“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
I have always been passionate about being an educator since I was young. After having two independent, outgoing children who are full of life, I truly feel it is necessary for fellow parents to learn how to raise their children not just by themselves but also through gaining knowledge and support from others. No wonder there is a saying that goes “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Everyone has a unique journey raising their own children. When I first met Dr. Mao 9 years ago, I was in a headspace where I was overwhelmed by my two, very different but headstrong children. My children have totally different personalities and interests yet are very vocal and outgoing about their opinions and beliefs. One had a miserable experience in public high school. The other totally enjoyed her experience and excelled in the public school system. Raising these different individuals all the while volunteering at various school activities for over 17 years, I got to know many education officials, including school board members, school principals, school district administrators, and special education professionals, that I admire. Through them, I developed a deeper understanding of the learning environment my children are in, then became an advocate for the all-around, healthy education that Dr. Mao recommends.
As a public relations officer in a Chinese school for the past 15 years, I am fortunate enough to meet our local education officials and countless educators. Their passion and enthusiasm for education moved me, and I decided to do more for our community. I have hosted forums for our school district board member elections for 14 years, driven by my desire to make our community aware of what our school boards are doing and what new ideas these school board candidates bring to the table.
Going through the school system is a marathon. Each student is an individual athlete in their own contests. It doesn’t matter what kind of contest the student is in, all require mental, physical, and psychological exercises. It is a long-term training regimen and changes won’t happen overnight. It is also not only training for students but parents as well. Parents should walk through the process with their students and provide help and support to their student’s needs. I have met many anxious parents who don’t know which direction to take and how to give help in the right direction. By working along with a solid plan not only for the student but also for the parents is a key component for the student’s success.