|22nd Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction|
January 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Diane Douglas|
|Born||1985/1986 (age 32–33) |
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Education|| University of Oregon (BA)|
University of Arizona (MS)
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