We believe in the power of knowledge.
From the basics of socialization, literacy, and numeracy to career pathways, professional degrees, and the application of research to improve our quality of life — there are many aspects to California’s public education system.
My broad background and diverse experience in education gives me a unique perspective to address the complicated challenges facing our schools.
As a student at Chatsworth Park and San Jose Elementary, Portola Middle School, North Hollywood High School (2003), Pierce College, University of California Los Angeles (B.S. 2007), and California State University Northridge (M.S. 2014), I benefited from a strong public education, which at each level, prepared me for the next. Unfortunately, as recently highlighted by the Los Angeles Education Research Institute’s report on College Going in LAUSD, this is not the case for most of our public school students.
As a teacher in South Korea teaching young people English (2008), in China teaching college students and adults (2009), and a graduate assistant for a course at CSUN (2013), I understand that the focus has to be on students. Currently in the process of becoming a substitute teacher, I understand that just one good class with a teacher that cares can motivate, inspire, and change a life.
And from 2015 to 2017, as School Board Member Scott Schmerelson’s School and Community Coordinator, I gained insight into how a giant government agency, like the Los Angeles Unified School District, operates on a daily basis to keep students safe, provide a clean, healthy learning environment, and quality instruction at the student’s level. It doesn’t always run as smoothly as we would like, and I worked with all aspects of the school community to address constituent concerns as they came up. There is tremendous support from parents, community, businesses, alumni, and just about everyone to support our neighborhood schools, but that energy and potential needs to be unlocked and directed in efficient ways.
In our 2017-18 State Budget for the Department of Education, $92.5 billion was allocated towards K-12 education and $32.5 billion for Higher Education. That is a lot of money, but in terms of dollars per student, we are not funding our education system at adequate levels.
Through the course of the campaign we are going to explore and expand supplemental educational opportunities such as, but not limited to, field trips, science fairs, robotics competitions, musical performances, art exhibits, literary festivals, career days, and athletic competitions. We will get into the details of charter schools, think outside of the box on textbooks & curriculum, and advocate for funding for special education & magnet programs. We will activate college students around the cost of tuition. We will have much needed conversations on how our public school system got to where it is, where it is going, and specific things we can do in the State Assembly to make California’s public education system the best in the world.