Meet the State School Board Candidates

Learn more about state school board candidates who want to represent you. State school board members make critical decisions regarding the direction of education in our state. This year, eight districts will be voting for new members on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

District 1

Name: Jennie Earl

Occupation: Small Business Owner

AboutI am very excited to serve the families in District 1. I am the mother of 6 children with a master’s degree in Education.  I have proactively worked with lawmakers on family issues. I believe a system composed of genuine Utah ideas will create supportive environments for lifelong learners. The clear direction to take education is one that creates, builds, unifies, inspires and uplifts.

Name: Terryl Warner

Occupation: Victim advocate at the Cache County Attorney’s office; Member of the Utah State Board of Education

District 2

Name: Scott Hansen

Occupation: Attorney at Scott L. Hansen PLLC

About: BS, Design Engineering Technology, BYU; MBA, USU; JD, BYU. 20-year Automotive Safety career in Engineering, Project Management, and Executive positions. 10 years in Japan and Thailand. Attorney since 2009, including Private Guardian ad Litem work. OWCAP (Head Start) Board member. Former member of Weber School District, OWATC, and Utah School Boards Association boards. Wife Heidi. Four children. Lifelong learner, STEM advocate. Legal and business expertise, international perspective, years of problem-solving experience.

Name: Craig Pitts

Occupation: Elementary school teacher in Weber School District

About:  Father of one son, second grade teacher. B.A. and M.Ed, USU. 13 years in classrooms as teacher or administrator grades 1st-university.
Skillsets in problem-solving, policymaking, and fiscal management. Educational career spanning youth corrections, public and private schools teaching and administration.
Endorsed in English as a Second Language, Instructional Technology and soon-to-be STEM Education and Mathematics. His passion is teaching and advocating for that which is in the best interest of students.

District 3

Name: Linda Hansen

Occupation: Member of the Utah State Board of Education

About: Linda Hansen has been a child advocate for 30 years. She and her husband, Ben, have six children and eight grandchildren. Because their two youngest sons have autism, she has a special love for children with disabilities.
Hansen has served on many boards including the Commission on Civic and Character Education and the Utah Rural Schools Association. She has a BS in Family Life Studies from USU and loves gardening and family history.

Name: Thomas Nedreberg

Occupation: Director of Uniserv

AboutNedreberg is the father/step-father of eleven children. He’s spent his 37 year career as a teacher, elementary and high school principal, and Director of Special Education, Title 1, and Technology in the Tintic School District. He got his degrees in Elementary Education from Ohio State University, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University, and Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University.

District 5

Name: Laura Belnap

Occupation: Director of Utah Online Schools; Principal in Washington County School Distict; Member of the Utah State Board of Education

About: Laura is an educator currently a principal in a Utah school district. As a veteran state school board member, Laura is balanced in her decision making and continues to engage in state level government and policy making.

Laura graduated from Bountiful High School and married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Eric Belnap. She is the proud mother of six children who all attended public schools in Davis County. Her nine grandchildren are the light of her life.

Name: Patrick Riley

Occupation: Executive Director of Davis Education Association

About: As a lifelong resident of Davis County with a lifetime of experience in public schools, Patrick Riley is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where all students can learn the skills necessary to become productive members of society and appreciate cultural richness. Pat was an English teacher and yearbook advisor in Davis School District for 33 years.

District 9

Name: Cindy Davis

Occupation: Adjunct Professor of School of Education at Utah Valley University

About: Cindy is uniquely qualified to provide a PreK-16 perspective to USBE. We need policy makers who have spent time gaining understanding about every level of education from how an oral language base  affects elementary academic progress to options post high school. She has 25 years experience working as a teacher or administrator in classrooms preK through university. Mostly, she has a parent perspective with children attending public schools with USBE oversight.

Name: Avalie Muhlestein

Occupation: President and Youth Mentor of Stewards of Liberty

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