Why Am I Running?
"we cannot make good decisions from a distance. Proximity is essential." [Bryan stevenson]
What can be more proximate than being a teacher, working in our schools and classrooms everyday? We need leaders on the Board of Education who truly understand the root of our work. As an educator, advisor, and coach, I bring to the board my experiences and perspectives that can only help us make more informed decisions.
With your support, I know we can move faster towards building a world-class school system that supports all students and ensures every classroom is staffed with an excellent teacher.
Focus on Teaching and Learning
Increasing effectiveness of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for schools
Building pipelines for teacher leadership development
Adequate salary and resources for educators
Fostering diversity in staffing and recruiting
Strengthening teacher coaching and developing curricular expertise
Hiring and retaining local talent
Elevate Parent, Student, Teacher, and Community Voice
Ensuring decision makers are truly listening to parents, students, teachers, and community
Fostering alignment amongst San Francisco's City leaders, District staff, and community activists
Revisiting and reimagining the school assignment system
Proactively engaging parents and families through the LCAP process
Expanding and deepening community partnerships, especially with the technology sector
Preparing students to live choice-filled lives
Promote Safe and Inclusive Schools
Understanding Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices
Offering more opportunities for cultural competency and implicit bias training, and supporting culturally responsive teaching
Evaluating the IEP/SST process for families and schools
Supporting professional development on mindfulness and response to trauma
Developing curriculum that is local and relevant to San Francisco history and culture
Expanding high-quality wraparound services for students and families
Establishing positive culture and climate in our schools
Encourage Innovative and Data Driven Practices
Conducting a needs analysis on data and systems
Promoting investments in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, (STEAM) and Maker Spaces
Integrating 21st century learning into our everyday teaching
Expanding access to early childhood education, summer enrichment programs, and after-school programs
Ensuring cohesive and systematic support for students from Pre-Kindergarten to and through college, life, and career
As the Board takes on important questions and issues, I want to ensure that the voice of the communities I serve, including that of educators, is heard. If there is a seat at the table, all the communities impacted should be represented. If we want to pay more teachers, support more targeted programs, and build and maintain sustainable facilities for our schools, priorities will need to shift and resources will inevitably need to be reallocated. I believe my experience both personally and professionally makes me uniquely positioned to be able to make the informed and nuanced decisions and policies necessary to elevate the needs of students, families, and teachers, and allow SFUSD to be a district where all students, regardless of neighborhood, socio-economic status, or race, can have an equitable education.