Local East Valley educator Denise Johnson, Principal of Newell Barney Middle School in the Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD), visited Washington, DC last month to encourage Arizona’s members of Congress to pass laws that enhance the nation’s public schools. The visit was part of the annual Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
In just one day on Capitol Hill, Principal Johnson and other Arizona principals met with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Congressman Andy Biggs, and congressional aides for Congressman Ruben Gallego and Congressman Tom O’Halleran. Topics of discussion included school safety as well as funding for Title I & Title 2.
“As a principal, my job is to provide each student in my school every resource and opportunity possible so they can reach their full potential,” said Denise Johnson. “That job extends to advocating for my students at the highest levels of government. I believe my conversations with members of Congress gave them a clearer impression of the impact their decisions have on schools here in Queen Creek.”
Principal Johnson was one of 150 school leaders from across the country who converged on Washington, DC, March 19–21 for the annual NASSP Advocacy Conference. The event included a series of presentations and panel discussions on the most pressing federal policies affecting education and culminated with a day of visits to elected officials at their offices on Capitol Hill.
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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.