Selena was born in Reno as a fourth-generation Nevadan and grew up on a cattle ranch near Pyramid Lake. Her playground was a wide-open field of alfalfa and wildflowers; to this day, Selena’s deep love for nature and the environment remains with her.
Growing up, Selena’s grandmother taught her the value of service to her community. Selena’s grandmother operated an in-home daycare for children of first responders and Selena helped her care for those children before she was even out of elementary school. It was in her grandmother’s home that Selena found her love of helping children learn and grow. It was also there that she learned what it means to give herself to your community and do everything in her power to help those around you. Selena’s grandmother taught her that even the smallest actions can make the world of difference in the life of a child and that those actions which serve another are the ones that bring the most fulfillment in life.
Selena has always endeavored to follow in her footsteps and live a life of service. That’s how she knew she was destined to be a teacher. Selena started by teaching the children in her grandmother’s daycare, then tutored her classmates through school, and by high school was involved in just about every service organization she could join. Selena always says, “I have always wanted to make a positive impact on my community and have dedicated my life to helping those around me.”
Selena moved away for college and attained a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in political science, from Boston University, but she never lost her calling to service. All through college she tutored other students, worked on political campaigns, like Obama for America, and volunteered for non-profits like the Alzheimer’s Association. After college Selena decided to return home to Reno in order to give back to the community that raised her. Shortly after her return, she enrolled at the University of Nevada to earn her teaching credential and Master of Education degree.
Today Selena lives in Northwest Reno with her husband Stephen, their daughter Abigail, and their dog Luna. She has spent nearly a decade teaching underprivileged children in Washoe County School District, first at Hug High School and now at North Valleys High School. She loves the work that she does every day because she feels like she is making a real and positive change in the lives of children. Selena believes that education is the only way we can truly change the world and is proud to help shape the next generation to be thoughtful, empathetic, and empowered leaders in our world.
The realities of what educators have faced over the last several years inspired Selena to serve her community in another way – in the Nevada State Assembly. It should come as no surprise that Nevada’s schools are some of the most underfunded and overcrowded in the nation, and continue to rank at the bottom of nearly every metric on student success. As an educator, Selena cannot and will not accept this. Through her leadership in the Nevada State Education Association and Washoe Education Association, as well as her advocacy on the WC-1 measure to ensure the funding of the construction and renovation of schools throughout Washoe County, Selena has seen the harsh realities of what educators, our kids, and our communities face each day. As a parent, a teacher, and a Reno citizen, Selena is not content to sit on the sidelines while our children are actively harmed by the education system in Nevada. Selena knows we can do better for our children and is ready to serve as your representative in the state assembly.
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Please note, the meeting may be either virtual or in-person depending on Selena’s availability.