My name is Chelsea Bonini.
I am running for the San Mateo County Board of Education in 2020.
My vision is for an educational system that is responsive to kids' needs and provides them with accessible and equitable opportunities for success in school and beyond.
My first profession was as a kindergarten and then a first grade teacher in South San Francisco at Skyline School (1994-1998). I then went to law school at U.C. Hastings and began practicing in 2001.
When my younger son was diagnosed with a mental health disability at the age of 6, I was thoroughly unprepared.
I did not know how to help him to access his education or to manage his social challenges.
I was seeking help everywhere, yet none was forthcoming. We were in crisis and felt very alone.
And at the same time, I was serving as a Trustee for the San Mateo-Foster City School District (2013-2017), I was very involved at our school, and served on the PTA Board at Laurel Elementary (2011-2015), and still, we did not know what to do.
We eventually found a path toward success with the help of those who had traveled ahead of us. Our journey continues.
Along the way, I realized that there was much information about resources and rights that I was unaware of, and sadly, I met many other parents and professionals who were equally uninformed. I also realized the vast inequities that exist in our systems for kids with special needs.
My own experience with our schools, my prior education & policy focus, my service on the school board, and my focus on education and equity issues lead me to co-found snkids.org in 2018, and has inspired me to seek this seat on the San Mateo County Board of Education.
I am committed to ensuring accessible and equitable educational opportunities for all kids, and I sincerely believe that all children can succeed when we properly address their needs & when we hold high expectations for success.
Since 2018, I have served as a Personnel Commissioner appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Education and also serve on the Executive Board of the Northern California School Personnel Commissioners Association (NC-SPCA).
In February 2019, I was appointed to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities where I also serve as chair of the Youth and Family Committee and as a liaison to the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Commission.
I am excited to continue working on educational accessibility and opportunity for all kids, and I hope to have your vote on November 3, 2020!
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