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Fullerton School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 3

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Beverly Berryman

Governing Board Member, Fullerton School District
5,043 votes (57%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I am committed to engaging students in programs that include early childhood education, Physical Education, STEAM, and mental health services. The whole student must be prepared for success in high school, college, and beyond.
  • Engaging families and community in the education process in order to make everyone feel welcomed, respected, listened to, and appreciated. Focusing on creating a true partnership between schools and families to increase student achievement.
  • Ensuring long-term district financial stability, transparency, and accountability in all budget decisions. I will make balanced fiscal decisions and focus on student-centered programs that serve all students.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent/Community Engagement Director
Director - Community Engagement, Crittenton Services for Children and Families (2014–current)
Office Manager, Signal Enterprises (1996–current)
School Board Trustee, Fullerton Elementary School District — Elected position (2006–current)
Personnel Admin - Cust Service Mgr - Senior Operations Manager AVP, Bank of America (1979–1990)

Education

Pasadena City College Associate Degree, General Studies (1981)

Community Activities

Parent Leader for Fullerton, County and California Districts, Fullerton, Orange County and California State PTA (1996–current)
President/Co-President and VP, Needlework Guild of America (2010–current)
Member, Fullerton Collaborative (2004–current)
Founding member for Cookie Mom Volunteer Auxiliary, Crittenton Services for Children and Families (2004–2014)
Member and Volunteer, Fullerton Elementary and High School committees. Advisory Councils and School Site Councils (2002–2012)

Biography

I am a mother of two wonderful kids that were lucky enough to be educated in Fullerton. They attended the Fullerton Elementary School District, the Fullerton HS School District, Fullerton College, and one even graduated from Cal State Fullerton. As a parent, I have had an opportunity to understand and appreciate the entire Fullerton Educational System first hand.

 

Like other moms, I have always taken my job very seriously. Early on, I became one of those moms: always involved in school activities, always interested in what was happening on campus, and in the classroom as much as possible. I took on many roles to guide my children, from Boy Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, soccer coach, to PTA mom. Volunteering became simply something that I did. There were no choices, it seemed as though this was my calling.

 

As the kids got older, I began to volunteer my time in service-oriented organizations, such as Crittenton, National Charity League, and I moved up through the positions available through the PTA. As I reflect upon what drew me into these groups, the common denominator is service to our children. That is my passion. 

 

I have found energy in advocating for these organizations, asking others to get involved and be a voice for our children.  Soon enough, I asked myself what more I could do.

 

In 2006, an opportunity on the school board opened up. I went for it. I have been working for 12 years to improve the lives of our children and our communities, and I am passionate about representing children and families that do not always have a voice. My work is incredibly important and I am not yet done.

Serving children is what I do best. Being an advocate on their behalf is an honor. Our schools have changed over the past decade; we have more English language learners, more children from blended families, single parents, children being raised by grandparent, and more children that are on free or reduced lunches. Over the past 10 years, these figures have gone up an incredible amount and more emphasis has been placed on social-emotional and behavioral health in children. I have made it a priority to direct resources towards these important services to our students. Without a safe environment, our efforts to educate will not find success.

 

I believe that there should be a focus on family and community engagement in all areas of programming and committees. Families and the community should feel welcomed, respected and appreciated. The state of California implemented a new funding and accountability system in 2013. We continue to improve the process and involve dedicated stakeholders to develop this plan for the board to approve each year. This is still in the beginning stages. Our families deserve a voice and, as a trustee, I have always listened. For those that have stepped up, changes have been made and issues are continuously resolved.

 

Our task in education curriculum presents difficulties of a different nature. We must prepare our students for careers that do not even exist today. My unique position on the board has allowed me to observe the largest changes in education in decades, changes affecting every major learning system, and requiring the district to redesign our entire learning systems. These changes are not complete and the experience that I have gained in their development will help to guide and ensure equity and student success.

 

One of my personal goals has been to improve the quality of the junior high experience. Engaging students and fostering passion in junior high makes a difference in the long run. Our junior high schools have made improvements and student enrollment continues to increase each year. As a result of this focus, Ladera Vista received a National Schools to Watch award in 2018. A few other successes for our junior highs include: increasing advanced classes at all junior high schools in the areas of geometry, computer science, and English; pre-AP and college coursework; individualizing learning; implementing a mentor program for at-risk students; and expanded intramural sports programs for all students.

 

We have a lot that we still need to accomplish. It cannot be done without long term District financial stability. Our goal at the board has been to provide adequate funding for all desired programs, facilities, and the resources necessary to attract and retain superior employees—all while eliminating structural deficit spending in the unrestricted general fund.

 

We have been successful in this effort. We weathered the massive cuts to education over the last decade and consistently received a positive certification each year. Over the past two years, we have been able to maintain and improve most campuses. This includes fences, new paint, and new fields at many schools. We currently have a healthy and stable reserve balance in place to protect our district from another massive reduction in education funding, and to cover the increasing costs of retirement benefits.


Focus on the student has motivated all of these ambitions and successes. By putting students at the forefront of every decision, our district has been recognized with many deserved awards.

 

That work is not complete. I would love to have your support help me continue to advocate on behalf of all students in our district.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Fullerton Elementary Teachers Association
  • Neighbors United for Fullerton (NUFF)
  • Parents' Voice USA

Elected Officials (3)

  • Ed Royce United States Reprentative
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva Assembly Member District 65
  • John "Jack" Bedell Ph.D OC Board of Education Trustee 4th District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

This is a non-partisan position.  My focus remains:

Education for Every Child

Advocating for ALL students is my main priority. I will remain an advocate for evaluating, improving, and consistently offering programs that impact ALL students at the Trustee level for the good of all our schools.

Student Achievement

I believe that enhancing physical education, STEAM, Gate, coding, arts education, speech and debate, English Language Development, and Response to Intervention systems, will prove vital for the future success of our students. 

Fiscal Responsibility

I have gained extensive expertise in education funding as a board trustee of 12 years. Ensuring fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in all budget decisions is essential to good management. I will continue to ensure this sort of accountability.

Junior High Experience

Individualized learning is a passion of mine at the junior high level. Offering AP classes, sports, opportunities for community engagement, and mentoring allow students to play a more active role in their own education.

Bullying

I have pushed for action to respond to the issue of bullying on our campuses. I supported the creation of a reporting mechanism on our board website, and continue to advocate for campaigns on campus that promote kindness and understanding for every student.

Safety

Ensuring safety on our campuses is of the utmost importance. I will continue to support developing safety precautions, and preparing staff and students in the case of an emergency.

Videos (5)

Beverly's introduction to Fullerton Schools — October 13, 2018 Beverly Berryman for Fullerton School Board 2018

Join us as Beverly shares her journey through the Fullerton School District as a parent and volunteer, topics she's passionate about in our kid's education and her acheivements as a collaborative FSD board member of 12 years!

Student Programs — October 13, 2018 Beverly Berryman for Fullerton School Board 2018

Bev supports programs in our schools that benefit ALL kids. Check out how she evaluates programs to ensure when money is spent on a program it meets the needs of our students!

Advocating for all kids — October 13, 2018 Beverly Berryman for Fullerton School Board 2018

This week on her series, Beverly shares what motivates her as a board member... advocating for ALL kids! Check out why it's so important to her to be a voice for ALL students in Fullerton!

 

 

Use your voice — October 19, 2018 Beverly Berryman Fullerton School Board 2018

Bev started as an advocate for her own children in our district. She used her voice to make a difference as a parent volunteer through PTA, PTSA, site council and attending board meetings. Over the years she has lead and encouraged other parents to engage in their kid's education. Check out this video to learn more!

Bullying — November 2, 2018 Beverly Berryman for School Board 2018

Bullying is something our board takes seriously. New ways to report bullying are availble on the FSD website but Bev is also focused on deterring bullying from happening in the first place by promoting programs that focus on understanding and kindness. Check it out!

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