Liberty Naud is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for California. She is an Army veteran, mother of one and founder of Science Math and Robotic Technology Education, a STEM-based non-profit located in Coachella Valley. Liberty is part of the Coalition for Science after School, the CVEP Advanced Tech Council and is very very passionate about making science and engineering a priority in schools across the region.
School Involvement: Founded the PTA at my son’s elementary school, founded 23 elementary and middle school robotics programs and resident “second-mom” to at least a dozen children in four other schools.
One thing that is going great in education in your state: The incredible support from the state to help build academies and pathways within the schools.
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: A more serious focus on Gifted and Talented education. It is not considered special education in our state, and therefore is grossly underfunded.
Secret indulgence: Sci-Fi Books on tape between meetings.
Your hero: Dean Kamen—inventor, entrepreneur and founder of FIRST Robotics.
Favorite extracurricular activities when you were in school: MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) and Young Astronauts,
Favorite subject in school (and why): Choir–I LOVE singing and choir gave me an outlet to express myself.
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): Birth. Everything else is just too easy.
Favorite family tradition: Morning cuddles while the we all talk about what is going to happen for the day in a big puppy pile
Favorite family activities: Game nights! Love love love playing games with the boys.