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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

San Jose Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 5

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Sandra Engel

9,440 votes (46.57%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance and maintain high quality academics and vibrant course offerings. Advocate for new and expanded programs in Computer Science, Chinese language and full year science for all middle school students.
  • Recruit, support and retain the best teachers to ensure that every student is inspired and and prepared for the 21st century.
  • Establish broader community relationships to enhance program support for all our students.



Educated at the University of California.  Science and math teacher in trustee area 5.  Assistant Principal at Leland High School, Principal as Castillero Middle School, Principal at Pioneer High School and Director of Secondary Education for San Jose Unified.  Current Trustee for San Jose Unified area 5 which includes elementary schools, Williams, Simonds, Los Alamitos, Graystone and Allen at Steinbeck.  Area 5 secondary schools are Bret Harte, Castillero and Leland High School.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • San Jose Teachers Association

Individuals (5)

  • Evan Low
  • Nancy Pyle
  • Senator Jim Beall
  • Former SJUSD Superintendent Dr. Linda Murray
  • Former SJUSD Superintendent Don Iglesias

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Each and every student should have the opportunity to have access to quality education to be prepared for the future in Silicon Valley.  As a board member I have maintained a laser-like focus on ensuring that every position (teachers, support staff and adminstrators) is staffed with only the best and brightest employees.  I support our careful recruiting efforts to hire the best teachers to reach our goal of success for all students. 

Reform efforts change in school district however, I'm confident that a steady and focused approach is the right one and will make a significant difference in the lives of our 32,000.

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