Palo Alto is passionate about education. Just come to any School Board meeting and you’ll find committed parents, teachers, and community members discussing hot-button issues from student achievement and student stress, to rapid enrollment growth and new curriculum.
I share that passion and have dedicated the last ten years to working in the field of education while raising my two children. Like many families, I moved to Palo Alto because of the excellent reputation of Palo Alto’s schools. As a teacher, parent, and educational advocate, I’ve been deeply involved in our schools both at the local and district-wide level, serving as PTA President and Chair of the School Site Council, as well as a Board Member of Partners in Education (PiE), and a Member of the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education.
Through my involvement, I’ve learned that Palo Alto needs School Board members who understand trends in education reform, complexities of educational funding, and how to tackle difficult issues such as enrollment growth, college and career preparation, and the ongoing challenge of integrating high academic achievement with social, intellectual, and ethical learning.
I invite you to join me in creating a vision for Palo Alto as a model school district in California: one that values inclusivity and diversity, collaboration and individual achievement. Together, we can nurture the next generation of great thinkers, innovators, and leaders.
With your help, I will continue to work hard on behalf of families, teachers, and, most importantly, the remarkable students in our community. Thank you for your support!
Heidi Emberling, Trustee, Palo Alto Unified School District, 650.308.4702, hemberling(at)pausd.org