Dear Friend of the Palo
As you may have heard, I have decided to run for
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) school board. With a new
superintendent and three open board seats, we have an opportunity
to move forward with a new leadership team. There are six candidates,
including one incumbent, running for three board seats. I ask for
your support and your vote in the upcoming general election.
If elected, I will be the only school board member
that is an educator. After a career as a lawyer and a period at
home raising three PAUSD-educated children, I have spent a decade
working in PAUSD—teaching students in the classroom, developing
new educational programs for the district, and providing professional
development for teachers. I have worked with principals, teachers,
and hundreds of students in every one of our 12 elementary schools.
I bring expertise and experience that will help
the board navigate the vital issues it will face over the next four
years—developing a strategic plan and addressing enrollment
growth, to name just two. In all of my professional work for PAUSD,
I have collaborated with parents, teachers and administrators. I
have stood in the middle among differing perspectives, listened
to discover the shared values, and in response created new programs
and supported existing ones. As a school board member, I will bring
that same sense of balance to the work of the board. In short, I
will be guided by the following principles:
our resources to support best practices
Inclusiveness—open up educational
opportunities to every student
parents, educators, and the community
Despite being new to local politics, my candidacy
has attracted the support of many of our community leaders. I was
the first candidate that our State Senator, Joe Simitian, endorsed.
I have also been endorsed by school board member Gail Price and
Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, among others.
By working together, we can continue PAUSD’s
educational excellence. I would appreciate your vote during the
November 6 general election.
With many thanks,