1. How old are you?
I am 34.
2. Are you from San Francisco?
No. I have lived here for 7 years. I grew up in Michigan, spent three years in Japan teaching English, and then moved here.
3. Why are you running?
In my time living in San Francisco, I have seen countless parents have nervous breakdowns over the school lottery system. This lottery system is a noble policy, but it only works if every school in the city is of equal quality. A district with such disparities in resources, staff, and funding cannot truly call itself "unified." The board of education must do more to address the concerns of those who are most in need.
4. Did you go to public school?
Yes, in Michigan - and they were great public schools. I have seen how they are supposed to work.
5. What do you know about students?
I worked as an ESL teacher for 5 years - 3 years in Japan and 2 years in San Francisco. My students have ranged in age from 4 to 74 and they have come from many linguistic backgrounds. Being a student is one of the hardest jobs we can ever have.
6. You work in for-profit education. Why should we trust you to work for public schools?
For-profit education serves a social function, but it also serves only a certain type of student: namely, a student with A) a lot of money, and B) a student who wants to focus on a specialized field (such as the arts). Public schools are essential for democracy because they provide an education to all students. Democracy is under threat around the world and we must do everything we can to maintain it in this country. Improving our public schools is essential for the maintenance of our republic.
7. You don't seem to have an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook link. What's your deal?
I am running a social media-free campaign. Social media has proven corrosive to our democracy, so I am committed to spending $0 on online ads and I refuse to debate anyone on Twitter because Twitter is stupid. Please feel free to email me. I will send you a thoughtful response that you can save and pass on to your grandkids. I'll even talk to you over the phone, or meet for coffee if you want to give me a donation (and buy me a coffee).