I am a native Sacramento resident who attended K-12 in the San Juan Unified School District. I married my best friend and we chose to raise our two children in this amazing community we call home. My son currently attends third grade in SJUSD and my daughter will enter kindergarten next year. I have been an active parent volunteering in my son’s elementary school and have voiced various concerns to the SJUSD trustees during board meetings. I have developed an understanding how students, teachers and administrators work together to accomplish goals and overcome challenges within San Juan Unified School District and noticed many changes and policies that aren’t in the best interests of our students. Indoctrination in education and mandates are concerning to me. California ranks 50/50 in literacy and 8th graders are performing at the 5th grade math level while graduation rates increase. We need trustees on the SJUSD board who will listen to parents and defend their rights. I will give all families a voice, as they are who I will serve. This is an investment I personally need to make as my children and your students are the future of America.