Focus on SAUSD School Board Candidates: Gregory Barraza

I have asked the candidates for the SAUSD School Board to submit articles to this blog introducing themselves to our readers.  One of them has just sent in his article.  His name is Gregory Barraza (pictured above).  He is a College English Professor at Saddleback Community College.  Here is his self-introduction: 

Educational Background: Attended Santa Ana Schools for elementary and intermediate education–Sierra Elementary and Willard Intermediate. Graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1989. I graduated from Chapman University with a BA in English in 1995. I continued enrollment at Chapman University and graduated with a MFA in Writing and a MA in English in 1997; moreover, I was named Graduate Student of the Year. After three years of teaching, I enrolled in Cal State Fullerton’s Education Administration Program, where I graduated with a MS in Education Administration in 2001.

School Committees/Volunteer Positions: I am a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Task Force, Student Learning Objectives Committee for Saddleback Colllege and Orange County Department of Education Alternative and Correctional Education. Also, I wrote curriculum for the Orange County Department of Education Alternative Education Division and assisted in developing a Character Based Literacy Program for Orange County Department of Education Alternative Education; this program is now adopted by Contra Costa Department of Education, San Bernandino Department of Education and San Diego Department of Education.

Organizations: Also, I am a member of the California Teachers Association, Orange County Educators Association, and Character Education Institute.

Santa Ana Unified School District is at a crux. I bring fifteen years of teaching and administration experience and ten years of graduate education to the table. I continuously research better learning practices at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level. The constant pursuit of improvement motivates me to give back to Santa Ana Unified what I received from its schools: a quality education from quality teachers who taught me how to learn, but more importantly, how to become a successful, productive member of our community.

You may contact Barraza at this email.

UPDATE:

Barraza sent me a new picture, which is above, to replace his Facebook picture.  He also said that Rob Richardson and Mark McLaughlin did NOT ask him to run.  He ran because he felt he was the most qualified candidate and he wants to help the troubled SAUSD.  It is certainly not debatable that he is the only teacher running and the only candidate with experience as an educational administrator.


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