Why I'm Running for Memphis-Shelby County Schools Board, District 8

I’ve done better than my parents and they did better than theirs. Like many district 8 and MSCS families, that’s what we want for our kids, too. I’m running to give a better education and life to my daughter. I credit my success to education. I was born in middle America to parents who were the hardest working people you could ever meet but earned a combined high school diploma. My grandfather never learned to read. I know the opportunities I've had came from resilience, hard work, and an enthusiasm for learning. As a first-generation college graduate who also earned a master's degree, I'm a lifelong advocate for high-quality education.

 

I've been a classroom teacher in Memphis-Shelby County Schools, served in the Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Education, and was a senior director with the Tennessee Department of Education. I've worked in education at every level in Tennessee: operations, fundraising, budget, and policy. Most importantly, I am a mom to a rising first-grader in an MSCS school. I want all children to have an excellent education that leads to a life where students can attend college or begin a career and thrive.

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Key Issues

Pandemic recovery: After more than two years of disrupted education from the COVID-19 pandemic, I will work to ensure the district is optimizing the investment of your tax dollars with a special focus on federal recovery dollars.

 

Physical and mental health services: I'll work to increase access to and the use of evidence-based programs and services to support the mental and physical health of students, teachers, and staff. ​

 

Stronger success rates: Ensure our schools are equipped with the resources to provide intervention, enrichment, and consistent services to increase our student success rates.

 

World-class facilities: Facilities matter from high-quality ventilation, safe pipes, and technology-enabled classrooms, to well-maintained playgrounds. We must create a comprehensive facilities plan that matches the district and community's needs.

 

Election Day

How to Support Amber

  1. Vote for Amber on Thursday, August 4th if you live in District 8. There will also be 2 weeks of early voting from July 15 - July 30.

  2. Make a financial contribution towards Amber's campaign costs.

  3.  Volunteer to knock on doors in June or July or help on on Election Day, Thursday, August 4th by working a 1/2 or full day at our busiest voting locations. Email our Director of Volunteer Engagement, Koedy Harper at Koedybharper@gmail.com

  4. Set up public area signs or put one in your District 8 yard. Email us your address and we'll drop it to your home or business.

  5. Introduce Amber to your District 8 friends, family, church, or business. You can email her to discuss.

Email Amber at amberhuettgarcia@gmail.com with any questions.

Election Day