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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Piedmont Unified School DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Education

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Sarah Pearson

School Board Member
4,243 votes (27.62%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Excellent Education For All Students
  • Strong Fiscal Oversight
  • Accountability to Stakeholders

Experience

Experience

Profession:Pediatrician, School Board Member
Vice-President, Piedmont Board of Education, City of Piedmont — Elected position (2012–current)
Co-chair,, Measures B&E School Parcel Tax Campaign — Elected position (2008–2009)

Education

University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency (2000)
Stanford School of Medicine MD, medicine (1996)
Harvard University Batchelor of Arts, graduated with Honors, Comparative Religion and Anthropology (1989)

Community Activities

Facilitator, , Piedmont Parents Network (2009–current)
Board Liaison to over 25 District committees & support organizations, e.g. , Budget Advisory Committee, Healthy Relationships Committee, Math Task Force, Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont Ed Foundation (2012–current)
President, , Piedmont Middle School Parents Club (2010–2011)

Biography

I have been honored to serve on the Piedmont Board of Education for the past four years, and I hope the citizens of Piedmont will support me and elect me for second term.

This is an exciting time in education, and I believe our public schools serve the children of Piedmont better now than they did five years ago. We have earned top academic rankings while focusing on the whole child and nurturing curiosity and love-of-learning in our students. Nonetheless, PUSD faces many challenges that will require thoughtful consideration and require all stakeholders to work collaboratively to ensure well-informed decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources.

My husband, Evan Seevak, and I have three children who are so grateful for the Piedmont schools. They and their classmates have benefitted from great teachers who use innovative instructional strategies, such as differentiated teaching, and make the curriculum relevant and engaging. My children have enjoyed participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities at school, such as community service, athletics, journalism and the creative arts (acting, a cappella, instrumental music, studio art and ceramics). Our eldest just graduated from Piedmont High, and it is heartwarming to look at her classmates and see that these thirteen years in the Piedmont schools truly produce thoughtful, curious, creative and caring individuals who value community and service. I am optimistic that our graduates will become engaged global citizens.

I enjoy serving on the Board, and I believe that I can provide strong leadership in the next term. I have a proven record of working well with all stakeholders. I ask tough questions, research best practices, and insist that we get follow-up whenever we approve a program change. Our children’s educational experience is directly related to the quality of teaching, and I support rigorous hiring practices and on-going attention to teacher training and evaluation. I have a K-12 perspective, and I embrace an attitude of continual improvement. I want to ensure that PUSD continues to provide an excellent education to all of our students.

I am grateful to live in a community where people work together to make Piedmont a special place, and I am honored to serve on the Board of Education. I hope to be re-elected for a second term to keep the focus of the Board on providing the best possible public education for all the children of Piedmont.

Sincerely,
Sarah

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Piedmonter newspaper http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/10/11 Editorial
  • Mary & Fritz Wooster, 39-year Piedmont residents

Elected Officials (5)

  • Rick Raushenbush, Current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Doug Ireland, current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Amal Smith, current member of Piedmont School Board
  • Teddy Gray King, current member of the Piedmont City Council
  • Jeff Wieler, current member of the Piedmont City Council

Individuals (5)

  • Tim Rood, current member of the Piedmont City Council
  • John Chiang, former mayor of Piedmont
  • Sue Smegal, former member of the Piedmont School Board
  • Michael Bruck, former mayor of Piedmont
  • Valerie Matzger, former mayor of Piedmont

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Sarah Pearson:

Making sure that the community is fully informed about school board issues is one of the most challenging, but also one of the most important parts of the job.  We work hard to keep people informed through regular updates on the District website, the Piedmont Portal, and submissions to the local newspapers.  We encourage residents to access these sites and also to attend meetings of the LCAP Advisory Committee.

 

The local control formula for school spending will be reviewed at Board of Education meetings, which are open to all community members.  The Agenda and attachments are posted on the District website the Friday before each meeting. Board meetings are also televised on KCOM, and video links are available on the district website.

 

The public is welcome to join us as we develop District goals to support teaching and learning at monthly meetings of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee. 

 

As stated on the PUSD website, the purpose of the LCAP Advisory Committee is to consult, review, and comment on the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan. Each school district across the state is required to engage all stakeholders and adopt a strategic plan called a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The LCAP must describe how the District will meet annual goals for students that reflect both State requirements and local priorities.  The public can review the 2016-17 LCAP on the District website.  

 

The LCAP Advisory Committee will meet regularly to review and provide input on sections of the LCAP being developed for the 2017-18 school year.  The monthly LCAP Advisory Committee Meetings are listed on the PUSD website and open to the public.  

 

Information about the Local Control Funding Formula and LCAP can also be found on the Piedmont Portal.  If elected, I will ensure that the District keeps the PUSD website updated and shares information about school spending and our plans to measure outcomes with The Piedmont Highlander (the PHS student newspaper), The Piedmonter, The Piedmont Post, and The Piedmont Civic Association website.

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