By Don Saylor
I support Dr. Melissa Moreno for the Yolo County Board of Education (YCBOE), Area 2, based upon her professional background, life experience, and dedication to community service.
Dr. Moreno is an educator with over 20 years of varied experience. In her professional role as a Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies for Woodland Community College, she has mentored hundreds of students and has direct knowledge of the educational needs of all Yolo County students. Melissa, who has lived in Davis since 2006, has also been actively involved in DJUSD and local school sites as a parent.
Melissa grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of a farmworker. She was a Head Start and ESL student before going on to earn a PhD in Education. Her cultural competency and life experiences will bring valuable insights to this role. One of her goals is expanding the availability of early childhood education programs. She will be an effective ambassador, building connections with local communities, ensuring families are informed about relevant programs, and that these programs meet the needs of families and students.
As the Yolo County Supervisor representing the same area Melissa seeks to represent on the YCBOE, I have come to know her through her work on several community issues. Melissa has conducted “Know Your Rights” workshops for immigrant communities and participated collaboratively on Safe Yolo efforts to ensure our county is welcoming and supportive for all of our residents.
Melissa is enthusiastic and passionate about helping all students thrive. She is prepared and visionary. At this time in our nation’s history we need strong women to step into leadership at every level.
I served on the DJUSD Board of Education when the other candidate for this office was Superintendent. Dr. Melissa Moreno is my choice to assure that fiscal integrity, trustworthiness, transparency, and complete focus on the students of Yolo County guides the actions of the YCBOE.
Please join Superintendent Jesse Ortiz, Supervisor Jim Provenza, Current YCBOE Trustee Bill Owens and many others in supporting Melissa Moreno for YCBOE.