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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Oakley Union Elementary School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Lisa Brizendine

Teacher/Technology Educator
8,244 votes (50.17%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring transparency to the office/support teachers and staff and help students become college and career ready.
  • Supporting students meet the idea of being college and career ready by supporting technology acquisition and supporting teacher professional development.
  • Supporting teachers and staff by improving pay rates and increased medical compensation by the district.



Profession:Teacher/Technology Educator
Teacher on Special Assignment- Technology and Curriculum and Instruction, Brentwood Union School District (2015–current)
Teacher, Oakley Union School District (2005–2015)


University of Phoenix MA , Administration and Supervision (2014)
National University MA, Cross Cultural Teaching (2006)


Age:49 Occupation: Teacher on Special Assignment- Brentwood Union School District  (professional or electoral) history: After a career in human resources, returned to school and became a teacher in 2005. A Worked for the Oakley Union School district for 11 years before moving to Brentwood Union School District in 2015.  Also I am currently a  Lead Faculty Area Chair for the Online College of Education (University of Phoenix) and have been employed at University of Phoenix since 2009 as a faculty member.  Personal Background: Married for 30 years to Bryan (a Contractor) Born in San Francisco and mainly raised in Antioch, I have been a resident of Oakley for the last 26 years, moving here in 1990.  We have two children, both adults and currently have a Grandson attending Oakley Schools.     Education: Graduated from Antioch High School and Los Medanos College.  Earned a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Chico, an MA in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University and a MA in Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Oakley Union Teachers Association
  • CSEA- California Schools Employees Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Sue Higgins- Council Member

Individuals (2)

  • Roni Gehlke
  • Annette Lewis

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 Lisa Brizendine:

Community should be involved in the process of defining the LCAP goals for the school, which determines the Local Control Formula.  If we involve all stakeholders in the process of creating the LCAP goals for schools then they will have the knowldege of the LCFF and will ensure that the district priorities are what the community wants and needs.  In turn, all district goals should always be tied back to the LCAP to ensure accountability for the process and that money is being spent on projects and needs that have been determined to be "best" for the district.  LCAP should be revisted and revised as necessary, with the same accountability process.  Reporting on the LCAP goals should be ongoing to ensure the success and accountability by the district and all departments within.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Students should be at the forefront of all of our decision making as a board as their needs should always come first.  The teachers and staff are the backbone of the schools and their commitment to their students should never be underscored, they are amazing, caring and essential members of the school community.  Additionally, for the future of our students, access to technology and cutting edge instructional resources needs to be explored to ensure that our students are college and career ready.     I am a candidate for the Oakley School Board because I felt the call to serve the students, employees and parents of the Oakley community.  There is not currently a teacher on the board and I feel that a teacher who understands Oakley and the dynamics could have a positive impact on the decisions made by the board.  As a former Oakley teacher, I am in a unique position to serve in this capacity because I understand the issues that Oakley faces. I also personally know many teachers, aides and other classified staff and know their commitment to their students and families which is often overlooked by the administration in Oakley.   

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