here are a few of the most recent things that fou has been fighting for & Supporting
STUDENT, FAMILY & EDUCATOR WELLNESS
Safe Schools is important to me and outside of being a Board Trustee, I am a Health & Nutrition Manager for IHSD, Inc. which facilitates Head Start programs serving our most vulnerable
students from marginalized communities around San Mateo County. Head Start was founded on ensuring our children are healthy so that they can come to school ready to learn. The wellness of our students, their families, our teachers, staff and neighborhoods is vital in
maintaining safe learning spaces to accommodate physical, social and emotional needs of our JESD community. It even more important during these unprecedented times. I intend on continuing the work that ensures that our families are taken care of and more importantly making sure that there is constant dialogue with them to ensure that their needs are met and we as a board are being intentional with our support.
Community Schools is an extension of home for our students. This model has proven to be an effective learning environment that increases family and student engagement and investment in
our local schools. I am a strong proponent of this model because our students academic journey is a collective effort and requires a strong partnership of our families and JESD community bridging the gaps that allow our children to thrive and be successful.
I SUPPORT QUALITY EDUCATION
Teaching is one of the most noble professions there are. In order for our students to receive an excellent public education, that requires that they are taught by the best. I am an avid supporter of recruitment and retention of quality educators because I know they are the core of building stellar learning institutions. I fully support ensuring our teachers have competitive salaries and
benefits that allow them to live and work in their communities. Along with my Board colleagues we recognize the housing crises and have approved our WorkForce Housing Project at M.P.
Brown, which is in our neighborhood to begin building next summer. We need to keep our teachers in JESD for the benefit of our students.
PUSH FOR ETHNIC STUDIES: REPRESENTATION IN OUR CURRICULUM
Ethnic Studies Curriculum in our classrooms allows our students to not only see themselves in the curriculum, but empowers a sense of self awareness, while also building a sense of appreciation of the culture and history of our many diverse populations that are a reflection of our communities. I continue to advocate and support making Ethnic Studies a part of our students learning experiences in their schools. In addition, our teachers should also be reflection of our student population and that is why building a diverse teacher of color pipeline is important.