As a fifth grade public school teacher, I am committed to the academic success of all students. Education levels the playing field, provided all students are afforded a quality education that is both equitable and accessible. Our public lives are shaped by our public schools, and our schools must be filled with educators who are qualified, appropriately placed, and supported.
A proud graduate of the Berkeley public schools, I am a demonstrated leader with experience at the local, national and international level. I am president of my school Site Council and I chaired the City of Berkeley Youth Commission. I have led international service projects for education and health, supporting schools and health care centers across the globe.
I believe in a holistic approach to educating the whole child. It is our duty to prepare students for what is next in the world, not by teaching them what to think, but how to think. We must do more work to close the opportunity and achievement gaps, and make education a transformative experience for all students. Finally, we must support all of our learners, because all of our students deserve to be successful. Parents too are life-long learners and we should embrace the importance of parent-teacher partnerships.
Together, we can.