As a parent and an educator, I have a strong sense of how important student mental and emotional well-being is to their future success. I would like to ensure that our communities provide adequate support. I would also love to incorporate children's voices even more into district policies.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
Based on my career as an educator and school administrator, I believe that children’s mental and emotional well-being is critical. I believe that schools need to reinforce children’s mental wellness program continuously. , Also, parent education, especially educating and supporting immigrant families to understand better their children is very important. Community needs to foster more parent workshops to help parents communicate effectively with their children. Lastly, school environment should help students gain confidence in their cultural identity through encouraging children-led initiatives in sharing their culture at school.
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
As a former administrator, I am very well aware that running financially solvent school is not easy at all in many aspects. But, I believe that funds for children’s program need to be prioritized since schools exist for children. I will advocate the fund for children’ mental wellness program, if elected.
What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?
Early childhood education of the first five years are especially crucial for physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development.(Reference by Care About Quality was published by the California Department of Education in 2000) More updated and broad education opportunities for early childhood educator training need to be reinforced. With qualified teachers, community centers and language schools can facilitate quality child care and preschool program. It will make more chances for low-income children and English language learners to easily access early childhood education.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
Parent education needs to be emphasized. Children with special needs or with disabilities need to be appropriately cared in their home first. With adequate knowledge about their need, those students could be well guided into right program. More parent training and mentoring program for parents of the children need to be run and promoted.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?
I will encourage the school administrators to incorporate more volunteer opportunities for low-income children and children of color experience. Especially, high school students in the district can have initiative to make more peer tutoring. Also, schools can make a nearby sister school and peer tutoring between a sister school could be implemented. The AVID(college prep class) is also great program by helping students who don’t have much access be able to get to college. This this program should be expanded to many schools.