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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Fresno Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 7

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Amanda Karabian

Retired Safety Director
2,465 votes (11.52%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • We need to work collaboratively with families and educators, to achieve an environment that allows for the discussion of ideas and improves educational opportunities for our students.
  • We need to enable teachers to utilize their expertise to determine the right methods for teaching their students rather than focusing on computer-generated data.
  • We need improved student and staff safety by continuing to work with local law enforcement to address and maintain the needs of our individual schools.



Profession:Retired Safety Director, Parent, Advocate


Saint Mary's College of California Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1992)



The following is my experience working and collaborating, as a parent advocate, within the education system:



At the time, our school district wasn’t providing the training the teachers wanted and needed, in order to help them with students who were displaying challenging behavior in their classrooms. I worked closely with school administration to bring training from outside agencies to teachers that focused on addressing their concerns with behavior management and best practice strategies for maintaining student focus during lessons. This training was implemented for several years and empowered teachers to understand and respond to student behavior effectively.


In an effort to bring awareness and to stop bullying in its tracks, we wanted to show how students are more alike than different. “The Lego Club” is a program I helped create that brought students from different learning backgrounds together through play. The Lego Club sought to educate students about their learning differences and disabilities, dispel myths, teach the importance of tolerance, and combat bullying while building friendships through a mutual love of Legos. Students expanded their peer groups and broadened their perceptions by interacting with those they’d not normally interact. This program was widely successful and continues to bring students together at River Bluff Elementary today. In a continued effort to keep a spotlight on bullying prevention, we wanted to educate our school communities and build understanding, awareness, and tolerance.


In a continued effort to keep a spotlight on bullying prevention, we wanted to educate our school communities and build understanding, awareness, and tolerance. I worked with families, teachers, and school administrators to create “Autism Awareness Week” for the entire Central Unified School District, K-12. The program includes library support with Autism-focused books and custom activities for each grade level to help non-disabled students experience what it might be like for those on the Autism spectrum. Since its inception, the program has done a great job building empathy through shared experiences. I have also worked as an advocate for special education families to ensure program funding from the district and through private donations. One of the ideas I assisted in bringing to fruition was the creation of an outreach night for families raising children with special needs that included speakers who have been directly impacted by disability.



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