Every child deserves an excellent education, regardless of life circumstances, and fighting to make this idea a reality has been my life's work. I learned the importance of education firsthand from my parents. My father, who was raised in a family of ten by a single mom and grew up outside of Detroit, works at a small manufacturing business in Van Nuys. My mother is an immigrant from Perú who received her postsecondary education at Pacoima Skills Center, an LAUSD adult school and has worked for many years helping others at a local hospital in Mission Hills.
After graduating from high school in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, I attended UC Berkeley, where I worked three jobs, over 50 hours a week, in order to pay my way through college and help support my working family. It was this experience that led to my decision to return home and to serve our community as a teacher in LAUSD. I served as a geometry teacher at a district high school and as a 6th grade science teacher in Lakeview Terrace.
I was appointed by President Obama as an education advisor in his Administration where I had the honor to lead the Obama Administration's successful advocacy to increase education funding and support for special populations of students, including English language learners, immigrant students, homeless students, students in foster care, justice-involved youth, and others.
Through my years of experience as a teacher and advisor to President Obama, I know that the single most important thing we can do is invest in education. I have a proven record of successful advocacy, including securing over $50 million in additional education funding for our most vulnerable students and families. With your support, I look forward to continuing this fight for educational equity as a member of the LAUSD Board of Education.