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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Chino Valley Unified School DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Denise M. Hobbensiefken

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5,472 votos (6.55%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Closing the achievement gap for our English Learners
  • Closing the achievement gap our students with disabilities.
  • Stronger relationship between district and parents

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Executive Assistant
Vice Chair, CVUSD High School School Site Council — Cargo elegido (2017–current)

Educación

Thomas Edison University BA, Liberal Studies (current)

Actividades comunitarias

President, Chino American Little League (2009–2010)
PTA Presdent, Magnolia Junior High (2007–2009)

Biografía

I am excited to run for a seat on the Chino Unified School District (CVUSD) Board of Education this November. I have been married for 27 years, 18 of which have been spent raising our family in Chino.  Two of our sons have graduated from CVUSD, and our third son is currently attending a high school within CVUSD.

 

I am a proud and involved member of this community and am grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve others and build a proven track record of volunteerism in Chino Valley. Some of my school-focused volunteer roles include: PTA President at Magnolia Junior High, Grade Level Chairperson, Room Mom Coordinator, and Red Ribbon Chair. I am currently Vice Chair of my son’s high school site council. I have been a strong supporter of youth sports in our community, serving on my son’s football & baseball booster clubs, and as team mom for Junior All American Football, and Pop Warner Football. Additionally, I served on the Chino American Little League Board for several years, both as board member and president. The role I most proudly represent, however, is that of a parent of special education students.

 

As a special education parent, I know first-hand the struggles and frustrations parents feel with our district’s special education program.  For example, currently, after a new school begins, it takes 2-3 weeks to get Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to classroom teachers. In that time, classwork, homework, quizzes, and possibly exams have taken place, thus placing the teachers and the students in need of special education accommodations at a disadvantage. The solution is simple: we must change how we get IEPs to classroom teachers and stop denying our special education students the same opportunities our regular education students have in the classroom.

 

This election season, some of the school board candidate buzzwords you may hear might include the terms “college & career ready”, “school safety”, and “fiscal responsibility”.  While these are all essential topics, I encourage Chino Valley voters not to get distracted by jargon. Instead, let’s recognize that the goal for the K-12 education in the country has always been to prepare our young people for the next steps in life (college & career ready), to teach our children in safe and inclusive environments (school safety), and to do so with the revenues provided by the hard working taxpayers (fiscal responsibility).  

 

In the last several years CVUSD has experienced a decline in overall student enrollment, some of which is a result of families choosing leaving our district school to pursue education options that best meet their unique needs.  Measurable student academic performance in CVUSD is not increasing, despite new revenues from DOUBLE local school bonds, but indeed several district schools have decreased significantly. Most importantly, our English Learners and students with disabilities --the very students who depend on the strength of our local education system and are most vulnerable to our shortcomings--are not being serviced.  

 

All children can learn regardless of what language they speak or what disability they may have. Closing the achievement gap that separates English learners from their native English-speaking peers is a big concern for me. We must provide all students with high quality educational opportunities, environments, and options that meet their individual needs so they can learn with confidence and strength.   

 

When my own children entered CVUSD 18 years ago, I got active with volunteerism and have advocated to find solutions to the challenges facing our schools. I have asked why, as a standard practice, are our teachers only given two reams of paper each semester and are so restricted with photocopy limits so as to significantly negatively impact their ability to present educational material to their students? The dirty and unsanitary conditions of student bathrooms in schools across our district made me ask, why did it take five years to get an additional custodian at each of our four high schools? Not only did my questions go unanswered, but the absence of regular, authentic, and productive dialogue between CVUSD parents and board members has called me to seek a seat on the board to change this paradigm.

 

I do not believe in having a school board that separates itself from constituents. I want to continue to have a real dialogue with parents on a regular basis outside of the boardroom. I am committed to devoting the time and energy required for meetings, phone calls, conversations, and school visits, to give parents the ability to have a meaningful conversation and work together in the best interest of our students.

 

I have a strong desire to work toward a stronger relationship between the district and the families of CVUSD!  




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