Educator Day On The Hill was an unforgettable experience.
As a school psychologist, I was unsure if my voice or my concerns would be important to lawmakers. I was pleasantly surprised when I was instantly included with a lovely group of seasoned veterans on the hill. Can you say instant friends!? These were teachers, principals, counselors, and school psychologist who came to the capitol. So many passionate educators from all over Utah that annually attend so that their voices can be heard and to educate themselves on the very laws that impact our schools.
I learned the in's and out's of how bills are passed and discovered it's a complex process. But as school psychologist don't we love complex processes and data?
I also learned how to read law and most of the time understand it!
Beyond that, I was able to experience visibility by senators . In fact we had one senator who came to eat lunch with a table of school psychologists and listen to our concerns.
What I ultimately learned as a newbie at the capitol is that there are power in numbers and our representatives value what we have to say.
- Marsha Oberle M.A., Ed.S