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By Julian Peeples

Across California, educators are rising to answer another call to public service – by running for election to school boards this November.

Seeking to bring their knowledge and experience about schools and education to school boards in their home communities, these educators are stepping up to build the schools all students deserve as elected policymakers. We’ll be spotlighting a number of educators running for school board here at the digital home of California Educator as the November Election approaches.

Meet one of these education champions: Mikki Cichocki, a recently retired 33-year educator and member of CTA-Retired, who is running for a seat on the San Bernardino City School Board.

Why are you running for school board?

Education is a family tradition as both my parents were teachers in San Bernardino. I bring the perspective of an experienced teacher, as I taught in elementary and secondary schools. I know what works in helping our students succeed. I know what teachers and school staff need to thrive professionally.  Every student deserves access to the best schools. It is our job to provide them.  I am excited to be able to give back to the community that raised me.

What are your top priorities for the school district? 

My goals when elected are to: Create a culture of success for all students; enhance access to science, technology and fine arts; ensure accountability and fiscal responsibility; and provide students and staff with safe and welcoming schools.

Why did you decide that now is the time to serve your community as an elected official?

The timing was right. I had just retired and we have a special election to fill the seat of a beloved board member, Dr. Margret Hill, who passed away. Several teachers and community members spoke to me about this opportunity and after talking with my family, we decided the time was now.

What would you like to say to your fellow CTA members about running for elected office?

Campaigning is not for the faint of heart. You have to be willing to put yourself out there. But next to teaching, being willing to serve your community as a school board member or other elected leader is great community service. Having a background in education and the experience of being a CTA local leader from site rep to president gives you invaluable training and insight in how to serve your community.

Facebook: @mikki4sbcusd

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