CONCORD- While known in the Concord area as the principal of Beverly Hills Elementary School, Aimy Steele is hoping to soon be known as a representative.
Steele decided to run for NC House District 82 as a Democratic candidate because she wants to give a voice to those who are traditionally not represented; like women, African Americans and Latinos.
“I am a fluent Spanish speaker. As a former Spanish teacher I am very familiar with the challenges of Latino students and their families,” Steele said. “I feel it is time for someone to take charge of advocacy that is required to move the needle of things that need to be done.”
Steele is a North Carolina Principal Fellow. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UNCC in urban education.
Steele began her career as a middle school Spanish teacher. She joined Cabarrus County Schools in 2008 as a Spanish teacher at Northwest Cabarrus High School. She also served as a principal intern at Central Cabarrus High School before joining the leadership team at Cox Mill High School.
Since she works with the community, Steele said she sees first-hand how federal policies impact citizens.
“I do want to advocate on a local and state level, so those things will take root and impact the federal level and eventually things will change,” Steele said.
Steele said she has wanted to change the world since she was young, and now is finally the time.
“As a young person I truly believe I was placed here to change the world,” she said. “The burning desire has always been there to change the world. Now is the time and the way is through politics.”
One of the best things about working in Cabarrus County Schools, according to Steele, is how Superintendent Dr. Chris Lowder and other leaders are available and connected to school administrators and teachers. She said they visit the schools regularly, provide surveys and feedback and are transparent.
If elected, Steele said she would want to operate with that same transparency.
“The information is not brought to the doorsteps of the regular person. I do plan to be a little more transparent, like a teacher. They take information and break it down to where their students are. I want to operate so that every person in my district can access information and is not so challenging to get,” Steele said. “I don’t want them to have to explore a website to find information.”
The election is also important to Steele as a woman. She wants to show the next generation that women can be actively engaged in the political process.
“I’m a mother of five and I’ve been married for 19 years,” she said. “I want to show how you can still be successful and have a family and be in the political process.”