Janelle Astorga is running for the APS School Board in District 1, bringing her deep roots in Albuquerque’s South Valley and a passion to address students’ unique challenges. Her platform emphasizes bridging the academic opportunity gap through bilingual education and ethnic studies while promoting trade programs and internships. Mental well-being and safe school environments are paramount, with a strong focus on addressing gun violence. Preparing students for the future includes bridging the digital divide through technology access. With over a decade of APS experience, her campaign is about collective vision, shaping a more inclusive and innovative future for every APS student in District 1. Read her full op-ed.