Opinion | School board candidate Consuelo Redhorse: I’ll ensure there’s a welcoming environment for students to grow in

Consuelo Redhorse
School board candidate
Consuelo Redhorse/Courtesy photo
Current Summit Board of Education President Consuelo Redhorse will seek reelection in November.
Consuelo Redhorse/Courtesy photo

I am passionate about public education; ensuring a safe and welcoming school environment for students to grow; and that all students have the tools they need to be successful, fulfill their goals, and be actively involved in their communities. I love Summit County and am proud to be part of our community. I have the knowledge, experience, skills, and time to continue to be a strong advocate for our students, schools, and community.

Occupation: Bookkeeper for long-term apartment rental property management company

Years in Summit County: 12

Family: Married for 17 years with a daughter in 10th grade at Summit High

Civic Involvement: Board of Education; Smart Bellies Board of Directors; Summit High pre-collegiate mentor; parent leader/volunteer and active in parent-teacher-student organizations and the School Accountability Committees at Frisco Elementary, Summit Middle School, and Summit High; Past Summit County Preschool Board of Directors, Girl Scouts leader and Girls on the Run coach

I am a proud product of Colorado’s public education system and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College (Southwest Studies major, Accounting minor). I have a successful career in accounting and small business administration. In my free time, I love to engage with stories, visit with my parents, be outside with my family — camping and rock climbing, enjoying a hike or run, skiing, or strolling with my dog, Chewy.

With over 10 years of civic involvement in supporting young people in Summit County, I continue to learn about what inspires them, challenges they face, and how they see themselves in the world. I am grateful for my experiences with these amazing students and the trusted adults that support them.

I am honored to represent our community on the board of education since being elected in 2019 and have built my leadership role and capacity, becoming vice president in 2021 and president in July 2023. I believe in a shared commitment to student success and enjoy collaborating with teachers, principals, staff, students, parents and community members. I’m proud of district accomplishments and the board’s contributions during my term. I support the district’s strategic direction and understand that we have much to celebrate and many challenges to face. I am hopeful for continuous improvement with a strong focus on meeting the needs of all students.

I would be honored to have you cast one of your four votes for me, Consuelo Redhorse.

Priority No. 1

First priority: A safe and welcoming school environment that supports student and staff mental health.

A healthy school environment is necessary for students and staff to thrive. Our students cannot learn, and our staff cannot support our students, if they do not feel valued, understood and heard. Every person in our community and schools deserves to be treated with dignity. The mental health of young people across our country presents challenges of epidemic proportions. This must be addressed and considered by our educational systems, which touch the lives of all young people and are responsible for ensuring that these young people thrive and succeed now and in the future.

Priority No. 2

Second priority: Every single student has the tools they need to succeed.

Each student can learn and does so in a variety of ways. I support sound instructional practices that provide foundational literacy and math skills that our students need to succeed at school and in life outside the classroom. I am dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to engaging and relevant learning activities, and that the individual needs of students are met by their teachers and schools. I believe that our students must be well-rounded and embody the graduate profile attributes of prepared, growth-oriented, globally aware, curious, and courageous in order to achieve success and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Priority No. 3

Third priority: Allocation of resources to support student growth and achievement.

We rely on the talent and expertise of teachers, staff and administrators to ensure that our students receive a high-quality, engaging, and relevant educational experience. We must support recruitment, development, and retention of district employees for our system and students to thrive. Compensation represents 88% of the district’s general fund budget. Use of our limited resources must be data-driven, and directed towards high-impact instructional strategies that support all students, while addressing opportunity gaps.

Consuelo Redhorse is a candidate for Summit School District’s board of education. For more election coverage, visit

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