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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Fremont Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Benaifer Dastoor

Community Volunteer
15,630 votes (11.04%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Excellent and Comprehensive Education with Student Wellness at the forefront.
  • Recruitment and Retention of excellent teachers by providing them with necessary resources.
  • Accountability and transparency in all operations and communications and adopting a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders.

Experience

Education

University of Bombay Master of Commerce, Business finance and Economics (1996)

Biography

I moved to the United States from India in 2000, first to Arizona and then to California.  My two daughters attended Eaton Elementary, Lawson Middle, and Cupertino High School. My eldest child just completed her first year in college, and my younger child graduated from Cupertino High this year. My husband is an engineer and works in the tech industry.  As a family, we love travelling and spending time together.

​My involvement in education began when my children started school. During the past thirteen years, I have worked extensively with teachers, administrators, parents, and students in our local public schools.  I have gained leadership experience by leading PTAs at the school and the council level and various booster organizations. I have also served on several school district committees devoted to helping our community thrive. My most memorable experiences have been volunteering alongside students and their families and establishing new programs benefiting our students and school community.

Investing in our public schools and making them stronger is the greatest gift we can give our children.  The breadth and depth of my involvement, along with my professional experience in finance, have also given me a greater understanding of the school district and of the issues important to our school community.   As an FUHSD board trustee, I hope to continue serving our school community, as I have for all these years as a parent leader:  by listening, understanding issues, and working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and administrators.

My involvement with the school community over the years:

Current:

¨Board Member - Fremont Union High Schools Foundation

¨Member of three crucial committees of Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD):

¨Citizen Advisory Committee

¨Student Wellness Task force

¨Family Engagement Committee

¨West Valley Services Volunteer

 Leadership Positions held (between 2006-2018):

¨President, Cupertino High School PTA

¨President, Sam Lawson Middle School PTA

¨Treasurer, Cupertino-Fremont-Sunnyvale Council of PTA

¨Treasurer, Cupertino High School PTSA

¨Measure H Bond Oversight committee - CUSD

 ¨District Advisory Committee - CUSD

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Benjamin Picard, Superintendent, Sunnyvale School District
  • Joe Simitian, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Larry Stone, County Assessor, Santa Clara County

Organizations (3)

  • FEA - FUHSD teachers' union
  • AFL-CIO South Bay Council
  • CSEA - FUHSD staff union

Elected Officials (15)

  • California State - Evan Low, State Assembly member (District 28)
  • Nancy Hirstein Smith, Sunnyvale City Councilor
  • CUSD Board Trustee - Liang-Fang Chao
  • CUSD Board President - Soma McCandless
  • Sunnyvale School District Board Trustee - Nancy Newkirk
  • Sunnyvale School District Board President - Reid Myers
  • FUHSD Board Trustee - Roy Rocklin
  • FUHSD Board Trustee, Jeff Moe
  • FUHSD Board Trustee, Hung Wei
  • FUHSD Board Trustee - Barbara Nunes
  • CUSD Board Trustee - Anjali Kausar
  • CUSD Board Trustee - Kristen Lyn
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board Trustee - Peter Landsberger
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board Trustee - Pearl Cheng
  • CUSD Board Trustee, Phyllis Vogel

Individuals (19)

  • Kelli Cree, Parent, Sunnyvale middle school
  • Mo Fong, Parent, CLIP
  • Sandi Spires, fomer parent Fremont High School
  • Elaine Zhang, Parent, Homestead High School
  • Allison Ireland, Parent, Columbia Middle School
  • Uma Sriram, Parent, Cupertino Middle and Fremont High School
  • Shalini Kaushik, Parent, Lynbrook High School
  • Peggy Alreck-Anthony, Lynbrook High School
  • David Nishijima, Parent, Lynbrook High School
  • Loy Oppus Moe, Fremont Union High Schol Foundation
  • Jena Rajabally, Parent, Lynbrook High School
  • Ruth Ashkenazi, Parent, Cupertino High School
  • Carol Gao, Parent, Homestead High School
  • Visit website benaifer-dastoor.com for a complete list of endorsements
  • Sunita Merchia, Parent, Monta Vista High School
  • Maya Bronicki, Parent Cupertino Middle School & Homestead High
  • Lenora Montoya Heuchert - Parent, Fremont High School
  • Gail Marzolf - Parent, Monta Vista High
  • Myoung Kang, former parent Cupertino High School

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Political affiliation - Independent

 Guiding principles of my life 

  • Live and let live
  • Treat others as you would wish to be treated

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