Q1. Should you be elected, what are your goals for your term?
WH: If I am re-elected, I will continue to improve District communication and collaboration with the City, students, parents, and the community. My goals are:
- Improve school safety
- Monitor on-going modernization projects
- Develop a short-term and long-term vision to promote favorable school climate, including inclusion and acceptance of everyone in the schools
- Improve student achievement
- Develop/maintain policies and organizational structures to support educational goals.
Q2. What are your plans to be a visible and active AUSD school board member?
WH: I have been attending and will be continuing to participate in various community meetings, AUSD parent workshops, school events, City events, etc. I have established communication platforms (e-mail, phone call, social media) with our PTAs, City officials, Chamber of Commerce, etc. I am actively engaged in the City of Alhambra FB groups to post up-to-date District information and use the FB platform to interact with our community.
Q3. Are you or any immediate family members alumni of AUSD? What has been your experience and/or involvement in AUSD schools?
WH: My daughter is attending Park Elementary School. My experiences with AUSD as both a parent and School Board member provide me with the opportunity to see things from both perspectives. This allows me to guide our District as a Board Member while utilizing my experiences as a parent which is valuable as I communicate and collaborate with students, staff, parents, and the District.
Q4. What do you see as the biggest challenges facing AUSD Schools?
WH: Under the current pandemic, we are compelled to develop various plans and solutions for providing a safe, robust, engaging, rigorous learning and teaching environment for our students. The learning environment has changed and it is my priority to ensure that AUSD has the resources and supports in place to provide a well-balanced learning environment for all students. We continue to face a shortage of school funding and declining enrollment in addition to the effects of the pandemic. “WE” can work together, be creative, and think out-side-the-box to overcome these challenges that can become opportunities for positive change.
Q5. Given the current crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, what have you learned about how AUSD can better prepare for such future events?
WH: In the spring of 2020, AUSD went from all students in school on March 13 to school closure beginning on March 16. This was a sudden change that did not allow for a smooth transition to 100% Distance Learning. Ongoing, timely communication with accurate up-to-date information is essential. Feedback from our stakeholders of parents, staff and the community has provided the District with valuable information, suggestions and needs that will guide AUSD to plan for a safe school reopening for the 2020-21 school year.