Highlands Ranch resident Elizabeth Hanson is running to become the next District C director on the Douglas County School Board. Hanson grew up in western Kansas, where her mother worked as a public …
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Highlands Ranch resident Elizabeth Hanson is running to become the next District C director on the Douglas County School Board.
Hanson grew up in western Kansas, where her mother worked as a public school teacher for 26 years and her father worked in public service.
She earned a degree in business administration specializing in human resources from Kansas State University, and after college, worked with the Kansas Children's Service League. There, Hanson recruited, hired and trained the leadership team, teachers and support staff for the Head Start Program in a 13-county area.
Hanson went on to earn her juris doctor with an emphasis in labor and employment law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She worked in private practice in courtroom settings, drafted employment policies and provided training on best employment practices.
“As a professional in the employment field, I wholeheartedly believe the learning environment we are able to offer our students is directly linked to the work environment we are able to offer our employees, and both deserve the absolute best,” Hanson said via email.
Hanson and her husband have three children — one each in third, fifth and sixth grade — at their neighborhood elementary school. She spent the past several years focused on her role as a parent and volunteering at her children's school and with the PTO program.
Parenting elementary-age students in the district gives her a unique perspective that she could bring the community as a school board director, Hanson said. Hanson pointed to her respect and admiration for “the extraordinary people who work with our children every day” as her reason for running in this year's school board election.
If elected to the board, Hanson plans to work to develop and implement the district's comprehensive framework for school safety.
She would also seek to create a good work environment for administrators, teachers and support staff, which she believes would benefit students by in turn creating a “safe and supportive learning environment.”
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