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I have taught in a community school, juvenile hall and elementary school since 1989. I have been a teacher in the WCCUSD since 1993. I retired in 2010.

Having taught many types of students, I know of the needs and the challenges faced by our youth in an educational system and society that has failed to prioritize them. As co-founder of March 4 Education (2004) which mobilized teachers, parents, students, community and civic leaders to march on Sacramento and demand budget adjustments that benefited our schools and children, I learned that only a mobilized community and city can begin addressing the needed changes.

http://www.march4education.org/

I have challenged pedagogy and curriculum that failed to address the individual needs of communities and students by demanding dialog seeking solutions. As a result I became the recipient of the University of Arizona, College of Education, Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching” Award.

http://coe.arizona.edu/tls/goodman_award

I have kept close look on the distribution and utilization of the financial resources available for our schools and I am a voting member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC).

http://wccusdcbac.wordpress.com/membership/

I have been a steering committee member of the Bay Area Parent Leadership Network (PLAN).

http://www.parentactionnet.org/who_lea.html

I served in the Representatives Council of the United Teachers of Richmond (UTR).

http://www.unitedteachersofrichmond.com/

I am a strong supporter of the rights of all immigrant workers and their families and for many years I have been a director on the board of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant.

http://www.eastbaysanctuary.org/#_p.Who%20we%20are%20pages%2FBoard%20of%20Directors

I am the Chairperson of the Richmond Chapter of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA).

I am a member of the NAACP and advocate for building ONE RICHMOND for all.

http://www.naacp.org/pledge/stop-hate2?source=sourceGoogle&subsource=subsourceNAACP&gclid=CLCt3ZzlmaMCFQUbawodgTmonQ

I am in the Steering Committee of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

http://www.richmondprogressivealliance.net/

I am a strong advocate of physical education, sports and recreation opportunities for every person in our communities, and I continue to practice soccer regularly.

I will appreciate your support to work as a Richmond City Councilmember to make Richmond a city for our children.