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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections

El Monte Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Ricardo Padilla

School Counselor/Teacher
2,940 votes (24.04%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • College and Career Readiness for All Students
  • Accountability/Fiscal Responsibility
  • Safe and Secure Schools



Profession:School Counselor
Counselor - Child Welfare and Attendance, El Monte City School District (1993–current)
Member - Board of Trustees, El Monte Union High School District — Elected position (2013–current)
Member, Board of Trustees - El Monte Union High School District — Elected position (2013–current)


Point Loma University Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Leadership (2005)
Azusa Pacific University Bachelor of Arts, Human Development (2002)
Rio Hondo Community College Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts (1998)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association (1997–current)
Member, El Monte City School District Mental Health Collaborative (2013–current)
Member, STEM and AVID College Program (2013–current)


Ricardo Padilla is a product of the El Monte City School District, attending Rio Vista and Gidley Schools, graduating from El Monte Union High School District's Rosemead High School as the first member of his family to earn a high school diploma.  He continued his studies at Rio Hondo Community College, receiving an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts.  He then earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from Azusa Pacific University.  Ricardo went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Point Loma University.  He holds an ESL Teaching Credential, an Administrative Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Counseling Credential, and a Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification.

His experience in education has been as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant, ESL Teacher, AVID College Program Coordinator, Summer School Principal, and School Counselor.  Currently, Ricardo is a counselor in Child Welfare and Attendance.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (11)

  • David Siegrist, El Monte City School District Board
  • Esthella Torres de Siegrist, El Monte Union High School District Board
  • Steven Ly, City of Rosemead Mayor Pro-Temp
  • Bill Alarcon, Rosemead City Councilman
  • Margaret Clark, Rosemead City Councilwoman
  • Hector Delgado, City of South El Monte Councilman
  • Juventino "J" Gomez, City of El Monte Councilman
  • Veronica Castillo, Valle Lindo School Board Member
  • Angelica Garcia, South El Monte Councilwoman
  • Sandra Armenta, City of Rosemead Councilwoman
  • Blanca Rubio, State Assemblywoman 48th District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a 24 year educator in public education, Ricardo fully understands the importance of a 21st Century Education.  He has had the privilege of working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the school community and beyond to help meet the needs of all students, ensuring their opportunities for success. A 21st Century education emphasizes Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.  El Monte Union High School students deserve this high quality of instruction and leadership.

His strongly held goals are:  College and Career Readiness for All Students, Accountability/Fiscal Responsibility, Parent Involvement, and Safe and Secure Schools.

Ricardo Padilla has proven over his 24 years that he is able to build positive relationships with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and staff to ensure that each student is on the road to success.  He is a strong advocate for high quality public education.

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