Kelly Mokashi, resident of Pleasanton, announced her plans to run for the Pleasanton Unified School Board (PUSD) Board of Trustees in the upcoming Nov. 3, 2020, election.

Mokashi currently works as an e-learning education professional, both as a writer and instructor. She has held that role for more than a decade.

“I stand for governance policies that will ensure learning environments are safe and flexible, regardless of the delivery method, while cultivating meaningful social and emotional peer and student-teacher interactions for our children,” she said.

If elected to the PUSD Board, Mokashi intends to leverage her 25 years of educational experience as a teacher and national education consultant. She has worked directly with school and district leaders nationwide to improve best practices and curricular initiatives.

“Change is hard for everyone, but it can also cultivate new opportunities for our students that will be beneficial for everyone in our school community, especially when all stakeholders are involved with the change process,” Mokashi said.

Mokashi is a busy parent of three children who attend PUSD schools.

“I advocate for e-learning and hybrid learning models that are foundationally solid,” she said. “Our students desperately need varied instructional strategies that can effectively engage them virtually, while establishing valid assessments and maintaining a high level of rigor, tailored to meet the demands of our students’ personal learning needs. Our teachers will also need more ongoing professional development as well.”

Mokashi served as an executive director for a nonprofit organization dedicated to the adoption of orphans with special needs, which she said has broadened her perspective.

“Every child has unique individual needs,” she continued. “One of my priorities is to ensure innovation, creativity and inquiry-based learning is not pushed to the wayside, especially during these challenging times.”

Another priority of Mokashi’s is to ensure successful programs and initiatives are available for all district students.

As a result of the significant education budget cuts from the state, which are expected to impact PUSD, Mokashi pledges to support clear transparency in any decision-making processes.

“I believe it’s essential to be a collaborative team member of the board, while engaging with all stakeholders to ensure sound financial decisions are made in the best interest of the students,” she said. “Our students come first in the line of our educational priorities.”

Mokashi is active at the city level as a member of the Youth Commission for the City of Pleasanton. As a candidate, she is a strong supporter of banning vaping and flavored tobacco products to protect the health of local youth. She works as the co-fundraising chair for Troop 911, Boy Scouts of America - Pleasanton.

Mokashi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (Simpson College, Iowa), a Master of Education, Supervision and Administration (Rutgers University, New Jersey) and a Master of Education, Curriculum, Instruction & Technology (Houston Baptist University, Texas).

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