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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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San Marino Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jane S. Chon

Policy Analyst/Evaluator
1,770 votes (13.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Promote honest and open communication and engagement with the community
  • Evaluate and monitor financial responsibility and management in the school district
  • Support effective leadership and student-centered programs

Experience

Experience

Profession:Education Policy Analyst; PreK-11th parent
Program Manager, Education Resources Group (non-profit education research and evaluation firm) Princeton, NJ (2000–2003)
Program Coordinator, Graduate School admissions advisor, Truman State University, Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Program (1998–2000)
Teacher, James Madison Middle School (1997–1998)
Program Evaluator, Stanford University, Stanford Teacher Education Program evaluation (1996–1997)

Education

Stanford University, Graduate School of Education Master of Arts, Policy Analysis and Evaluation (1997)
UCLA Bachelor or Arts, Political Science and Sociology (1996)

Community Activities

Volunteer in multiple leadership and support roles, San Marino PTA (2011–current)

Biography

I have lived in San Marino with my husband and children for almost ten years. My children are enrolled in San Marino schools: twin boys currently enrolled at SMHS in 11th grade, a 6th grade daughter at HMS, and a 4-year old preschool child (Carver School Kindergarten class of 2019-20). My time has been committed to volunteering and serving the amazing parents, teachers, staff and students of San Marino schools. I have fulfilled a number of volunteer roles, including fundraising, membership, allocations, and support committees. I was also honored to receive the Carver School Golden Nugget award in 2014. For the 2018-19 school year, I am continuing to serve at HMS and SMHS in a variety of roles.

As a graduate of UCLA (B.A., Political Science; B.A., Sociology) and Stanford University Graduate School of Education (M.A., Policy Analysis and Evaluation), I am trained to research and understand how policies shape programs, and how programs can be applied to real world settings to meet goals. Through my work as a middle-school teacher at Madison Middle School (my alma mater), graduate school admissions advisor (Truman State University, Ronald E. McNair TRIO Program, Missouri), and education researcher/program evaluator in a nonprofit education resources company in New Jersey, I have experience in all fields of education. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Throughout our time here in San Marino, I have always been so amazed by the generous spirit of this community. When I recruited parents to volunteer for PTA, it always amazed me that so many parents were so eager to serve our students. Parents will take on roles that are the equivalent to jobs -- spend hours volunteering weekly, raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the schools, communicate with unhappy parents -- all as a volunteer. And this level of commitment develops relationships that last a lifetime, as we support each other through the trials and tribulations of parenting. That spirit of volunteerism, civic engagement, and close relationships among the people of San Marino is so impressive and unique.

I plan to use that spirit in San Marino to engage our community in conversations about the future of San Marino schools. Education has changed in ways that are new and exciting - there is more technology, more access to information and choices, and more of a demand for students who are equipped to enter the real world.  San Marino schools need to find ways to tap into this energy and unleash the potential in everyone, including students, parents, teachers and administrators.  Our School Board needs to determine how to retain the best parts of a San Marino education and incorporate new ideas into our schools to move us forward into the 21st century.

Videos (1)

Town Hall with San Marino — October 11, 2018 Jane Chon

As a model for future engagement with the community, I hosted a Town Hall with members of the community.  In addition to talking with the attendees about my experience and perspective, I engaged our community with a new way of talking about problems and solutions for our schools.  

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