Christine Porter Marsh is an educator who’s spent over 25 years in Arizona classrooms and touched the lives of more than 3,500 students. In 2016 she was honored as the Arizona Education Foundation Teacher of the Year. It’s her dedication and concern for not just her students but all students in Arizona that motivated her to run for office. “[In 2016] I had the opportunity to travel the state…I saw firsthand the importance of a highly educated workforce to the future economy of our state, and I realized that current state leadership is irresponsible in its pursuit of short-term gains at the expense of funding our schools.”
As a high school English teacher Christine has witnessed the results of 10 years of Republican policies and priorities, and the disastrous effects they’ve had on our students, our teachers and our economy. She believes that classrooms should be a marketplace of ideas, and schools should be where every student has the opportunity to learn, speak and grow. As a State Senator she will fight to increase funding for our schools and create a better future for Arizona.
Prior to announcing her candidacy, Christine served on the steering committee for Arizona Schools Now, and previously served on the Executive Board of the Scottsdale Education Association. She attended UCLA, where she earned a Bachelors of English Literature and competed on the track and cross country teams. In 2016 she completed her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration at Grand Canyon University. She is a proud mother of two sons, a writer, runner, active member of her church, education activist, friend and daughter.