Cherylin Peniston is midway through her fourth and final term representing House District 35 in Adams County. She is vice-chairwoman of the Education Committee and also serves on the Transportation & Energy Committee, as well as the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, which meets during the interim. She previously chaired the Local Government Committee and served on the Health & Environment Committee.
Since she has been in the legislature, she has been a passionate advocate for improving our education system and for a more transparent and ethical government. She has passed numerous pieces of legislation to ensure government is run in a fair and transparent way. Much of her work has been to improve Colorado’s public education system, including sponsoring a bill that extended the Early Childhood School Readiness Legislative Commission. This will allow the legislature to ensure that existing childhood services work properly. The commission has been instrumental in directing attention to the needs of the youngest Coloradans and working to ensure that Colorado invests in and improves early childhood development programs and services.
As president of the Westminster Education Association (1999-2003), Rep. Peniston forged coalitions with community groups, the school board, and the superintendent of schools to advance the role of public education in the community. She was a vocal advocate for better working conditions and compensation for teachers and support staff, and played a key role in organizing the support staff under the WEA umbrella.
In 1999, she retired from a 27-year career teaching foreign languages and social studies to middle school students in Adams County School District 50. Her master’s degree in teaching international affairs has given her a broad perspective on the necessity of preparing our youth to compete in the 21st-century economy.
She is married to W.J. Peniston. They have two grown children, Erin and Geoffry, a granddaughter, Ava and a grandson, Nathaniel.