OPPORTUNITY. INCLUSION. ACCOUNTABILITY.
I began my engagement with the education systems in San Mateo County as a Teacher in 1994.
As a Parent, a former Teacher, PTA leader & SMFCSD Board Trustee, and a current San Mateo County Disabilities Commissioner & San Mateo County Board of Education Personnel Commissioner, I care about the success of all students and that our schools are inclusive, welcoming and diverse.
To truly address our longstanding Achievement Gap, we must acknowledge and address societal inequities (based in race, class and perceptions of ability), we must hold high expectations for all students, and we must continuously evaluate and hold our important systems of support accountable to realizing improved outcomes for all kids.
Among the responsibilities of the San Mateo County Board of Education is to represent the community’s diverse beliefs and values and to listen to their ideas, county-wide. The Board is charged with collaborating with the County Superintendent and engaging the community so that the vision, goals and policies of the SMCOE can be implemented. The Board's work includes making student achievement a priority, maintaining cooperative and supportive working relationships with local school districts, their school boards and their communities, and advocating on important K-12 policy issues at the local, state and federal levels for all 95,000 students in our County.
My experiences with and in our systems thus far, including my service on the Executive Board for the San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA) and the many relationships I developed with school boards, superintendents and communities county-wide will be a good basis for the responsibilities of the San Mateo County Board of Education.
I am excited for this opportunity and to continue to engage with families and community members during this campaign to listen and learn about accomplishments, concerns and hopes for a successful future for our kids and community!
"Chelsea brings knowledge and passion to her education advocacy that is to be admired." -- Lisa Diaz Nash