I believe in the great democratic institution of public education. Great schools make great communities. Maintaining and enhancing the Solana Beach School District as schools of choice has been my greatest accomplishment. I was first elected to the Board in 2002. Much has changed since then, but the role of an effective school board member is still anchored in putting the child at the center of all decisions. It is amazing how extremely difficult decisions become crystal clear when the focus is on the student.
For 12 years I have had the wonderful experience and privilege of being a parent in our district and witnessing first hand the challenges and complexities of today’s classrooms. Teachers have an extremely important and difficult job- and they are masterful at what they do. Being a partner with your child’s teacher while supporting and loving your child is the best thing you can do for your school. I am proud to say Solana Beach School District is a very desirable place to work and we have been able to hire and retain an excellent group of top educators in California. The greatest joy as a trustee is witnessing first hand the miracle of a child who is inspired by their teacher. We are touching the future everyday.
As an active leader in education, I have been involved as a volunteer and advocate for the past 18 years. I have served as a classroom volunteer, founder of Skyline’s Young Scientist Club, PTA member, Foundation Site President and School Site Council President. During my tenure on the board I have served as Board representative to various district and regional committees including North County Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE), San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, District School Safety Committee, District Strategic Planning Committee, District Wellness Committee, Child Nutrition Focus Group, Facilities Master Planning Committee, District Envision Team (STREAM), District Recycling Committee, District Design Committees for Solana Ranch, Skyline and Solana Vista Elementary and the Solana Beach Schools Foundation.
I have over 38 years in technology, health research and education. I have an advanced degree in Public Health and prioritize educating the whole child. I currently serve as an elected State Delegate for the California School Board Association (CSBA) and am Vice President of the San Diego School Board Association. I am also a CSBA Masters in Governance graduate. I serve on the board of a computer science education non profit targeting underserved youth and low income communities in San Diego.
It has been an honor to serve as your school board member and with your vote I pledge to continue my work to maintain Solana Beach School District as a sought after place for students to learn and grow. I take the responsibility very seriously. Serving on a school board “is a labor of love for those who see schools at the cornerstone of our society’s future”.