Helen Foster’s Candidate Statement for the Nov. 2014 election
My education and qualifications are: As a parent, teacher, school principal and district administrator, my passion centers around meeting the needs of all students and the employees who serve them. As a proven Educational Leader, I bring fresh ideas and determination to improving Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) to become the premier County Office in California. As Superintendent, I will lead school districts in Alameda County into a new era. With the same administration for the last 16 years, ACOE has lost sight of its mission and purpose. Teachers, Superintendents, Administrators, classified employees, community leaders and parents report a lack of outreach and leadership from ACOE. Our mission must be customer service and 21st Century Skills including technology and high student achievement for all. I will assemble nationally recognized professional development for teachers and administrators, and provide excellent fiscal oversight in a dynamic think tank environment that incubates state-of-the-art resources for Alameda County. It is past time for an administrative change at ACOE to an action-oriented administration. My vision is clear, collaborative and inclusive. Cast your vote with hundreds of teachers, parents, administrators and community leaders across Alameda County to support me as your new, progressive Superintendent of Schools. Please see www.helenfoster.org.