About Heidi

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About Me

Born and raised in California, I am a product of California’s public schools from kindergarten through graduate school.  I am also a proud parent of two children in PAUSD schools and I work as a teacher and parent educator at Parents Place (a parent resource center) supporting both families and teachers with the most current child development research and best practices in the early learning community.

Like many families, we moved to Palo Alto because of the excellent reputation of its schools.  I got involved locally, serving as PTA President and Chair of the School Site Council at Juana Briones Elementary School, then joined the Board of our education foundation, Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE).  For the past nine years, I've served on the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education for the City of Palo Alto and, for the past two years, I served on both the City of Palo Alto's Housing Element Committee and the City of Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan 2030 Committee. 

As I serve this community in a variety of ways, I am continually impressed with the number of engaged, motivated students, remarkable teachers, and dedicated parents and community members I’ve met.  Palo Alto truly values education, as evidenced by the widespread support for our bond measures, construction bonds, and local parcel taxes.  We must ensure that our students benefit from the high standards we’ve set.  With my unique skills and experience, I am prepared and energized to serve a second term on the Palo Alto School Board; ready to collaborate as we build a strong educational foundation for every student in our district.


PAUSD School Board Trustee, 2012-2016 (Current President)

Parent Educator/Child Development Specialist, Parents Place
Teacher Professional Development Instructor and Workshop Leader, Parents Place
Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education (PAACECE)

City of Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan 2030 Committee
City of Palo Alto Housing Element Committee
City/Schools Liaison Committee

Stanford/PAUSD Liaison Committee
Los Altos Hills Town Council Liaison
PAUSD Board Policy Review Committee

PTA President, Juana Briones Elementary School
Chair, School Site Council, Juana Briones Elementary School
Board Member, Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE)

Project Safety Net Collaborative
Education Committee, Congregation Etz Chayim
Graduate, Palo Alto Ambassador Program

Volunteer Coordinator, Palo Alto Black & White Ball
Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Advisory Board Member, Camp Galileo (Developed Teacher-Trainer Program for Counselors)
Chair, Community Advisory Committee, First 5 San Mateo County

Producer, Writer, Editor (Emmy-nominated) for 12 years (www.newday.com)
House Manager, Huckleberry House, Youth Advocates
Suicide Prevention Hotline Volunteer
Project Read Tutor


Master's Degree in Education, Specialty in Early Childhood Education, San Francisco State University
Master's Degree in Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Language Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Heidi Emberling, President, Palo Alto Unified School District School Board, 650.308.4702, hemberling(at)pausd.org


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