Adam Carranza, Mountain View School District Governing Board
I know what you know: That our community has more potential than others claim; that we can offer our kids a chance at the American dream; and that we can continue to better the lives of hardworking families. We sacrifice for our children, and they work hard in return. I believe our students deserve an equal shot at having the choice of college or career.
As a child of a single mother, growing up poor, and not knowing anything about college I know I was lucky and families like mine need more than luck to get a good education but it doesn’t come easy. I was lucky to have a strong mom and good teachers that helped me get to college. But I want that opportunity for all students of El Monte, especially those growing up poor. I’m running to ensure we have a system that sets all students up for success regardless of their background or income.
As a district we made vital shared sacrifices during the recession while building strong partnerships that lead to increased parent satisfaction and involvement, and, most importantly, improved teaching and learning in our schools. We worked with our city, non-profit groups, organizations, and businesses to do more with less. We saved our band and art programs; developed summer enrichment programs; built park space; increased attendance; expanded college awareness, and conserved energy. But more needs to be done to implement coming new teaching standards.
El Monte, California