My name is Bianca Tanis. I am running for the New Paltz Board of Education because I believe I can use my experiences as an educator, a parent, and an advocate to help bring our school district and community together to focus on social, emotional, physical, and academic success for ALL students. It is critical that we develop and strengthen advocacy partnerships between District leadership, teachers, families, and the community. I believe this can be accomplished through mindful, transparent, and authentic communication and by centering the needs of students in every decision we make.

As an educator and a parent of a child with special needs, I have spent the past decade speaking up for students and using my professional and personal experience to expose and change educational practices and policies that harm children. If elected, I would bring the same passion and advocacy to my work as a board member.