I am running for school board because I want to represent you, the community in the Los Altos School district, on the board. According to the California School Board Association, "the role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of their communities." We elect a school board so that the students have a voice on the board. Last year, I was truly shocked to know the school board was not concerned about the well-being or safety of my child. According to CSBA "Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States." As your school board representative, I will represent the students' needs at the board level.
Unlike our experience with the board last year, I will be an advocate for the students.
As a child of immigrants, I was taught that education is the foundation for upward mobility. All children should have access to high quality education so they can achieve. We live in an area of abundance and many of us worked very hard to live here hoping that the schools will give our children the best education. Over last couple of years, many parents, who had the financial ability, moved their children to private schools. According to edsource.org, the Los Altos School District lost greater than 16% of enrollment since 2019. This is the third largest drop in the state of California. Many parents who moved their kids to private schools found their children were behind academically sometimes up to 2 years. This inequity in education between the private and public schools is unacceptable. We must ensure that public school children get equitable access to high quality education, so they have the same opportunity to succeed.
We must tackle and treat anxiety and depression in our school children. As a mother to two children with selective mutism, a severe form of anxiety, I understand the struggle of parents who have kids who are anxious. School administrators and teacher need education on this topic now. School officials, teachers, administrator and anyone who is working with a child must understand how to deal with anxiety and depression.
Greater than 16% of families moved out of the Los Altos School district since 2019. Some of these parents shared with me the shock to learn of how far academically behind their children were compared to the private school children. These differences in education between the private and public schools are an example of inequity. All children should have access to a high-quality education.
It is important especially in the lower grades that kids get a good foundation, so they are not struggling in the higher grades. Grades are not important at the lower grades; however, parents and teachers should know if their child is behind grade level.
I will advocate for the students and work toward inclusivity in the school system. All children belong in the schools and should feel comfortable and safe.
There is a national youth mental health crisis. In California, 12 % of children suffer from anxiety and depression. It is important the schools know how to effectively help these kids. As a mother to two children with selective mutism, I have had to learn how to effectively treat anxiety. The most important aspect of treating anxiety is exposure therapy. It is important to be supportive enough so children can participate more and overcome their anxiety.
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I grew up in the San Jose area to immigrant parents. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and went on to obtain a medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. I trained at Lenox Hill hospital in New York city where I met my midwestern husband. After living throughout the country, we moved back to the Bay Area in 2013. I have practiced medicine in all the local hospitals.