"I would like to sincerely thank you for electing me as your next Superintendent of Alameda County Schools. Your support kept me confident and motivated me through it all and I would not be in the position I am today without your many contributions to the campaign. I am deeply touched by your many forms of support, whether you made donations, posted a lawn sign, volunteered for a phone bank, liked our Facebook page, or, most of all, voted on Election Day. Many of you sacrificed time and money to ensure my success - no part of this went unnoticed.
With the campaign and politics behind us, I look forward to taking office and building on the great work I started as Associate Superintendent. I am also excited to innovate the kind of progressive programs and services our students and teachers need to ensure the quality of education in Alameda County reaches unprecedented heights.
I could not be more appreciative and humbled by your commitment and plan to repay it with my pledge to work hard each day to make certain every student at every school in Alameda County is valued, seen, and given the necessary skills and support to achieve their incredible potential."
Our principal goal as educators today is to prepare our students for their 21st century futures. As the current Associate Superintendent of Education in Alameda County, I have realigned our county's priorities to provide teachers and organizations with high quality training, development, and support to equip our students with the tools for success.
As a former teacher and principal in Oakland, I understand the unprecedented challenges facing our schools. Greater resources are required to address the needs of students and their families in all our communities. By becoming Superintendent I would immediately implement change by:
- Providing professional development essential to preparing teachers and leaders for the implementation of the new Common Core standards and performance-based assessments.
- Expanding the reaches of high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) instruction in our school and afterschool programs.
- Supporting schools and districts in the reintegration of the arts into the curriculum to allow students to enhance critical thinking.
I am excited about this essential work and would consider it a great honor to serve Alameda County as the next Superintendent of Education. I look forward to working together with you to ensure today’s learners are ready to become tomorrow’s citizens, innovators, and leaders.
L. Karen Monroe
Associate Superintendent of Alameda County Education