Governing Board

Mr. Paul Jensen, President
  Paul Jensen

Philosophy on Education:

"I believe it is critical for our children to learn how to learn. The better they understand how the world works, the history of our nation/world and what opportunities they have as they grow up, the richer their lives and the community will be. They will be the leaders in just a few short years. A society continues to build as lessons are learned from the past along with an appreciation of what has been done for them. It is important for every child to learn the fundamentals at a young age when their excitement for learning is high. That excitement should be cultivated so the love of learning will continue on with them as they grow. Children need to be empowered with the knowledge that they are in control of their destiny. 

I believe that parents are a critical part of their children's education. Parents can be the biggest influence in their children's education by encouraging them in all aspects of learning, both by reinforcing what is learned at school, and offering life lessons and continued love of learning at home (this is more than making sure the homework gets done). The more parents are involved in their children's education the more opportunities the children will have. The school should do what they can to encourage and invite parent participation. 

I believe that the key to a quality education system is the teacher. The school should support teachers in the classroom. As teachers are able to focus on the classroom and exciting the students, learning is enhanced. Teachers should be afforded the opportunity to refine and enhance their teaching skills through training and collaboration without placing unrealistic demands that put pressure on the teacher in ways that hinder the learning environment."

Term Expires: December 2020


Mr. Mark Aguire, Board Member 
  Mark Aguire
Philosophy on Education:

“All children, regardless of their race, economic status and background deserve access to a quality education. I believe in the power of public education. Educators who are dedicated to this cause deserve to be properly compensated and acknowledged for teaching, guiding, mentoring, and encouraging their students for a life-long love of learning. The decisions made by the Board affect all and impact all. I believe in open and honest expression of views by all members of our school community, in an environment of mutual respect. I also feel that a quality public education is the key to a stronger, safer and more stable community.”

Term Expires:  December 2022  

Mrs. Yolanda Lopez-Bearden, Board Member  
  Yolanda Lopez-Bearden

Philosophy on Education:

"I believe in teaching children not just subjects. Teachers should enjoy the curriculum they teach so the students can enjoy the classroom and the curriculum. To give each child a chance on achieving the best they can do with the curriculum they are being taught. To give each child a chance to broaden their minds with their own imagination and to be open to their ideas. The community and the family of the students should support and supply the teachers with the tools they need to give the students a great experience. As a community, we are all responsible for taking care of our students, to see them grow, and have a great future. This will make our community and our country a better place in the future."

Term Expires:  December 2020    

Mrs. Kathy McNamara, Board Member
  Kathy McNamara

Philosophy on Education: 

"Education is the single most powerful tool anyone can ever possess. I feel that each and every child should be considered as a unique individual. We have to adapt our teaching methods and classroom make up to accommodate the uniqueness of each child. We must engage the entire community to educate the next generation of adults. Our children will face new challenges in the ever advancing tech world and it will require a 'village' to educate them. I believe the students, teachers and administrators are the laser focus we must support. The School Board have to hire the right administrator, set the right goals and fund the right programs." 

Term Expires:  December 2020

Mr. Jeffrey Turbitt, Board Member

Mr. Turbitt

Philosophy on Education:

Student education is much more than standardized test scores. Education should be whole child and address all needs. True education cultivates a combination of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity and core knowledge. When students develop curiosity, learning happens everywhere and all the time. In a world awash in sophistry, critical thinking skills allow the student to decide on their own what is true and meaningful. Creativity allows students to become intellectual trailblazers and revel in beauty that stirs the soul. Perhaps most important and most dismissed is cultural literacy. Students need a core knowledge of essential facts to discern objective reality, and this component has been downplayed in modern pedagogy. Awareness of our customs and institutions, our seminal figures and our history is required to participate actively and effectively in our democracy. Cultural literacy is more important than ever. Educators plant seeds each day, and I believe the results of that effort should be viewed with a long-term view and with the contributions of all stakeholders.

Term Expires:  December 2020