Maria Villalobos Morgan

District: El Monte Union High*
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

As a student, I had a wonderful 3rd grade teacher. She used music as a tool to teach us the vowel sounds in Spanish. I also learned the names of the different dinosaurs through music as well.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

I would suggest using music to learn words, sounds, and meaning of words for the English language. In groups, students could work together and create songs that will help them remember key concepts. For preparation for college and/or meaningful careers, I would assign students a social media project where they could create a either a PowerPoint presentation or visual art media board and present their research.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

I believe that the role of the School Board is to suggest and ask that the district look at providing access to a broad range of study to the students. As keepers of the students education, it is important that board members remember that students learn through a variety of ways, and our job is to ensure that we provide as many opportunities for them as possible.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

It is very important to include all of the stakeholders in creating the goals for the districts LCAP. By including all stakeholders, everyone will feel personally responsible in achieving those goals since they played an active role in creating them. This will allow everyone the opportunity to work together, plan, and organize detailed steps to achieve the goals in the eight priority areas. I would encourage the collaboration of the public and private sector to ensure the goals are met and utilize resources available. Students will also write out their own personal goals that are aligned to the LCAP goals.