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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Duarte Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jody Schulz

Healthcare Administrator/Educator
2,326 votes (18.25%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Development a sustainable Fund Development program
  • Focus on elevating underserved programs and students and supporting college and career paths so all students are able to achieve their goals!
  • Support sustainable partnerships that benefit our students, teachers, district, and community



University of Illinois Master of Science, Biology (current)
University of California Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Efficiency Methodology for High Quality Services (current)
University of California Project Management (current)
University of Illinois Bachelor of Science, Community Health (current)


Through our schools, we build our future. As a member of the Duarte Unified School District Board of Education, I am committed to making sure our schools have the tools they need to succeed in preparing students for college or a career. I will work with parents and teachers, offering the support they need to support their students. I will also support fiscally sound decisions that increase our financial reserves.

As a board member, I support building the community one student at a time. Students should excel academically and socially, as teammates and citizens, through collaboration, camaraderie, compassion, understanding, and kindness. School is much more than a place where math and science is taught. It is where children grow into adults, find themselves, become friends, learn of achievement, gratitude, fear, loss, and winning. It is where their values are discovered and nurtured. Teachers are the conduit for supporting our children through this journey; parents, the district, and the community are the collaborators and role models who support the teachers.

Duarte Unified School District can only achieve excellence by building a community of learners, teammates, open-minded innovators, and positive stewards of diplomacy. Our vision must be to build bridges that connect our innovative visions into a unified goal, and that goal must be to build community one student at a time. Kids ... Teachers ... Competitive Advantage Plan (CAP) ... District ... Duarte ... We are in this together, as a community, as leaders, as family, as friends.

My name is Jody Schulz. I am an Educator, Performance Improvement Leader, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Project Manager and Healthcare Consultant, and the proud parent of a first grader. I am dedicated to supporting students based on need and to our teachers who ensure those needs are met daily, weekly, yearly, into adulthood, and beyond. I support the CAP and strategic partnerships that increase opportunities for students, offer better compensation and benefits to our teachers, and increase our financial reserves. Foremost, I will support policies that promote a Zero Tolerance regulation for bullying. Bullying against students, teachers, parents, or staff cannot be allowed if we are to be a district where students can thrive. Finally, and above all, I will ensure the students are always first. They are our future.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Duarte Unified Education Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

In the midst of focusing on my daughter’s school experience, I noticed opportunity for improvement for all students. Nothing means more to me than making sure my daughter and her friends, classmates, and upper class men receive the education they need, regardless of the challenges they face at home, at school, because of language, socioeconomic, special need, family or other circumstance or the aspirations they strive for such as AP coursework for college, vocational training for career or CSArts Conservatory. A student is a student is a student is a student. They are our purpose!


I am qualified by the following education and skill set.  I have a master's degree in biology, and am a successful non-profit healthcare leader, project manager and lean six sigma black belt, which is an efficiency driven methodology for improving the quality of services while decreasing costs, and I teach at the University of California.  


Non-profit healthcare is similar to public education in that it has limited funding and the leaders act as advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves, and support the ones who can. Having me on the school board will add a skill set that currently does not exist and will give a new perspective.  In the last year we have seen improvement in some programs after decades of declining enrollment, so we now need to work to make sure those programs are sustainable and allow for longevity for our Duarte students and community.  We also need to focus on other programs that need development.  One year of improvement does not a trend make.  I want to elevate DUSD for the long-term.  We appreciate the improvements that were made during last year under the previous superintendent.  However, we have more to do and many more students to support if we want to be a district of excellence.   


Advocacy, collaboration, fund development, program development, and project/analytical planning are what I hope to accomplish if I am elected.  My husband tells people that I am an extremely qualified candidate because I get things done.   I think I am an extremely qualified candidate because I am a mother of a six-year-old who is in first grade, so I have a vested interest in long-term sustainability for the next 12 years and beyond.  Elevate DUSD, vote for me November 6. 



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