There is a lot to know about education in San Mateo County. Many of the of statistics are surprising, but we need to know what's going on if we want to make real change... Day One... more to come.
San Mateo County Office of Education, 2017 Report to the Community, page 30
As I have been meeting with community members and local officials to discuss a variety of educational issues related to my Campaign for San Mateo County Board of Education, I have realized a need to supplement our shared knowledge around educational issues, locally and beyond. To help with this, I have created a website and Blog to provide some background and information on relevant educational issues. I am doing this in parallel with my campaign outreach. You can find the start of this project at http://www.educatesmc.com. I will be updating this on a regular basis and adding Blog posts as well. Enjoy!
It was a terrific weekend at the California Democratic Party's (CADEM) Executive Board Meetings in San Jose, where I attended as the elected AD22 ADEM Executive Board Representative. I have been an AD22 Delegate since 2015 and the EBoard Rep since 2017. The Executive Board was joined by (and included) new Committee Members, County Party Chairs, other AD22 Delegates and Delegates from around the State to do the work of the Party in its Caucuses and Committees. We approved recommended positions on Legislative Bills, Resolutions, Amendments to our Party's Rules and Bylaws, and much more. I love participating in this process and discussing important issues from education to immigration, our climate crisis and civil rights. If you are interested in finding out more about this work or how you can get involved or attend these mostly open meetings, feel free to let me know!
It was my honor to be invited by my friend and Democratic activist, Sallye McKenzie, to speak about Education and Democracy at the Coastside United for Action meeting in Pacifica last night. What a terrific group! They are partnering with Sister District, working in their community and beyond to further candidates and initiatives. I talked about my son and our experience with the public school system, special education, and mental health supports. I shared insights about the role of the County Board of Education, what I hope to accomplish if elected, and how I plan to approach it. The questions were insightful and I really enjoyed the evening. Many thanks to Sallye for inviting me to speak!
I had the honor of attending the 6th Annual Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Summit on July 18, 2019! This was my third year attending, but this year the Youth Ambassadors were responsible for planning the amazing day of connecting with community & important and very impactful workshops. They did a fantastic job!
It's always a pleasure to attend this event with Carrie Du Bois and Keiko Smith, two of the most dedicated and caring people I know, who focus their heart work on improving the lives of foster youth and other at-risk youth and the support structures and organizations in place for these kids in our County!
As a new Commissioner appointed to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities in 2019, I am working with our Youth & Family Committee to ensure that families in San Mateo County know of the many resources available to them.
We've set our goals for the year and our dedicated Committee is getting to work!
I am very excited to be serving as Chair of this committee this year.