When Christine Marsh was younger she wanted to change the world. If you consider high school teachers who change the lives of their students through their passion, enthusiasm and dedication to their work as people who have changed the world, Christine succeeded.
Christine has taught high school English in Arizona for 30 years, and was named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year in 2016.
After a repeated number of colleagues and friends encouraged Christine to run for Arizona State Senate, Christine decided to go for it. While serving in the State Senate, Christine faced one of the most difficult tragedies any parent can face, Christine’s beloved son died two years ago after purchasing a percocet pill that was laced with fentanyl. Despite her overwhelming grief, Christine has committed to speaking about the dangers of fentanyl whenever possible, and put forth a bill that legalized fentanyl test strips and removed the product from the state’s definition of prohibited drug paraphernalia.
In our candid conversation, Christine shares the milestones in her career path, why she loves teaching, how being a runner has given her daily strength and comfort, going through recovery, how she has endured losing her son, and some of her hopes and goals for the future.