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Huntington Beach City School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Jennifer Hayden

Attorney/Parent
13,524 votes (19.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that Huntington Beach City Schools provide all students with the skills (including social, emotional, and critical thinking skills) necessary for success in the 21st century.
  • Ensure clear, consistent, and frequent communication with all stakeholders (parents, teachers, students, and other community members).
  • Foster a safe and secure learning environment for all students.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney/Parent
Attorney, Hueston Hennigan LLP (2015–current)
Governing Board Member, Valiente College Preparatory Charter School — Appointed position (2015–current)
Attorney, Irell & Manella LLP (2012–2015)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Josephine Staton, United States Federal Courts (2011–2012)
5th Grade Teacher, Clark County School District (2006–2008)

Education

Stanford Law School JD, Law (2011)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Master of Education, Elementary Education- Curriculum & Instruction (2008)
University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2006)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) Bachelor of Science, Economics, concentrations in Finance and Business & Public Policy (2006)

Biography

Jennifer Hayden has been dedicated to improving public education since her own time as a student in California public schools. After college, Jennifer taught fifth grade through Teach for America, a non-profit organization whose mission is for all children to have access to an excellent education. Since 2015, Jennifer has served as a board member of Valiente College Preparatory Charter School, a public school in Los Angeles County serving grades 4-8, and currently serves as the board’s treasurer.

Jennifer received a law degree from Stanford Law School, and is currently an attorney in private practice. She also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on elementary education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jennifer completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Business and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

In addition to her service on the board of Valiente College Prep, Jennifer also currently serves a trustee of the Junior State of America Foundation, a national organization dedicated to preparing high school students  for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

Jennifer lives with her husband and two young daughters in downtown Huntington Beach where they frequent the local libraries, parks, restaurants, and, of course, the beach.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Brian Rechsteiner, former Huntington Beach City School District Governing Board Member
  • Rosemary Saylor, Huntington Beach City School District Governing Board President
  • Bridget Kaub, Huntington Beach City School District Governing Board Member

Elected Officials (1)

  • Ian Collins, Fountain Valley City School District Governing Board President

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Like parents throughout Huntington Beach, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that my two young daughters are set up for future success. I am running for the Huntington Beach City School District Board because, as a former elementary educator, as a public charter school board member, and as an attorney with a background in economics, I believe that our schools should prepare all children for tomorrow’s world. Our children deserve excellent schools and the strength of our community depends on them.

 

I was fortunate to attend excellent California public schools that allowed me to develop the academic skills to pursue a path of higher education and my eventual career. But it wasn’t just academic skills that set me on my path. Without those teachers who helped me to keep going after a setback, who made my classmates and me feel safe and secure at school, and who encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

 

Our children today will graduate into a world in which social-emotional skills and the ability to be determined, resilient, and adaptable will be more important than ever before. To be excellent, our schools must develop these skills-- skills that give children the best shot at success regardless of what the world looks like when today’s kindergarteners become adults. And we must do so in an environment in which all students feel safe and secure.

If elected to the school board, I will ensure that our schools meet this goal. As a parent, an attorney, and a former educator, I will ask tough questions, do my research, and engage in thoughtful debate with fellow board members so that we can address the wide range of issues before the board and maintain the focus on what matters most--our children’s education. Most importantly, I am committed to listening to the thoughts and opinions of all stakeholders so that, together, we can ensure that all of our children receive the best education possible.

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