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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Los Alamitos Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Marlys Davidson

Educational Consultant
10,366 votes (26.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A school district that operates with transparency based on collaboration, teamwork and respect. A process of decision making that seeks out and embraces input, debate and discussion from all stakeholders.
  • A learning environment designed to engage every student and meet their individual needs and a campus that makes students safe and feel welcome.
  • Fiscal accountability that ensures our highest priority is to provide for the academic success, safety and well-being of every student.



Profession:Teacher & Education Consultant
Education Consultant, Los Alamitos Unified School District (2016–current)
Teacher, Los Alamitos Unified School District (1991–2016)
Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Los Alamitos Unified School District (2013–2016)


Argosy University M.Ed. Instructional Leadership (2010)
CSULB Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (1991)
University of Califonia, Irvine B.A. (1975)

Community Activities

Founder, Stephanie Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund (1998–current)
Founding Advisor, Griffins with a Mission (2000–2010)
Executive Board Member, LAHS Cheer (1994–1998)
Executive Board Member, LAHS Baseball (1987–1992)
Executive Board Member, Hopkinson PTA (1988–1991)


My heart is in this community. My parents bought their first home in Rossmoor in 1957. I opened Rossmoor Elementary as a 2nd grader. My sister Marilyn and I grew up playing baseball in the street, having Girl Scout campouts in the Eucalyptus Grove that is now Old Ranch Golf Course, and spending summers with friends at Seal Beach. My husband and I were determined to raise our children in the special community that we grew up in. Ever since we moved back to the area in 1980, it has been our joy to have actively engaged in the growth of our community in a variety of capacities and to have watched our children grow up in this very special place.   

For 25 years, I was privileged to teach the children of this district at elementary and secondary levels.  Challenged every day to connect with the minds and hearts of my students, and to truly understand their aspirations, strengths, and needs, I became acutely aware of the role of the teacher as a lifelong learner. Working alongside truly exceptional educators who never accept anything as good enough, we questioned, researched, strategized, shared, and teamed to create learning experiences that challenged and engaged our students.  I learned the lifelong lesson that collaboration and teamwork built on shared goals and mutual respect produce much greater outcomes. In 2010, I was selected the district’s Teacher of the Year, an honor I share with all the truly incredible teachers who mentored me and worked by my side from my first day in the classroom to my last.


In my final few years at McAuliffe, I served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) creating and presenting staff development, facilitating the creation of units of study for grades 3 through 8, and coordinating Instructional Networking which enables teachers to observe one another in their classrooms. These positions have given me the opportunity to work closely with teachers from every campus and to discuss, debate, and problem-solve with site and district administrators.


I cannot imagine what could be more meaningful than to have the opportunity to continue to work for this community that has given so much to my family for four generations. No other candidate has my background as an educator in this district. It is an incredibly rich background that will give me a strong voice to advocate for our students, parents, and community on our School Board.  As a former student, a parent, and a teacher in Los Alamitos, my heart belongs to our schools and, most of all, to our children. Vote Marlys Davidson for Los Alamitos Unified School Board on November 6th!

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Patti Meyer, Retired LAUSD Deputy Superintendent of Business Services
  • Karen Lovelace, Retired LAUSD Superintendent of Education Services
  • Annie Allen, Retired Principal, McAuliffe Middle School, California Middle School Principal of the Year 2018

Organizations (1)

  • Los Alamitos Education Association

Elected Officials (2)

  • Ron Bates, Former Mayor & Councilman, Los Alamitos
  • Josh Lowenthall, Candidate for State Assembly

Individuals (15)

  • Frieda Kaplan, Founder & Namesake of Frieda’s Produce
  • Mildred Watson, Former Los Alamitos High School Counselor
  • Nona Rafferty, Former Los Alamitos High School Counselor
  • Dennis Parmer, Former Los Alamitos High School Counselor
  • Linda McKinon, Former Los Alamitos High School Counselor
  • Tammy Lundbland, Former Los Alamitos High School Counselor
  • Margrit Kendrik, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Mary Holzang, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Kathi O’Brien Herreia, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Jeanne Flint, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Matt Dugan, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Del Clark, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Marilyn Bates, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Donna Artukovic, Former Los Alamitos School Board Member
  • Dennis Sackett, Retired McAuliffe Middle School Principal

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy




District Teacher of the Year 2010

McAuliffe Middle School Teacher of the Year, Seal Beach Lion’s Club

PTA Honorary Service Award - Hopkinson Elementary


PTA Continuing Honorary Service Award - McAuliffe Middle School




Marlys Davidson will provide a new set of eyes and a fresh perspective. The same five board members have represented the Los Alamitos community for almost a decade.


Marlys Davidson believes in fiscal responsibility and transparency. She will ensure that the money and resources in our school district get back to the students and into the classroom.

Marlys Davidson will create open lines of regular communication with parents and stakeholders to ensure diverse perspectives are researched, discussed, and debated.

Marlys Davidson believes that the emotional safety and well-being of students is as important as the physical safety of our school campuses. As a school board member, Marlys Davidson will work diligently to ensure schools have the resources to provide a safe and welcoming environment every child deserves.

Marlys Davidson deeply values the expertise of the teachers in the Los Alamitos Unified School District. Once elected, Marlys will meet with teachers and visit campuses regularly to better inform her decision-making.

As an American history teacher for 25 years, Marlys Davidson taught her students to treasure the words of the Declaration of Independence and take to heart the challenge by Thomas Jefferson to consider that in a democracy, it is not simply our right, but it is our duty to work for positive change in our community and our nation. Marlys Davidson plans to stand by that challenge when she serves the students and community she loves as a School Board member.

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