Jennifer Pawlik is a native Arizonan who’s served for 17 years as an educator in public elementary schools. It was during her time as a classroom teacher that she realized that if positive change was going to happen in Arizona’s public education system, she would have to quit complaining, get involved and fight for it.
In 2014 Jennifer jumped into local politics. She became a member of the bargaining team for her local education association. She completed the Emerge Arizona and Leading for Change training programs, and served for 2 years as Secretary of the LD 17 Democrats.
Jennifer’s passionate support for public schools led her to run for the state house for the first time in 2016. She lost that race to the sitting Speaker of the House by only 2.5%. Undeterred, Jennifer continued her leadership and involvement in the education community. She served served as the Co-Chair of the successful Yes for Chandler Students! Override committee and has organized Chandler neighbhorhoods in support of proper school funding. In 2017 she announced that she would again seek election to the State House. As a legislator Jennifer will continue her fight for public schools at the state level, and will be a fierce advocate for Arizona’s teachers, students and parents.
Jennifer is a proud alumna of both Dobson High School and Northern Arizona University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, and currently serves as an Executive Trainer for Spalding Education International, training both public and charter school teachers throughout the state. Jennifer was recently named as a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Foundation. When not engaged in education and community activities, she enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-one years, Jason Pawlik, and her college-aged twin daughters.