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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: Nancy Licona, a school counselor and member of Vista Teachers Association, who is running for Oceanside Unified School Board.

Why are you running for school board?

I strongly believe all students deserve an education where they can build on their strengths and be able to pursue their passions. In my role as a school counselor, I have seen first-hand how the collective trauma students have experienced over the last two years has impacted their mental health and learning. More than ever, it is important that our schools have adequate resources to support the mental health and social-emotional needs of all students. We must identify and address barriers that exist in our schools so that every student has access to a safe and supportive place to learn, grow, and pursue their passions.

What are your top priorities for the school district?

  • Student mental health and well-being
  • Ensuring schools are safe, supportive and engaging environments where all students have opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential
  • Community engagement, communication and transparency

Why did you decide that now is the time to serve your community on the school board?

Students have experienced trauma and learning loss over the last two years. It’s crucial that students and staff have the support and resources necessary so that all students reach their full potential.

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

It is important that we elect candidates that strongly support public education. Our students need to feel safe, supported and engaged in school. Our educators need the resources and support necessary to be able to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed.


Instagram: @NancyLicona4OUSD

Facebook: @Licona4OUSD


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