By Julie Romero McKune
As a retired PUSD teacher with 35 years of teaching experience, I strongly support Michelle Richardson Bailey for PUSD School Board. Michelle has a passion for educating our youth and believes that education should be a top priority in the Pasadena community. She is a forward thinker who puts children first. Her primary focus is ensuring equity in education. It is a fact that the make-up of our current school board does not reflect the diverse student population of our school community, Michelle believes in order for the board to be successful at effectively addressing the educational needs of every student, it is important, that it be comprised of members who represent diverse perspectives, reflective of the student population it serves. The school community of PUSD can benefit greatly from her experience, skills, knowledge and ability to bring the voice of the underrepresented to the table. Michelle will bring fresh new energy to the PUSD Board. She is deeply committed and involved in the community, with a strong connection to the religious, business, civic and school communities. Her years of service in the community have given her a passion and experience for advocating on behalf of our youth and their families.
She applauds the district’s marketing/branding efforts in an attempt to improve its image but believes that there is also an immediate need for affordable housing for families with school age children (workforce housing). She believes that it is going to take instituting a 21st century hands on approach to addressing the needs of the students and the families who are struggling to achieve before we can begin to see the slightest narrowing of the achievement gap. Michelle will use her connections to the resources and members at every level of the Pasadena Community to foster support for making PUSD the #1 choice for education in this community.
Michelle Richardson Bailey attended PUSD schools: Washington Elementary, Don Benito Elementary, Eliot Junior High, Pasadena High School, and Pasadena City College. She is the mother of three children, who all attended Pasadena public schools. With over 20 years of experience in public education including 14 years as as PUSD employee, Michelle currently serves on the PUSD Customer Experience Advisory Group, the School Site Council at Blair school and the Equity and Access Committee. She founded the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, now the Classified Advisory Council, and served formerly on the PUSD LCAP Committee, representing classified employees and the PUSD AB 86 Committee (Adult Education Consortium Program) in support of Adult Education. Michelle has been endorsed by United Teachers of Pasadena, State Senator Anthony Portantino, Pasadena Council Member Tyron Hampton, among others.
Michelle has earned my trust and I’m confident that she will be committed to support all teachers and students. I’m asking you to support Michelle. Let’s work together to elect Michelle Richardson Bailey on Tues. March 7, 2017.
Julie Romero McKune taught K-3rd grade for 35 years, retiring in 2014. She taught at PUSD schools: Linda Vista Elementary School and Allendale Elementary School and schools in the Mountain View School District, San Gabriel Unified School District. Throughout her career, McKune has served low socio/economic communities, predominantly Latino. She is an active member of the Teachers Union. United Teachers of Pasadena, CTA, and NEA.