From the day she was elected in 2014,
Jodi has worked hard for the students in Santa Clara Unified.
Jodi Understands Education Systems
Jodi has shown that she understands how a large education system works and what it means to work collaboratively with board members, administrators, teachers, parents and community members. Our district continues to need a board member who can listen to varied opinions and work together with other board members and district staff to realize the best education solutions for the students. As our district grows and the needs of the district increase, Jodi has shown strong background knowledge from her 20 years in education and understands how to make improvements in systems as needed by our district.
Jodi is Involved with Educational Issues at the District, County and State Level
Since Jodi was elected, she has been very active in the Santa Clara County School Boards Association (SCCSBA). School board trustees from throughout the county are members of this organization that provides on-going education and support to its members. In 2017-2018, she has been President of SCCSBA. Last year she served as vice-president and the year before was co-chair of the Hoffmann Awards, recognizing exemplary programs throughout the county. She was also selected by school board members in the county to be a delegate to the California School Boards Association where she works with other board members from around the state to develop legislative direction and advocates with state legislators for improvements to state law governing school districts.
Jodi Makes Decisions Based on Understanding of Our District Classrooms
Jodi continues to be involved at the school site level as a volunteer in classrooms throughout the district. Her first year as a board member, she volunteered regularly in a classroom at Scott Lane Elementary, helping support the new math curriculum. Since then, she has volunteered at Briarwood Elementary, Hughes Elementary and Pomeroy Elementary, all Title 1 schools in our district, serving high percentage of low-income students. Jodi enjoys reading in classrooms for Dr. Seuss' birthday, playing math games at school math nights, attending school plays, watching football games and marching band performances, and attending fun activities throughout the district.
Jodi has Over 20 years of Experience in our District
Jodi has been an active volunteer in classrooms since her kids started school 22 years ago. She was a teacher in district classrooms for 8 years. Throughout that time, she was involved with parent-teacher organizations, including 5 years in board positions, as well as room parent, field trip coordinator, fundraising chair, etc. As a teacher, she taught numerous kids at a variety of schools in the district. She has tutored individuals and groups of students in math and literacy at the elementary school level. She has worked on special projects with district principals, including updating staff manuals and school emergency manuals.
At the district level, Jodi chaired the District Science Fair, working with principals, staff and parents at 20 of our schools. She recruited and coordinated 50 parent volunteers and 50 community members, managing the event to provide 300 kids an amazing opportunity to share and discuss their science projects. By working on all these varied activities at schools throughout the district, she has been able to observe first-hand the inner workings of our district, what works well and what can be improved. She has shown that she can work with the many varied backgrounds and cultures that our district has, bringing people together and providing our students the best possible educational experience.