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La Honda/Pescadero Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mary Windram

Retired Educator / Grandparent
930 votes (31.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To help all facets of our community work together for the common good of all our children
  • To help our district utilize its small size to its greatest potential
  • To bring a collective vision to the future of education in our unique area



Profession:former educator
Shop Assistant and Tour Guide, Harley Goat Farm (2015–current)
Teacher, Roeper School (1981–2010)
Teacher, Waterford Public Schools (1979–1981)
Teacher, Collegiate School for Girls (1972–1975)
Teacher, Flint Community Schools (1968–1970)


Oakland University M.A. in Reading , reading (1982)
Ohio State University; Oakland University B.S. in Education; M.A. in Reading from Oakland University, education and reading (1981)
Ohio State University Bachelor of Science in Education, education (1968)

Community Activities

Volunteer, Pescadero Elementary School (2016–2016)
Volunteer , Clarkston Area Youth Assistance tutoring program (2010–2014)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Mary Windram:

Understanding the local control formula for school spending myself will be the first step.  Finding meaningful language with which to explain it would be the second. Then, talking with people who have qustions/concerns would be the best way of helping people understand how we are funded.

Because we area basic aid district, measurements of outcomes have been on-going, and the district is, rightfully, proud of its successes. Sharing the information that has already been gathered and that which will be gathered, would be my approach to ensuring that the public understands the progress our schools have made and will continue to make.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is simply that we are responsible for each other.  We are meant to share ourselves and to help those less fortunate. We need to embrace each other in ways that are respectful of beliefs and of all the cultures among which we live. Finding compromise is essential if we are to move forward.  That means we need to be aware of and thoughtful of all issues that come our way.  The answer should always be, what is best for the group of people I represent.  

This, for me, implies a need for transparency, for being able to articulate problems, and for being able to work with others who maight see things very differently.  It means going out of one's own comfort level and learning to look through a different set of lenses. It means being able to say that I disagree because of the following reasons.  It also means I don't get my way on everything. It means listening actively to what is being said, both on a superficial level and on a deeper, sometimes unarticulated, level. It means answering questions people have to the best of my ability and it means always being respectful of everyone.

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