State your occupation.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction – Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program which serves students in the communities of Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, and Pico Rivera.
How many years have you lived in Glendora?
Have you ever held an elected office before? If so, what position, where and when?
I have not held elected office. Professionally, I sit on the Rio Hondo College Adult Education Consortium, I am Ambassador Chair on a regional spring conference committee for the California Association of Career Technical Education (CACTE), and I am co-chair for the Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability committee for the California Association of Regional Occupational Programs (CAROCP). I have held many volunteer positions in the community including classroom mom, Relay For Life committee member, volunteer tax preparer, and Special Olympics volunteer, just to name a few.
What are your qualifications for running for school board?
I have worked in the educational sector since 2006 as a teacher and currently as an administrator. Prior to that, I was Director of Business Development at the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, which helped me understand and appreciate the close connection that exists between the community, businesses, and our schools. Additionally, I have earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, a Clear California Administrative Credential, and other professional credentials and certificates related to curriculum, instruction, leadership, administration, and Career Technical Education.
What do you consider the biggest issue(s) facing the district?
The biggest issues facing our district are:
• Advocating for and incorporating more Career Technical Education for our students at all grade levels.
• Ensuring we attract, retain, and support excellent teachers.
• Giving our teachers relevant professional development, tools, and technology they need in order to implement the state mandated educational standards.
• Creating the best educational environment for our students. This includes classrooms, technology, and class choices in order for our students to compete globally when they graduate from our district.
• Maintaining stable funding.
• Advocate for the elimination of the state mandated budget reserve cap, which undermines our local control and limits our ability to save for future investments in education and prepare for future economic downturns.
Name three qualities you have that make you the candidate of choice.
Knowledgable – I understand how to implement both Career Technical Education and rigorous college-preparatory academics so that our students leave GUSD ready to succeed in college and career. I will use this knowledge as I work with my board colleagues to govern the district.
Collaborative – I have the perspective of a parent, teacher, administrator, and involved community member, which allows
me to work with all constituent groups. I am a team player and I know how to build consensus in order to get things done.
Experienced – My career has allowed me to become experienced in many aspects of school administration, such as human resources, budgeting, purchasing, and facilities and maintenance. My professional background provides me an opportunity to make an immediate contribution to the Glendora Unified School District and the Glendora School Board.
How do you plan to work with the school board to overcome the issues facing the district?
Now more than ever school boards must collaborate and work together to provide an excellent education for our students. We must implement rigorous academics and excellent Career Technical Education at all grade levels. Our students need to have a well-rounded education in order to successfully compete in a global society. I will promote transparency and open communication, and I will work to involve all stakeholders in major decisions about the public education of our children. I welcome questions, comments, and conversation! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit me at www.electmauramurabito.com.