajectory. Because of her dedication to social justice, she believes that "where students live" should not determine their life opportunities. Rather, all children deserve an excellent education that enables them to reach for the stars. It is our responsibility as the adults to encourage them with high expectations, support excellent public schools, and create a brighter future for kids by acting in our children's best interests now. We must all embrace the target!