The Alhambra Source reached out to each candidate, asking for a biography, platform statement and a few reader-generated questions. The Source does not endorse any candidates nor statements.
I have Lived in Alhambra for 47 years and have been involved with the schools since 1982 I have dedicated myself to education for the past 38 in the Alhambra Unified School District as a parent, volunteer and as a Board Member. My priority has always been “Children First”
I was also an employee with the district for 7 years before I was asked to run for the Board of Education by a group of parents.
I have a long family history of being part of AUSD which includes my husband, four children, son-in-law and two granddaughters spanning over 60 years of attendance at AUSD schools.
Our district strives for excellence. I am very proud of our award-winning schools with many recognitions and awards: California Distinguished Schools, Title I Academic Achievement, California Department of Education Gold Ribbon, and U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools to highlight a few. I look forward to our students continuing the great job they are achieving.
I have served on the Board of Education for the past sixteen years. During this time, we have invested over $145 million dollars in bond projects that have resulted in new buildings and modernization of existing buildings to make sure we are making our district safe for our students and staff.
Supporting our Special Ed with mental health and parent meetings.
Experience courts for a lot by attending Master’s in Governance classes also attending many of our Board Conference to help us understand our goal as a board member.
The pandemic has greatly affected learning in our schools. How are you going to ensure that every student receives a quality education?
These are very different and difficult times as we see and feel the impact of the pandemic on schools. During this time of distance learning, every teacher’s student is in a different home learning environment and has experienced different levels of learning loss. It is essential for the District to provide teachers and support staff with the tools they need to meet the needs of every student. This includes keeping track of student’s progress and a balancing act of teaching. Teachers need to fill in the gaps between learning loss from last year’s curriculum and teaching this year’s curriculum. Some students will need “more time” to learn. Professional development and time for collaboration is a must as every teacher is a” first year” distance learning teacher.
It is important to stay focused on the “science” of COVID-19 to drive the safety and social distancing protocols as we plan for the return of students in the future when safe to do so. While students are at home during distance learning, district staff are hard at work making sure that school sites and classrooms are being deep cleaned and have safety protocols in place.
Do you have plans for addressing the long-term effects of the pandemic on Alhambra’s schools and their students to ensure there is not a “lost generation”? Please explain.
We need to make sure that we are using every resource we have to support student learning. In addition to accessing a device and reliable internet, students also need “distance learning home kits.” Teachers have packaged these kits and have scheduled drive-thrus for pick up of these kits and textbooks. Students’ home learning environments need to have what they need since we are anticipating that we will be in some form of distance learning even in hybrid.
Extended learning time is time built into the school day schedule after lunch to provide needed support for students to meet individually or in small groups with the teacher to address any problem they are facing with distance learning during this pandemic. This is the time we need to use effectively and efficiently. Students can get extra supports and teachers can provide small group instruction for students. Our goal is to provide every student with what they need both academically and social emotionally.
We also need to provide supports and workshops for our parents, guardians and others who are the “home learning teachers.” This is a new role for them too and they need resources and tools.
What is your plan for increasing funding for AUSD schools? Where would you allocate these funds first?
I want to begin by reminding everyone that school board members don’t raise funds. Districts receive state and federal funding and it is my responsibility as a school board member to ensure that AUSD is spending wisely and appropriately. It is important that I support measures such as Proposition 15 and pass resolutions that increase school funding.
What recommendations would you make to the district when creating the curriculum for its social justice and equity training program for teachers and administrators?
I value diversity and believe that social justice, respect and equity are essential to the well-being of our character and our democracy. It is important for staff to deepen their understanding of racism and focus on positive actions that will lead to social justice and reform. Before any training or work begins, we must make sure that we have a definition of equity that has been developed and clearly understood by all.
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