Mariah Learned

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Albany County School District #1

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

My greatest accomplishment will be having my two daughters see me graduating with my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming. They already see me working hard teaching as a Reading and Math Interventionist at Slade Elementary School and in my leadership positions within Albany County Education Association and Wyoming Education Association. The most important piece of that accomplishment will be having them learn that the work does not stop, and they will always have room and opportunity for growth.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

I would like to become a principal in a Laramie school. I want to take my current skills as an education association leader and combine that with my knowledge from my educational leadership program and leverage both skill sets for the benefit of teachers, students and other administrators in the Laramie Community. I also want to continue to grow my advocacy role with respect to the time I devote to engaging with the legislature. I believe that as an educator it is critical to continue to champion the causes of education on behalf of the students and educators I work with at the legislative level.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

I served as the Fundraising and Event Chairperson for five years (2012-2017) with Project Healing Waters, Platte Rivers Chapter. Project Healing Waters is a non-profit organization serving active duty, reserve, and veterans. All funds raised provide equipment and opportunities for veterans to tie flies, build fly rods, and go on specially guided fly-fishing trips. The fundraising committee raised several hundred thousand dollars for veterans in Laramie, Cheyenne, and northern Colorado. I joined this volunteer organization during its first year and am proud to have helped hundreds of local veterans and their families. The Platte Rivers Chapter grew to be the largest chapter in the United States during my time as with the organization, serving hundreds of veterans. I look forward to working with this group again after I have completed graduate school.

What action or event, that you've been a part of, do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my collective works advocating for students, educators, and education in Laramie and in Wyoming. I serve as the co-president for Albany County Education Association, a position that allows me to serve on policy committees with the superintendent and members of the school board to make Albany County School District # 1 better for students and employees. I have enjoyed organizing legislative panels, giving educators an opportunity to speak with local legislators about education. Other actions include working alongside other ACEA leaders to host community post card writing sessions during the legislative sessions, volunteering for phone banks seeking support for education around the state, participating in lobbying trainings, and testifying to both the House and Senate Education Committees advocating for education.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

There are so many opportunities educationally, professionally, and in recreation available in Laramie. We have the opportunity to set the tone for the state. The city values education, innovation, diversity, and finds ways to invest in its youth. Having grown up in Laramie it is always wonderful to see continued investment in our community by the people who live here. Whether people are Laramie natives or here for a short while, Laramie brings out the best in people.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

My tenacity and willingness to find a way or make a way to accomplish my goals and help others. I have been blessed with the ability to see the broader impacts of policy decisions and evaluate them for their impact on persons other than just me. I want things to be done for the good of the community and am committed to achieving such results.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Don’t wait your turn! Find your place and make your place. No one should have to wait for the “ok” to be a leader. Take what you are passionate about and run with it.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2018