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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Natomas Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Cynthia Connell

Retired Teacher
7,519 votes (20.56%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Retain our highly qualified and invested teaching and classified staff
  • Reduce class sizes to the state-mandated sizes, at a minmum
  • Create and expand viable career pathways for students

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired teacher, Retired Engineer, Paralegal
Teacher, Natomas Unified School District (2005–2017)
Field Sales Engineer, Hewlett Packard Co (1982–1999)
Design Engineer, Texas Instruments (1980–1982)

Education

California State University Sacramento California Teaching Credential, Secondary School Mathematics (2005)
Cal State University Sacramento BS, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics (1980)

Community Activities

Thrift Store Volunteer, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop (2016–2018)
Exec Board Officer (President, VP, Treasurer), Natomas Teachers Association (2006–2017)
Ex-Oficio Officer, Natomas Schools Foundation (2007–2009)
Vice President, CSUS Engineering Department Alumni Chapter (1987–1988)
Hewlett Packard Representative, Sacramento Chamber of Commerce (1984–1986)

Biography

I worked as a design engineer, sales engineer and field support engineer for 20 years before retiring to become a math teacher. I taught in NUSD for 12 years, and retired from that field last year. During my time in NUSD, I sat on the Budget Advisory Committee and the Natomas Schools Foundation. I was on the bargaining team and was President of the teacher's union during our budget crisis when we faced state receivership. I sat on the Zero-Based Budgeting commitee headed by General Davie and helped resurrect our budget and avoid receivership. I taught and guided almost 2000 of our students through their math challenges and successes, and developed solid relationships with both students and parents. I am proud of the work I've done and the relationships I've created in Natomas. I am experienced with LCFF, the LCAP and our budget, internal NUSD policies and processes, and the current district vision and goals. I'm also very familiar with how the system works and, more importantly, doesn't work in the trenches at our school sites, and have the drive, enthusiasm and commitment to look into all aspects of the district in order to improve outcomes for our students.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Natomas Teachers' Association
  • Sacramento Central Labor Council
  • Democratic Party Of Sacramento County

Organizations (2)

  • California School Employees Association
  • BWOPA-SAC Black Women Organized for Political Action

Individuals (7)

  • Sally White, Business Owner, Sally E. Concierge
  • Robert Alonzo, NUSD Gradate and past student, Delivery Driver, Coca-Cola Bottling Co
  • Brandon Rugne, NUSD Graduate and past student, Sous Chef, Malabar
  • Alexis Inglemon, NUSD Teacher Special Education
  • Omega Brewer, Past CSEA President. SEIU Political Coordinator
  • Lisa MacMIllan, NUSD Teacher of the Year
  • Molly White Ibietatorremendia, Inderkum Boosters / Heron PTSA (former)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have lived in Natomas since 2000 and taught in our neighborhood schools for 12 years until retiring last year. As an executive board member of the teachers' union l learned how important it is that our district administration be willing to engage families and teachers for student success. As a member of the Budget Advisory Committee, I learned firsthand how Natomas' resources are allocated, and how important transparency is for our community.

Nobody knows better than parents what their kids need. And nobody works harder than teachers to prepare our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Things need improving. But we can't improve our schools if parents, teachers and classified staff don't have a seat at the table where the decisions are made. As your school board member, I will build a team to make partnership, not politics, a priority. I will bring people together, not pull them apart - teachers, classified, students, parents, administrators and the school board. We need a school board that respects employees and parents, and works with them in partnership to make decisions about our schools. I know that we need cooperation, not conflict, to meet the challenges ahead.

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