Jennifer Pawlik is the Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Sun Lakes and Gilbert). Jennifer is a native Arizonan and the eldest of three daughters born to Bob Banning and Jo Beckelman. She attended Arizona schools from kindergarten through college and graduated near the top of her class at Dobson High School in 1990. She graduated from Northern Arizona University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1996. In 2010, Jennifer completed a graduate program through a collaborative cohort between Northern Arizona University and Chandler Unified School District. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Jennifer is certified to teach general education students in kindergarten through grade eight, but she also enjoys working with adults. She has taught for seventeen years, the last nine of which have been in the Chandler Unified School District. Jennifer currently serves as an Executive Trainer for Spalding Education International, training both public and charter school teachers throughout the state. She also teaches a graduate-level course for pre-service teachers at Northern Arizona University, East Valley Campus.
In addition to the work Jennifer does in the classroom, she is a passionate advocate for education in her community. In the fall of 2015, she served as a speaker for Chandler Unified School District’s successful Back the Bond initiative and organized a neighborhood canvass to speak to voters about the importance of properly funding schools. During the 2014 election cycle she served on the Political Action Committee for the Arizona Education Association and was able to interview candidates who were seeking an endorsement. As a member of the Chandler Education Association’s Super Q team, Jennifer represented elementary school teachers in the bargaining process for contracts and benefits. Jennifer served on the Parent Advisory Board at her children’s school for two years.
In addition to education, Jennifer has been an active leader in her community. She served as Secretary of the Legislative District 17 Democrats, she is a Precinct Committeeman in the Germann precinct, and she is an elected State Committee member. After becoming involved in local campaigns in 2014, Jennifer was encouraged to apply to Emerge Arizona, a six-month program that trains Democratic women to hold public office. She was a 2015 graduate of the program. Jennifer also was honored to participate in the Leading for Change program in the spring of 2016.
When not engaged in education and community activities, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty-one years, Jason Pawlik, and her college-aged twin daughters. The family has lived in Chandler for nine years.