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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

Compton Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mary L. Jackson-Freeny

School Social Worker
918 votes (4.67%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Promoting Trauma Sensitive Schools to help children exposed to trauma achieve academically, socially and emotionally.
  • College and Career Readiness - Graduating students college prepared and career ready.
  • Safe and Equitable Learning Environment – Teachers and students cannot access the curriculum unless they feel physically safe and emotionally secure



Profession:School Social Worker with a CWA Certification
Restorative Justice Adviser, Los Angeles Unified School Districrt (2014–current)
Dropout Prevention and Intervention Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District (2010–2014)
Pupil Services and Attendance Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District (2009–2010)
Pupil Servicres and Attrendance Counselor, Los Angeles Unified School District (1999–2009)
Adoptions Social Worker, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (1997–1999)



As a native Californian, born and raised in Compton, and a graduate of Compton Adult School,  my life experience has prepared me for such a time as this.  As a single mother of three and a foster mother of many children their education was very important to me, because I knew it would determine their future.  The same is true for all the children that attend Compton schools.  Their educational experiences will not only shape their lives, but also how they view the world and determine their place in the world. 


It is because of my passion for education that I worked very hard to continue my education, despite working a full time job and parenting my children and foster children.  While working at a factory in Hawthorne, I attend UCLA Extension to earn a certificate in purchasing.  Then at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach I pursued and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Management.  When the industry took a dive and I found myself laid off I continued my education at the University of Southern California where I earned a Masters in Social Work.


After working for the Department of Children and Family Services for two years I sought and secured a position with Los Angeles Unified School District as a Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor.  It was at this time that I returned to California State University Dominguez Hills and earned a Masters in Education and an Administrative Credential.


I truly believe Education is the great equalizer and it is this strong belief that motivates me to want to be in a position to guide policy and decisions that impact childrens lives, a create high achieving schools.  Schools are the heart of the community, and children spend the majority of their lives in schools, therefore, schools should be maintained and staffed with the best people. 


For nearly two decades, I have worked with parents, faculty and staff members to collectively advance the education and welfare of children.  Currently I work at the district level supporting 122 schools and nearly 80,000 students implementing a philosophy that will dismantle the school to prison pipeline and keep our students in school and out of the juvenile justice system. 


My 5-Point Plan of Excellency is as follows:


·       College and Career Readiness


·       Safe and Equitable Learning Environment


·       High Achieving Trauma-Sensitive Schools


·       Faculty and Staff Professional Development


·       Student, Parent and Guardian Empowerment


My current endorsements include but are not limited to:


·       Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton


·       Dr. George McKenna, LAUSD Board of Supervisors, District 1


·       Reverend Dr. Michael Hopwood, Retired Educator and Community Advocate


·       Damone Hale, Esq., Attorney and Community Advocate


Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (2)

  • Mayor Aja Brown
  • Dr. George McKenna III

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