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|Full Biography for Teresa Hampson|
Dear Brea Voter,
There's nothing more precious to parents than their children, and nothing more important to communities than their schools.
For a dozen years I've listened hard, spoken up and stood strong for the schools of Brea. Now I'd like nothing better than to do it all over again.
Education always has been deeply important to me. I loved school, became a teacher, and moved to Brea (with my husband and young family) because our children's education mattered to us so much. We've never regretted that choice.
For the past 20 years, it's been my great pleasure to work side by side with staff, parents and students to help make the good schools of Brea even better. The years since I first took office have been times of great change for Brea education, as aging campuses have been revitalized, curricular standards have come of age and high-stakes testing has taken the spotlight. We've wrestled with tight financial times, struggled with fair and competitive compensation, strengthened instructional strategies, enhanced academic, artistic, athletic and extracurricular offerings, and enjoyed more than our share of school, staff and student successes.
Yet good organizations don't rely just on what was done well in the past. Quality leadership seeks out opportunities to grow ever better, and so it should be with Brea's schools. Keeping current, forging connections, encouraging innovation and expecting excellence are vital to being all that we can. We need to know where to go, plot a smart course to get there and create a culture that inspires all willingly to do their best work. This isn't always the way it is now in Brea---but it is the way that is should be.
During my three terms on the BOUSD board, I've stood strong for integrity and worked hard to listen well, act wisely and treat all with fairness and respect. I've appreciated and enjoyed serving staff, students, parents and the wider community, and---with your continued support---would welcome the opportunity to continue this important work.
To the task of school board member, I've brought what skills and talents I have. From it, I've gained much more than I've ever given. Here's who I am and what I bring to the job of board member today:
Quality public schools have a profound impact on the lives of children and communities, and form the foundation for a strong and stable democracy. Historically, the BOUSD has boasted outstanding schools, but cannot now---or ever---rest in this quest for success.
Great education happens when knowledgeable, passionate teachers are joined by parents as educational partners and supported by leadership that sets high standards and offers consistent support. The provision of appropriate facilities, quality curriculum and well-balanced, competitively paid staff must be capably balanced by fiscal stability and academic accountability.
Good school board members are clear and independent thinkers who listen well, ask reasoned questions, exercise fairness and strive to do "what's right for kids." Electing people who understand the board's role in accountability, who see the need to solve problems as they occur, and have the strength to stand up for what's right can make all the difference between a district that struggles...and one that soars.
For the past 12 years, I've done my best as a BOUSD Board Member to make the schools of Brea better, and have brought to this task a unique perspective. As the mother of three, a long-time classroom volunteer, PTA site and district leader, site council and booster club member, as well as a secondary teacher and teacher trainer, I've experienced education inside and out. By researching and writing the Brea Historical Society's city history, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and the school district's History of the Brea Olinda Unified School District 1903-2003, I've learned from this community's past, and by serving as a Cultural Arts Commissioner and on a variety of city committees, Ive had a hand in connecting people and helping to influence its future.
(This CANDIDATE STATEMENT does NOT appear in the 2006 Registrar of Voters voting guide, as the cost for a Voter Guide statement is several hundred dollars, and the final amount is not determined until AFTER the election. In the 2002 BOUSD board election, the final cost for a candidate statement was nearly $1150. In this campaign, money seemed better spent on other means of voter outreach.)
SLATE MAILER ENDORSEMENTS also are purchased by local candidates. The ONLY "selection" process that occurs at the local level is which candidates are willing to PAY FOR THEIR NAMES TO APPEAR. I believe that slate mailers are intentionally used to deceive the public, and have determined that I will not participate in them.
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