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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Oceanside Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 3

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Ann Corwin

Oceanside Unified School District Board Member
1,377 votes (27.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue increasing test scores and graduation rates
  • Strengthen our Safe Schools environment
  • Implement an effective, but responsible budget which ensures that every dime spent benefits our students

Experience

Biography

       Ann’s commitment to Oceanside Unified students began in 1973 at Ditmar Elementary School, and continued at South Oceanside Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle School until her retirement in 2006. A graduate of San Diego State University at the age of 21, she spent her first three years teaching in El Centro, her hometown, in the same school as her mother, a teacher for 24 years.

        Her master teaching skills were developed in the classroom, as a head teacher, and as a reading resource teacher.  An A.V.I.D.  (a program which targets underserved students of our community and prepares them for college) teacher and Coordinator, she led King Middle School AVID program to becoming a National Demonstration School. She became a National trainer for AVID International. Ann mentored beginning teachers, served on many district committees, and has evaluated school programs throughout San Diego County.

                After retiring from OUSD, she accepted a position at nearby St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Vista where she spent six additional years teaching. In 2014, Ann successfully campaigned for Oceanside Unified School Board Trustee. She has served on the school board for the past 4 years and is currently serving as president. 

 

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Actions speak louder than words. A brief overview of accomplishments:

Due spotty financial support from Sacramento and declining enrollment, the board recognized that the financial condition in the next few years might put OUSD in the red. To ensure that doesn’t happen, she led the way in offering a retirement incentive which avoided employee layoffs, saved our district 8 million dollars and allowed us to offer well-deserved employee raises.

While recognizing the financial difficulties ahead, Ann continues to work hard to find solutions with every part of the budget being scrutinized. One of the areas that is potentially a savings is average daily attendance. Oceanside has an attendance rate of 94% consistency. If that rate can be improved just 1%, that saves the district $2 million dollars. Under Ann’s leadership, a plan which involves students reaching out to students to get them back to school has been implemented, and it is working.

Student safety and well-being are a top priority for Ann. She serves on the safety/security committee and is committed to anti-bullying education for all students. During her tenure on the school board, OUSD is unique among school districts in bringing 24/7 mentoring services to our students and families in crisis. Through grants and Medicare funding, the mentors support students struggling with attendance, academic challenges, hunger, abuse, and homelessness by finding the resources available in the community and connecting those in need. Safe havens for our LGBTQ students are available in every middle and high school and each of our schools now has an active Gay Student Alliance club.

Committed to preparing every graduate with the skills needed to move successfully on to college or career, Ann has actively supported an increase in College/Career Pathways in our high schools. Students can currently pursue college and career pathways in public service such as nursing, paramedic, policing, teaching, and firefighting; Environmental Science and Engineering; Arts/Digital Media and Design; and Business Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship.

In the interest of parents and students seeking home school and independent study opportunities, Ann has  supported the development of the Oceanside Unified Schools Independent Study Program. Parents of elementary students work in conjunction with our home school program teachers to develop individual plans while giving the parents flexibility in their schedules. Older students can take advantage of the Independent study program offering individualized scheduling and staff support.

 

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