Public education has been my passion my entire adult life. Every activity or event I have been involved with has been dedicated to helping children grow emotionally, physically and intellectually. I am passionate about teaching and learning and view myself as a public servant advocating for the needs of children of all ages.
I was raised knowing that each of us has a great responsibility to be involved and to give back to our communities, our state and our country. There was never a question of if I will serve; the question has always been 'How can I best serve?' In the past, I have been asked to run for other public offices. I always declined because most of the positions would have taken me further away from my passion for public education. I believe that public education is the greatest American institution this country ever created. Our children deserve the opportunity to succeed and prosper regardless of cultural or economic backgrounds. Public education levels that playing field for them.
It is essential that the next Superintendent of Public Instruction remember - the children must come first. They must remember that the sole reason for the existence of, and the primary focus of motivation for the Department of Public Instruction is to ensure our children prosper and flourish. Every decision, policy and practice of the Department must work toward that end--our children must come first! This is what has motivated me throughout my 21-years in public education and why I am running for this office of the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction.
I was raised in Flasher ND, and have lived in Mandan, ND, for more than 25 years. I am the mother of three grown sons; one a recent graduate of UNC and twin sons who are students at Bismarck State College.
Wife: Laura Anhalt; 2 Children: Vaughn, Jenny
Master's Degree, Education and Library Information Technology, Valley City State University
Bachelor's Degree, Education, Minot State University
MA, History, University of North Dakota
BA, History, University of North Dakota
21 years work experience in public education Assistant Principal and Media Specialist Bismarck Public Schools
President/Executive Director, Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, present
Governor Appointed Member, North Dakota Educational Technology Council, 2011-Present
42 year member of American Legion Auxiliary
Morton Mandan Public Library Board of Trustees
Mandan Progress Organization Executive Board
Chairman of Mandan Tomorrow Strategic Planning Committee
Former Sunday School Teacher
Youth Park and Rec Coach
Cub Scout Leader
President, Northern Plains Heritage Foundation
My work as Southwest Director for the North Dakota School Board Association, and as President of the Mandan Public School Board requires constant monitoring not only of education-related regulatory issues that affect our schools but also research, innovations, technology and best teaching practices.
Candidate, North Dakota State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2012
Candidate, United States Senate, 2010
Senator, North Dakota State Senate, 2007-present
Member Spirit of Life Church
2010 North Dakota Library Association President's Award for Meritorious Service to NDLA
North Dakota Educators Association Librarian of the Year Finalist 2008
North Dakota School Boards Association Veteran Board Member with Distinction
City of Mandan Market Street Strategic Planning Steering Committee Co-Chair
National Affiliate Advocacy representative for Mandan Schools
Mandan Progress Organization Board of Directors
ND Library Association Executive Board Constitution, Bylaws and Policies Chairperson
Valley City State University Library Program Mentor
Bismarck Public Schools New Teacher Mentor
Mandan Public Library Board of Trustees President