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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

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Brian Wheatley

Educator/Association President
8,375 votos (56.63%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Safe Spaces For Our Youth - Students thrive when they are not worried about their safety in and out of the classroom. I will focus on ensuring every campus is safe, and our students and educators have counseling and support services.
  • Housing In Crisis, Real Solutions For All - Our youth, our educators and too many families are impacted by the affordability crisis occurring in Silicon Valley. We have a unique opportunity to actualize employee housing.
  • Educating Every Child, Expanding Services - SJUSD is at the crossroads of change and we still have an achievement gap to address. I am a teacher by trade having taught in the classroom for 25 years. Students are at the center of everything I do.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Teacher/Evergreen Teachers Association President
Teacher, Evergreen School District (1985–current)

Educación

CS East Bay (formerly Hayward) Multi-subject Teaching Credential, Education (1984)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (1982)

Actividades comunitarias

Marriage Preparation Presenting Couple, San Jose Engaged Encounter (1993–current)
State Council Representative, California Teachers Association (2018–current)
President, Evergreen Teachers Association (2009–current)

Biografía

 

I was born in 1960 in Long Island, NY. At 18 months old, I was talking but not walking and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy which affects the right side of my body. I had several surgeries growing up which resolved much of my mobility problems as I learned to adapt.

My mom brought my sister and me to California in the late 60's after divorcing my father who suffered from alcoholism. Fiercely independent and self-reliant, Julie Dresdner passed those traits on to my sister and me. She worked as a high school librarian in Arcadia and went to night school to get her administrative credential. While not particularly religious, mom instilled in us the importance of public service and civic responsibility – that somehow, we were to make a difference in this world.

In 1978, I received a scholarship to attend UCLA. I soon found my niche as a political science major and planned to become a diplomat and save the world! The best thing about UCLA, of course, was meeting my future wife, Danielle and following her to Berkeley after I graduated in 1982.

My career in public education is thanks largely to Mrs. LeRue. I remember walking down Prince St. and hearing a very loud voice coming from the classroom on the corner. You see, she was a drill sergeant before becoming a teacher and she was used to commanding attention! It was abundantly clear she cared very deeply for those fifth graders, and I was soon hired as an aide for two Vietnamese boys struggling to adapt to a new country and culture.

I was offered a position in Evergreen School District in 1985, and I practiced negotiating peace with 5th and 6th grader for 25 years! Thanks to my mom, I was pro union from the beginning because it felt right and I was never alone, but I didn't give it much conscious thought for first 10 years as I focused on my students. I began to sense something was very wrong that I couldn't fix on my own. In 2001 No Child Left Behind was signed into law and the imposition of the harsh test and punish regime seemingly designed to produce failure in students and promote the narrative of the “bad teacher” was born. I realized I needed to find out more about the big picture.

I became more involved in the Evergreen Teachers Association when I was elected to the Executive Board and then asked to join the bargaining team in 2004. I soon became the chair and we negotiated our ‘06- ‘08 collective bargaining agreement. I then decided to run for ETA President and was elected beginning in the 2008-9 school year.

I have learned so much about how to lead and manage people thanks to training through Working Partnerships (WPUSA) and the multitude of conferences I’ve attended with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Throughout all of these positive interactions, I have learned that alone we are almost powerless to improve the lives the students we serve, but together we can accomplish great things!

Danielle & I were married in 1984. She started her own career as a librarian for the city of San Jose, took a job in the same capacity in Evergreen, and decided to go back to school to become a kindergarten teacher when funding issues at the state level caused librarians be eliminated in most elementary schools throughout California. She has become an institution at Montgomery and has always been incredibly supportive of my expanding public life.

While all this was happening for both of us, Danielle and I decided to expand our family. Nessa was born in 1988 followed by Julia in 1990. Both kids came with me to Norwood Creek starting in kindergarten and ended up going on to UC Santa Cruz and San José State. Nessa is now enjoying life in New Orleans as a musician and substitute teacher. Julia is in her fifth year as an English and drama teacher at Overfelt HS. We’re proud of both children as they carry on the family tradition of community service, each their own way.

In our personal lives, Danielle and I always wanted to find in ministry we could do together. She was raised Catholic, and I was baptized after we were married. We got involved in San Jose Engage Encounter early on and began presenting weekends to couples interested in getting married in the Catholic Church in 1993. We’re still at it and enjoy spending time with young people so in love and full of hope.

Our family life experienced another major change when we decided to become foster guardians for teenage sisters from Ethiopia who became SJUSD students, and I joined the District Advisory Committee in 2016-17. Fiercely protective of each other and their culture, the girls spent a very difficult but fascinating year together with us. Danielle and I tried to find a balance between successfully guiding them through the pitfalls of life in their new country while giving them the freedom to explore. We eventually parted ways due to their strong desire for complete independence and are now in another living situation more suited to their needs at 19 and 17 years old.

As I contemplate the possibility of becoming a school board member, I still think of my father. In 2015, Danielle and I took a trip to New York. A librarian at heart, she led us to the main library and decided to use her extensive research skills to see what she could find out about Tom Voss. I was amazed by what she discovered. Tom lived in Rockaway Beach until 2008. While I’m saddened we weren’t able to reconnect and he never met his grandchildren, I find solace and the fact that he must have lived a full life, and he was not all alone.

You see, together we can do great things!

B. Wheatley

 

 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • CA Senator Jim Beall
  • CA Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • San Jose City Council Member Don Rocha

Organizaciónes (11)

  • San Jose Teachers Association
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • DAWN, Democratic Activists for Women Now
  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor
  • BAYMEC, Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley Young Democrats
  • Oak Grove Teachers Association
  • East Side Teachers Association
  • Alum Rock Educators Association

Funcionarios electos (11)

  • Santa Clara Unified School Board President Noelani Pearl Hunt
  • Alum Rock School Board President Andres Quintero
  • SCC Board of Education President Anna Song
  • SCC Board of Education Claudia Rossi
  • San Jose City Council Member Raul Peralez
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager
  • San Jose City Council Member Tam Nguyen
  • San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
  • San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez

Creencias poliza

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

My Priorites as an SJUSD Trustee

Summary

A Real Plan Based on Real Experience

A Real Plan Based on Real Experience

 

    Safe  Spaces For Our Youth; Welcoming Schools for Families

Students thrive when they are not worried about their safety in and out of the classroom. I will focus on ensuring every campus is safe, and our students and educators have counseling and support services. Families feel safe when they welcomed into their neighborhood schools. I will work with principals to encourage teachers to go out into community and meet families in their homes and talk about their hopes and dreams for their children

 

    Housing In Crisis, Real Solutions For All

Our youth, our educators and too many families are impacted by the affordability crisis occurring in Silicon Valley. We have a unique opportunity to actualize employee housing as a way to continue to attract and retain the best in SJUSD. At the same time, if we don’t fight for more affordable housing for the families we serve, there will be fewer and fewer able to remain here. Having worked on this issue for several years now, I will continue to advocate for better housing solutions and leverage regional relationships and fight for you.

 

    Educating Every Child, Expanding Services

SJUSD is at the crossroads of change and we still have an achievement gap to address. I am a teacher by trade having taught in the classroom for 25 years. Students are at the center of everything I do. Our youth are individuals, not numbers or data points to be crunched.  I am dedicated to ensuring every student has the services and attention they deserve.

 

    Connecting With YOU, Accountability Matters

Our increasingly diverse student population will achieve as long as everyone works together to empower their dreams. I am committed to working for you, and will make myself available to each and every one of you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our community’s children. Let’s continue to work together to ensure their future is bright and filled with opportunities!



SJUSD Students - Diversity Personified

  • San José Unified serves more than 30,000 students in grades PreK-12.

  • Hispanic/Latino students make up the largest ethnic group at 53%; 24% of students are White; and 15% are Asian.

  • 44% of San José Unified students qualify for free and/or reduced price meals.

  • 22% of San José Unified students are English Learners.

 

Our students, our teachers and our families need a voice familiar with education and our community. My decades of experience as a classroom teacher provides me with a student-centered approach when dealing with district-wide issues.  In addition, my 10 years as ETA President has given me the opportunity to advocate for my colleagues and interact with the variety of community groups focused on the needs of working people. I believe this perspective is vital to have on the SJUSD School board. I was invested in the SJUSD family before I announced my candidacy, and before the prior incumbent resigned because I have been invested in education from my first day in a classroom in 1983.

Videos (5)

— October 11, 2018 BWheatley4SJUSD

Claudia Rossi discusses why people should vote for Brian Wheatley for SJUSD Trustee Area 4

— October 11, 2018 Brian Wheatley for SJUSD trustee Area 4

Speaking before Democratic Activists for Women Now, Brian talks his mom, grandma, and wife.

— October 11, 2018 BWheatley4SJUSD

Brian talks about his experience learning to play the song flute when he was in 4th grade and why empowering students and giving them agency is so vital to their success!

Brian discusses the upcoming election, why he is the best candidate for SJUSD Ttrustee Area 4, and how he couldn't have done it without his amazing wife, Danielle!

— October 11, 2018 BWheatley4SJUSD

Brian sings with Mrs. Lima's second grade class.

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