I am writing to introduce myself as a candidate for San José-Evergreen Community College District. As a current East Side high school teacher, college advisor, and former community college student, I have a deep personal commitment to its well-being and growth. With my experience as a classroom educator, I have witnessed the impact that quality education can have on the lives of students and our community. It is a privilege to watch them grow and develop, and I have seen firsthand the impact that a quality education can have on their prospects for our community. As a first-generation college student, the community college system has had a profound impact on my life. It provided me with an affordable and accessible path to pursue higher education. I was able to take a variety of classes and discover my passions while receiving support and guidance from knowledgeable instructors.
However, one of the biggest challenges I faced was the lack of community at community college and navigating the complex process of transferring as a first-generation college student who worked full-time. As a commuter student, I struggled to connect with my peers and felt isolated at times. I have seen the same opportunities being offered to my current students as they take classes at Evergreen Valley College. I have watched many of them go on to attend either San Jose City College or Evergreen Valley College after graduation, and I am proud to have played a part in their journey. This experience has reinforced my belief in the importance of community college and its ability to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. As a college advisor for our dual enrollment students, I have seen the impact that community college can have on students' lives and am committed to improving the resources and support available to them.
I understand the importance of providing students with personalized support and guidance as they navigate the college experience, and I am passionate about advocating for their success. My experience in this role has given me unique insights into the needs of our students and the ways in which the community college district can be improved to better serve them. With my dedication and expertise, I am confident that I have the skills and knowledge necessary to make a real difference for our students and our community.I look forward to partnering with the community to bring a quality educational experience to all San José-Evergreen Community College District students.
I ask for your support and vote If you believe in my vision and are willing to support my campaign, there are many ways to get involved. You can help by volunteering your time, spreading the word to your neighbors, or making a financial contribution. Any amount can help bring a teacher's perspective to the San-Jose Evergreen Community College District board.
“I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Hale for SJECCD Trustee! As a former student, I've witnessed his unwavering commitment to classroom inclusivity and amplifying student voices. With a background as a first-generation college student, he connects with students on a personal level, fostering a compassionate and supportive environment. His dedication to empowering students to voice their concerns and take civic action is commendable. Mr. Hale is also a person who cares about the well-being of students in all aspects, and his classroom was a safe space for all and any students to be comfortable and to truly be themselves without any fear. Having a caring teacher like him on the board would be a valuable asset to our community.”
Lucy T., Former Student
PRIORITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS
Establish community partnerships for the betterment of students.Broaden outreach and resources to students to help them understand the transfer and financial aid process before and during community college. Construction of district-provided housing for students, faculty, and staff, ensuring they can live, study, and flourish in our San José community Expand enrollment opportunities for local high school students to attend San Jose City/Evergreen Valley Community Colleges. More involvement and support with local high school dual enrollment programs throughout San Jose.
Ensure funds are properly allocated for student success.Prioritize spending on programs and services dedicated to student success. Incorporate student, faculty, and staff voices in spending and programming decisions.
Increase transfer and graduation rates of Community College students.Increase awareness and access to student support systems. Streamline class options to better appeal to student interests and increase class availability so students are able to transfer on time. Ensure there is a transparent system for students, faculty, and staff to give ongoing feedback and input on district policies and decisions.
I am a local East Side San Jose classroom teacher, teacher-leader, and a former community college student.
I am a product of the California Community College system. As a first-gen college student, I learned how difficult navigating community college can be, from understanding the complexities of financial aid to the complex transfer system requirements. While attending community college, I balanced a schedule of demanding classes and working full time. I discovered my passion for history and social science through the fantastic instructors I had at my community college. I eventually transferred to UC Berkeley as a history major. Through the classes I took at the community college, I discovered my passion for history and inspiration to teach.
I currently live with my wonderful partner and our rescue dog. As a first-gen college student and gay male, I still see many inequities within our current educational system. I am inspired to be an advocate for change within our educational system and be a champion for students and educators. As a teacher, I wear multiple hats to ensure students' success. I advocate for student and school success as the President of our School Site Council. I provide accountability as a union representative at my school site. I also advise high school students in a dual enrollment program partnered with Evergreen Valley College. I have also supported students with dual enrollment pathways in their government and economic classes.
I am a social science teacher who believes education is the cornerstone for creating informed, civically engaged community members empowered to make a difference in their communities and the world. Young people have a unique perspective and a powerful voice, and by encouraging their participation in civic life, we can help to shape a better future for all. In the classroom, I facilitate learning opportunities that allow students to develop civic engagement skills by creating policies that advocate for more equitable outcomes in our San Jose community.
As your trustee, I will ensure more equitable learning outcomes by increasing community college student transfer and graduation rates. District funds must be appropriately allocated toward programs and resources that directly benefit all students in the classroom. In addition, I believe in establishing community partnerships that prepare students for college before they enroll in their first college class.