John Avila, Pomona Unified incumbent

Having retired from PUSD after a long career, I am able to devote full time to being a School Board Member. My wife, Dona, and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Dona is a retired PUSD Art Teacher; all of our children have college degrees. Our family places a high value on education.

My education includes a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, a<WC>n<WC1> MS from Cal State University LA, an Administrative Credential from Claremont Graduate School, and Doctorial Studies in School Management at the University of La Verne.
My career experience and community involvement are great assets to me as a Board Member.

I served as a teacher at Emerson Middle School, Pomona High and Garey High and was the Principal at Allison, Barfield, and Kellogg Elementary Schools. I was an Administrator with Intergroup Education and then Adult and Career Education.
I was elected to the School Board in 2001 and re-elected in 2005, serving as Board President in 2004, 2005, and 2008.

I have served as President or Chairman of several groups: PACE, the YMCA, Breakfast Optimists, Community Senior Services and the St.<WC> <WC1>Madeline’s Parents Guild. I have been a member of Youth Employment Services, the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Education and EXPO Committees, the Pomona Charter Review and Sister Cities Committees, TelePal, Friends of the Band, Friends of the Library, CTA, NEA, APT, and ACSA.

Awards I have received include the PTA Honorary Life Membership, Optimists Friend of Youth, Educator of the Year, Who’s Who in Education, and Newsletter of the Year. I served in the military in the USMCR.

Our Schools made great progress over the last several years.

Superintendent Melendez guided our schools toward greater academic achievement and helped direct great strides in community engagement and involvement.

Despite State financial cuts, we maintained District Arts and Athletic programs, continuing our pursuit of excellence.

This progress was made possible only by the cooperative efforts of the School Board, Administration, Teachers, Classified Employees, and Parents.

My goal is to continue this team effort to ensure that our School District improves on the progress we have made to recruit, train, and retain the best Teachers and Administrators available to manage our classrooms and schools. We need to build on our successes.
We know what succeeds, and we cannot afford to go backwards when our goals are in the future.

John Avila
Pomona

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