I am running for re-election in Area 7 of the Los Rios Community College District. I proudly represent residents in Elk Grove, Florin, south Sacramento, Sloughhouse, Jackson Road, Wilton, Sacramento, Rancho Murieta, and Rancho Cordova.
I have been involved with education my entire life and decided when I was eight years old that I would become a teacher. This wasn't an easy path, as my family immigrated to the United States when I was young and English was not our native language. No one in my family attended college. However, my parents believed that getting an education would open up opportunities. Their support and emphasis on working hard to accomplish goals is what motivated me to be the first in my family to graduate from college.
I first attended community college as a dual enrollment student and went on to complete my BA and MA degrees. I then completed my teaching and administrative credentials, and I have been teaching for 17 years. I have taught middle school, high school, and community college students in both traditional and alternative education settings. I am a teacher in south Sacramento.
It was because of my students that I decided to get involved with the school board. I wanted to advocate for my students and make sure college would be the best experience possible for them. Many of my students have started off their college experiences with community college, and I want to ensure that the district supports their needs. I also want students to feel proud about attending the Los Rios Community College District. The four colleges (and centers) that make up the district have high-quality educational and career programs, and attending community college is a smart way to get an education. Not only does the district have numerous Associate Degree for Transfer programs, but community college is also an affordable way to earn a trade certificate.
My children will be graduating high school in a few years, and I want to ensure that the district will be financially responsible and representative of its community, while also focusing on student success and equity. During this pandemic, mental health services are extremely important, as well as making sure students have access to basic needs like housing and food. Community college is not possible without the “community”. I proudly represent my area and would love your vote.
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