Application for Congressional Commission for Bryan Richard Lindstrom

Contact Information

Full Name

Bryan Richard Lindstrom

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Teacher: Aurora Public Schools 2015-Present Teacher: Denver Public Schools 2013-2015 Paraeducator: Cherry Creek Public Schools 2011-2013

Educational Background

MA: History BA: Exercise Science Most of a BA: Behavioral Science Teacher certification: Social Studies, Physical Education, English; Highly qualified for SPED Generalist

Zip Code

80014

Background

Professional Background

Amongst all of the above organizations, the work I do is focused on electoral work for economic and racial justice. In addition, my work within the Education Associations is union policy and governance at the local, state, and national level and collective bargaining organizing.

Past Political Activity

Bernie Sanders, Ilana Spiegal, Arapahoe County Democratic Party, Amy Padden, Mike Weissman, Janet Buckner, David Ortiz, Juan Marcano, Alison Coombs, Thomas Mayes, Omar Montgomery, Martha Lugo, Leanne Wheeler, Tay Anderson, Candi CdeBaca, Annie Martinez, One Colorado, Julie Banuelos, John Ronquillo, Idris Keith, Yara Zokaie, Steven Woodrow, National Education Association FUND, Aurora Education Association SDC

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Aurora Education Association, Colorado Education Association, National Education Association, Colorado Working Families Party, Colorado Peoples Action, Colorado Peoples Alliance, DenverDSA, DSA

Statement

I want to serve on this commission because I think it is one of the most important political acts one can do to create equity in our system. Y and Z passing were huge to ensure that people have a legitimate voice in choosing their representatives and not the other way around. I want to be on this committee to ensure that those voices are protected.

Statement on Working with Consensus

I am an 11th and 12th grade educator who has up to 300 students per year. I am trusted by the state of Colorado to be fair and equitable when teaching, assessing, and providing a grade to these students. I have a proven track record in a professional that demands these things every single day. I also believe strongly in Democracy and having every voice heard. Unions are extremely democratic and our body is split 1/3 Dem, 1/3 Rep, and 1/3 UAF. I would be unable to pass new business items, resolutions, or any other kinds of policies without working hard to create consensus because we don't have plurality voting. In sum, these are all important values and I come to the table pragmatically while also maintaining core values of equity of voice. I really do believe that I would be an ideal person for this position.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

Research and analytical skills are essential to a master's program. I received straight A's in my research based classes. All of the classes in my program were 1-on-1 designed classes with the student and instructor to identify historical problems to be analyzed and understood for contemporary applications. The assignments were a mix of guest lectures and essays where I was tasked with communicating the the data and analysis in a palatable way. Being an educator, I have had to differentiate how I communicate information from Kindergarten (age 5) all the way to adult education with guest lecturing of college students as well as leading adult professional developments.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian
Applicant identifies with the following gender

Cisgender Male