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I have a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas (that I earned while working full-time as a Director in high-tech), which will be useful to the Board. I attended Davis Senior High School in California. I’ve spent over 17 years volunteering in various roles to help our youth including 11 years volunteering in the classroom.

My top priorities are:

  • improving mental health and wellness
    • COVID-19 has caused learning loss and exacerbated the mental health crisis, According to MVLA’s own projections, 50% of students have a mental health issue, which can range from I need to talk to a trusted adult to feel better to suicidal ideation.
    • According to a 2019 ACLU report, of those who do receive assistance, 70% to 80% of youth receive their mental health services in their schools,” the report found. “Students are 21 times more likely to visit school-based health centers for mental health than community mental health centers.”
    • This is personal for me because I have family members who have dealt with severe depression with professional help.
    • Work in partnership with Santa Clara County, which has created 19 health and wellness centers including in high schools.
    • Deepen partnerships with CHAC and El Camino Health to provide better resources for students in crisis. For Mentor Tutor Connection, provide more resources to spot students who are having mental health issues.
    • Mental health affects academics.
    • MVLA had an influx of English Language Learners fleeing COVID-19 who are unaccompanied minors and living with a foster family. MVLA says all have experienced trauma and almost all are in Special Education. MVLA needs to figure out how to meet their needs.
    • Teachers have also been affected by COVID-19 and need MVLA’s support. MVLA’s model of forming a teacher and staff task force to tackle an issue would be especially effective in this case.
  • promoting academic achievement of all students regardless of their circumstances
    • Reduce class size to the promised size of around 20. This helps ALL students, but particularly underrepresented students who teachers tell me are less likely to raise their hand in class if the class is too big. An MVHS AP Spanish class has 38 students. This is unacceptable.
    • The leap from middle school to high school is tall for some students. Then you add two different K-8 districts to the mix, and it can become a barrier. MVLA needs to work more closely with our K-8 districts to ensure a smoother transition to high school. This is particularly important in Math where the state has moved away from keeping students in separate tracks in middle school.
    • Use state career pathways to give all students life skills and to show students that regardless of socioeconomic status that they need to choose the career path that’s right for them. If done correctly, it should also reduce stress on students.
    • Ensure Ethnics Studies moves from the pilot phase this year to a requirement next year. A team of teachers worked on it for over a year. It’s an inquiry-based class based on themes like housing and education. It’s designed to teach critical thinking skills and civic engagement.
    • Increase low-income student enrollment for the MVLA programs that offer mentoring, cohorts, and study skills:
      • AVID – 4-year college
      • Middle College – classes at Foothill-De Anza Community College
      • Alta Vista High – vocational training
    • MVLA is a 9-12 district so some of the students entering 9th grade are already known to need help. Assess known struggling students before the school year starts, so they get help immediately rather than waiting for them to fall behind.
    • Ensure issues raised by Spanish Speaking parents in a letter to the board in the 2020-21 academic year are being addressed.
    • Increase enrollment in the parenting class for Spanish Speaking parents developed by Spanish Speaking parents with topics important to many parents like the important of sleep and drug use.
  • ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
    • I have an MBA from UC Berkeley that I earned while working full-time as Director in a high-tech company. I’ll keep a close eye on the budget. I believe a budget is a statement of values.
    • The new app ParentSquare has been introduced, but I found it ironic that parents were asking on the listservs “Have you heard of ParentSquare.” As a former high-tech Director, I understand the rollout of new software is often painful, and there’s a learning curve. However, I’ll work to make the rollout of ParentApp as smooth as possible.
    • Before I decided to run, I did a listening tour where I met with many of the constituencies at MVLA. I’ve asked everyone to engage in an ongoing dialogue. I consider fostering partnerships and understanding the needs of my community an important part of being an elected official.
    • I will listen to teachers, staff, parents, and the community.
  • deepen and foster partnerships with all MVLA’s partners including K-8 districts, City Councils, Santa Clara County, Foothill-DeAnza Colleges, El Camino Health, Mentor Tutor Connection, and Boosters.
    • With all our schools and teachers are asked to do, we must leverage outside resources to use their expertise, help more students, and expand MVLA’s resources

I’ve lived in Mountain View for 20 years serving in many leadership roles. I get involved because I see a problem, and I feel I can contribute to the solution. My service includes:

  • Volunteering in the classroom 1:1 with struggling students, leading small groups, grading papers for teachers and chaperoning field trips.
  • Stevenson School Site Council and PTA helping to establish a mentor teacher program. 
  • MVWSD asked me to be on every committee at one point including Bond Measure, School boundaries, and Facilities committee to renovate schools and build 2 new schools. We found a way to add two special education classes at no cost to the district.
  • League of Women Voters Education Committee 
  • Member of SELPA1-CAC, the official advisory group between parents and Special Education Adminstrators for Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. I advocated for more inclusion of Special Education students in regular education and more collaboration between school districts. SELPA stands for Special Education Local Plan Area and CAC stands for Community Advisory Group. 1 represents the school districts: Los Altos, Mountain View-Whisman, Mountain View Los Altos High, and Palo Alto Unified.
  • Board of the League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View, helping to modernize our systems.
  • Co-founded Great Streets Mountain View to improve the safety of our streets for all residents, such as adding blinking crosswalks over Shoreline Blvd. Now merged with a sister organization, and called Mountain View Streets for All 
  • Served on Mountain View Parks & Recreation Commission – Created Shoreline Fields, many parks with natural elements, and added a playground to McKelvey Ball Park
  • Vice-Chair of the City of Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force – Created policy recommendations to combat climate change. My policy to make all new buildings electric became City policy.
  • Board member of Carbon Free Mountain View – We advocate for the policies that the Environmental Sustainability Committee proposed to City Council
  • Long-time member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto’s (UUCPA) Green Sanctuary – Our goals are to have our church become carbon net zero by 2030, educate congregants on ways they can become more sustainable, and write letters to local, state, and federal elected officials and commissioners on environmental issues. Green Sanctuary is an accreditation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We’re also a member of Interfaith Power and Light, an interfaith organization to combat climate change.
  • Current member of UUCPA’s Campus Task Force – Leading congregation in reimaging campus for possible capital campaign. My area of specialities are accessibility and sustainability.
  • Former Board member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto – Created Technology Committee and (online) Communications Committee. Dealt with closed session personnel and congregrant actions.
  • Volunteer for Reading Partners at Castro School, a Title 1 school. Working with my service dog, I taught reluctant readers, all of whom were low-income
  • Worked as a Director in tech. Built five teams that all worked together and reported high job satisfaction that created tools to monitor what was then cutting-edge broadband.
  • Earned my MBA from UC Berkeley Haas while working full-time