In the past couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting with a number of parents, students, and community members.  Many of the people I spoke with shared the same concerns:

  • “I don’t feel as though I have a voice in the district”
  • “I have been complaining about the same things for years”
  • “What is going on with Farmlab?”

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Candidate Statement

When I officially declared my candidacy, I was shocked to learn that it costs $644 to have a candidate statement in the voter information pamphlet.  Since my campaign account only had $212.13 at the time, I chose not to include one.  As with most things, hindsight provides you with clarity, and I regret that I did not scrape the money together.  So, if I had included one, this is what you would read:

As an involved parent and educator in our community with a recent M.A. in Educational Administration, I can see the benefit for greater transparency in the policy and decision-making process that immediately affect our neighborhood schools. When the public is informed of the district’s progress and challenges, it allows them to be part of the conversation and increases the likelihood of engagement leading toward success.  Analysis and insight of school data is needed to improve upon the work the district has started and help provide accountability. Measuring and evaluating our programs and policies on an ongoing basis can ensure that we work effectively toward our goals and objectives.

It is time to have an open and honest discussion around how well we are addressing student needs, including English Learners, Special Education and gifted students.  I look at this not as a criticism but as an opportunity for transformational educational growth.  I look forward to promoting positive change and building solutions for our district.

I understand that my job will be to represent the community and taxpayers to ensure the most efficient, responsible use of finances and resources. Our local schools should be a collective venture, and a community-wide priority.

Why I'm Running

As I have been out and about talking to people about running for school board, I am frequently asked the question, “What prompted you to run?”

The answer really comes down to the truism that learning begets learning.

Despite having a strong background in education and being a part of the Encinitas Union School District for 12 years in a variety of capacities, I really didn’t know much about the district itself.  It wasn’t until I was working on coursework for my Master’s in Educational Administration that I learned about how the district works and its priorities.  You don’t always know what you don’t know.

I don’t think the community should have to get an advanced degree to understand their local school district.  I would like to serve on the board to help assist other parents in advocating for improved education by monitoring and evaluating school and district progress, helping community members understand, “what it all means,” and encouraging active participation at the school and district levels.

I believe that the role of a board member is not to push a specific agenda, but to be responsive to the community in which it serves. I know that the schools in Encinitas Union School District are fine.  But I want more than “fine” for our children.  The schools can and should be great.   In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools.” 

It is time to truly reflect on the district and evaluate its programs on an ongoing basis to ensure that we identify strengths and weaknesses to inform program decisions and make timely improvements.  With knowledge comes empowerment.  Let’s empower our community by increasing communication about what is going on and soliciting their input and knowledge.   The schools are the heart of our community.  The students are our children and neighbors, and they deserve to have great schools that are reflective of our amazing communities.

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