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Alyssa (pronounced: Ah-Lisa) Williams was born in 1969 in Long Island, New York and attended the Blue Field Elementary public school through 5th grade. She moved to California when she was twelve years old and started 6th grade at Anchorage Street public school in Marina Del Rey. Alyssa graduated from Venice High School in 1987. She started at Santa Monica Community College, received her AA degree at SMC and then transferred to the University of Arizona, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Family Studies. Alyssa received her teaching credentials from California State University, Northridge in 2006, including her CLAD credential for ESL education. Alyssa currently teaches ESL online to international students.
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Alyssa and her husband, Byron, were married in 2001. They have a beautiful son, Mason, who currently attends Castaic High School within the Hart District. Alyssa’s son is extremely active in school. He was class treasurer in ninth grade, he plays percussion in the school band, and he plays volleyball and hockey. The devotion and care Alyssa has shown toward her son, she now wants to bring to the Hart School District.
With a biracial family, and an African American son in high school, Alyssa will strive for the highest standards of racial equity in the Hart School district. She will devote herself to policies which ensure that no children are bullied or made to feel like they don’t fully belong in their school. Both explicit and implicit bias must end, especially in schools.
Teachers are a very high priority for Alyssa. As a teacher herself, she knows how it feels to be responsible for both the education of children as well as their care and well-being. The people who really know how to educate students are teachers who have been doing so in the classrooms. The teachers who are in the mix, hands on, everyday. The people who really know how to reach the students, and can identify their needs, weaknesses and strengths, are teachers. With Alyssa on the Hart Board, teachers will not just be listened to, they will be HEARD.
The safety of our students is of paramount importance to Alyssa. She looks at every child in the schools as her own. Schools must be as safe, both from internal and external forces. Bullying must end. Our kids need to start feeling comfortable in their educational environment. Alyssa will take bold steps toward greater school safety and security.
Alyssa is also passionate about curbing drug and alcohol abuse in our schools. She will bring her lifelong experiences as a parent and a compassionate, logical, science based thinker to initiate or bolster policies that help students battle the mental and emotional traumas that lead them down the road of drug use. This is a mental health issue, especially for our children, and that is how it must be approached. Our school policies must be the “antibodies” to the rampant drug epidemic on school campuses.
Funding for our schools is grossly lacking. Sacramento and Washington must provide full funding for education. Right now, schools receive but a pittance from the Federal government. This must change. Teachers and classified employees, who are the backbone of any district, are underpaid and living paycheck to paycheck. Even worse, teachers forced to buy school materials for their classes with their own money. This must change. Never mind schools not offering extracurricular activities like dance, choir, art, music, and sports, but when they do, students too often have to pay hundreds of dollars for this education. This must end.
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