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Tiffiney Christiansen
for Iron County School Board · District 3

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I support and advocate for good teachers. Just like doctors keep up on best practices, teachers do as well. They need time, resources, and professional development to be successful.

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I have great confidence in her ability to serve our community and educational system in an outstanding manner. She’s innovative, smart, and professional.

Jennifer Denhalter

School Counselor, ICSD

Please support this amazing woman in her run for Iron County School Board. She is dedicated, talented, wants to serve and give back, is a mother of 4, has hosted several international students in her home for the school year, has had a lot of experience working with the public and business communities and would represent us well.

Sherri Hansen

Business owner, State Farm agent, former Vice Chair of Trustees at SUU

I've known Tiffiney for many years.  I know her to be a person of integrity and high character.  I feel she would be a great addition to the school board and serve our community well.  

When she is given a task, she is thorough and committed.  Her experience both as a mother and in the workforce help her to be a well-rounded person to represent a broader range of individuals.  I support her candidacy for a position on the Iron County School Board.

Jolene Gray

Office Manager- Precision Development

Tiffiney is one of the brightest, most sincere, and capable people I know. She is a strong woman, mother of strong children, all who have been students in Iron County School District.

She is a creative thinker with broad business experience. I am excited to support Tiffiney for Iron County School Board and look forward to her being involved in guiding the education of my children.

Mike Wilson

MD, Intermountain Health Care

Tiffiney is an exceptional candidate. We had the opportunity to get to know their family many years ago, as she and her husband devoted hours and years coaching my little Paityn in soccer.

They were there when she suddenly went downhill with her unknown (at the time) illness. The love and support they rallied around her can never be repaid. I still rave to this day about having coaches with upmost integrity, who were truly there to support and develop ALL the kids involved.

Jaymi Carver

Title 1 Coordinator at SUU Success Academy

If you do not know Tiffiney, you want to know her! I am on Rotary, little league board, and the Surf Soccer board because I care about our youth and their success! I fully endorse Tiffiney for the school board. I trust that she will have the children's best interest at heart!

Brittany Fisher

Sales Manager, Decorworx

I've had the pleasure of working with Tiffiney in the past and I know she is an excellent choice for the school board!

Paige Christensen

Co-owner of Derek Christensen and Associates- Certified Public Accountants

I love this woman! She's amazing!

Sara Greener

Executive Assistant for Advancement and Enrollment Management, SUU

I'm writing to express my support for Tiffiney Christiansen in her efforts to be elected to the Iron County School Board, District 3.

As a friend and neighbor for nearly 20 years, I have known Tiffiney as a mother to four wonderful children, the wife to a current professor at SUU and an executive leader in her professional career. Tiffiney is energetic, informed, thoughtful and well spoken.  She is the candidate we need that has the foresight and vision to meet the demands of Cedar City's rapidly growing educational needs. I could not think of a better choice to represent the families of District 3.  Please join me in voting for Tiffiney Christiansen.

Steve Carroll

Business owner, President of Cross Hollow Hills Community Association

Tiffiney has been a dear friend and neighbor for over 15 years.  She is full of optimism and enthusiasm and is one of those people with a rare blend of passion and reason.  She is a worker- someone who’s not afraid to jump in and work alongside you- no matter what the challenge may be.

Tiffiney is creative and inclusive and above all is invested in our schools and our community. She is a team player who will listen to all sides of an issue before moving forward.  She’s passionate about providing kids of all ages and abilities with the best education possible. We need her voice on the Iron County School Board!

Sue Harris

Speech Therapist, Iron County School District

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Education empowers people

About me

Educational experiences shaped me as a young person. I have a profound respect for the power of education, hard work, and caring for others.

I was adopted at the age of five by two parents who'd save the world if they could. But that's a story for another day…

I grew up in the town of Highland, Utah, in a small artist community called Bull River. As kids, we spent countless hours building huts, making up games, sleeping out under the stars, reading books and creating short movies with the only video camera in the neighborhood. The 100 acres were our playground.

It was a magical childhood to be loved by so many of my friends' parents and feel safe and supported.  Our parents urged us to be creative thinkers. They showed us the way. They made a big pond where we'd gather in the summer, built an epic sleigh riding hill, designed elaborate Easter Egg hunts and got together almost every weekend for a cookout to chat about life.  

Our family vacations were spent backpacking, often in Escalante and Southern Utah. The tassels of my dad's pack swung back and forth as I'd hike behind his steady pace. He taught us about plants and flowers and to love Utah's unique desert landscape. He's an architect who loves beauty. And he's still backpacking with us at 79 years old!

My mom believes in serving others. She would walk out the door at 5pm with hot dinners for neighbors who were sick, give to every child who came soliciting for fundraisers, and quietly support multiple families in need.

My parents taught us that things in life must be earned.
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Education empowers people. Hard work effects change. Love and respect are always good answers.

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I was a dancer at Children’s Dance Theater where I learned about communicating through movement. The director, Mary Ann Lee, is still teaching young children not simply to dance, but also to become imaginative, worthwhile human beings. I was gloriously free on the dance floor.

I first experienced Cedar City in high school when I attended a debate competition at SUSC and then the Shakespeare Festival. I joined the Park City Shakespeare Summer Stock as a young actress because of my experience in Cedar City.

I was the first young, sister missionary to be called to Warsaw, Poland, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was in 1990 and right after the fall of the Berlin wall. People were hungering for freedom, waiting in meat lines, and many didn't have personal property.  

People were ready for change, and I saw the country begin to transform. Businesses started opening and people were figuring out how to navigate the difficult change. Some wanted to go back to Communism because it felt safer. Others led out, taking risks and seeking a better way of life.

These experiences as a young person helped shape me.

I have a profound respect for the power of education, hard work, and caring for others.
About Tiffiney
  • Vice President of Marketing at Leavitt Group
  • Former Sales and Marketing Director at Decorworx
  • Former Director of Development at SUU
  • B.A. in Broadcast/Journalism from University of Utah
  • Husband, Shawn, Professor of Family Life and Human Development at SUU
  • Parents of four children- alumni of Iron Springs Elementary, Cedar Middle School, and Cedar High School
  • Volunteer club soccer coach in Cedar City for over 10 years
  • Volunteer in PTA at Iron Springs, CMS, and CHS
  • Lady Reds Soccer, Student Government, Debate, and Track parent
  • Member of Friends of SUMA Art Auction Committee
  • Host family for numerous Rotary International students
When I was a youth, I heard someone say,

"You can judge a community by their library."

This left an impression on me.  The more we make quality education a priority, the more hope our children have for a bright future.  We have access to better tools, more research and opportunity than ever before. Let's embrace it.

My role as a board member

Have a strong vision. Seek first to understand. Be honest and ethical. Strive for unity. Communicate with reason and civility. Think creatively and to the future.

I'm interested in your ideas and concerns for Iron County School District.
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We love Iron County

We've lived in Cedar City for 17 years and have been blessed to raise our children here.


We are grateful for the educators of Iron County.

Our children are (or will be) alumni of Cedar High School, Cedar Middle, and Iron Springs Elementary.

Teachers, coaches, and counselors have helped shape our children.  

A second grade teacher unlocked my daughter's love of writing, a middle school jazz band teacher instilled confidence in my son, an art teacher taught my daughter to explore color, a fifth grade teacher made math fun and understandable, a middle school English teacher helped them document their history, a high school Chinese teacher inspired my daughter to study abroad, a patient high school counselor gave my children the guidance they needed to get into college, and devoted coaches pushed them to succeed. We are grateful. I want to give back and serve our community.
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Education empowers and good teachers can have life-changing impact.

I’m the VP of Marketing at Leavitt Group, and one of our guiding principles is to adapt.  The world is changing rapidly, clients think differently, and people expect innovation.  We must adapt or we risk becoming the next Sears Roebuck.

A growth mindset is critical to our education system.

As we provide quality education, with the future in mind, our children will be prepared to tackle the changes they'll experience in life. I believe in thinking ahead, and even if it's just a little, the rewards can be remarkable. Operating proactively gives us a chance to look at outside forces acting on our students.
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Why I'm running for school board

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I love and believe in our kids!

We are teachers, builders, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars, artists, and all kinds of people who love our community. We are parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors.

We are a small community with big achievements.

And it’s because of our people and the way we support each other.
Countless hours of volunteerism happens in our schools. I've seen principals cry when talking about their students’ successes.
Teachers devote time to students inside and outside the classroom. Administration and staff keep the schools running smoothly. It’s easy to see how deeply we care about the education our students receive and their future success in life.
And that is why I’m running for Iron County School Board. I want to give our children the brightest future we can and support quality education that empowers teachers and is student centered.

I love being involved in our community and especially with our youth. With my leadership talent and passion for education, school board is a good fit. It's a way I can follow in the footsteps of the good people of Iron County and give back.

My Priorities

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Quality Schools
  • Support quality instruction, teaching innovation, and best educational practices
  • Advocate for and empower teachers
  • Maintain and attract talented teachers
  • Support professional development for teachers
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Student Education and Safety
  • Educate the whole child – intellectual, emotional, physical, mental
  • Prepare students for the future by continually improving and advancing learning opportunities
  • Promote safety through secure buildings and training
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Effective Leadership
  • Plan responsibly for enrollment growth
  • Foster positivity and collaboration between district leaders, board members, teachers, and community
  • Communicate with reason and civility
  • Budget wisely with student learning as the priority
  • Establish effective communication plan with an emphasis on transparency
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