Growing up in New York, Madeline worked her way through school, moved to California and eventually earned a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She taught Adult Education for 30 years, won the Adult Education State Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and retired from teaching in 2010.
As a mother of five, Madeline spent 15 years as a parent volunteer in WCCUSD schools. She was actively involved in various parent organizations, serving as President, Co-President, and Site Council Chair. In addition, she served on several Districtwide committees, including the Redistricting Committee, the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Facilities Subcommittee. In 2005, she was Co-Chair of Measure J, which raised $400 Million to continue upgrading the District’s antiquated schools.
Madeline successfully ran for WCCUSD School Board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. As a classroom teacher and parent leader, Madeline brought her unique perspective to the School Board. She values the safety and security of our students and staff above all else. She has a thorough understanding of the resources and limitations that face our district.
On the School Board, Madeline has been a hard worker and a consensus builder, with the ability to get things done:
- Led the fight to keep the district solvent during the most difficult budget period in recent history and despite losing state revenue.
- Preserved small class sizes, instructional time and adult education (things many other districts reduced or eliminated).
- Collaborated with cities to find additional funding to keep schools from closing and to develop daytime curfew programs to reduce truancy and drop-outs.
Madeline is an active member of the Contra Costa County School Boards Association and served as its chair in 2013 and is currently Vice President. She has been elected by her peers (twice) to serve as their representative on the statewide School Boards Delegate Assembly. In addition, she strongly advocated for the Local Control Funding Formula which has brought more revenue to our students.
A strong advocate for rebuilding and refurbishing the District’s badly deteriorated school facilities, Madeline co-chaired the Board’s successful bond measures in 2010 and 2012 which brought about the renovation or rebuilding of almost all district schools. She also supported the successful renewals of the District parcel tax to support counselors and librarians in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Madeline’s already done a lot …
Over the last twelve years on the School Board, despite historic state budget cuts to education funding from 2006 through 2012, I’ve led efforts to increase student achievement, rebuild or remodel nearly every school in the district, expand our arts and music programs, raise test scores, and improve high school graduation and college acceptance rates districtwide. I am proud of our accomplishments:
- Improved academic performance
- Increased college acceptance rates
- Increased high school graduation rates
- Increased the rate of English Learner students becoming proficient in English
- Increased our teachers’ (and staff) salaries – to move them from the bottom to the top of Contra Costa school districts – to increase recruitment and retention
- Increased our teachers’ professional development and coaching supports
- Increased our full-service community schools program providing wrap-around services to children who need them
NEW PROGRAMS SINCE 2014:
- Added three new K-8 schools – to bring the total to 5 – offering a broader choice of school configurations to families
- Expanded our Spanish Dual Immersion programs – with a new Spanish dual immersion site at Downer – we now have a total of three
- Opened the East Bay’s only District-run Mandarin school
- Instituted full-day kindergarten
- Instituted transitional kindergarten (for 3 and 4 year-old students)
- Remodeled or Rebuilt nearly every school in the district – with expanded wireless service to all schools
- Instituted a one-to-one technology program – with a device for every student and home internet access availability
- Re-established music program - bringing music back to all our schools
- Expanded arts programs – adding a Visual and Performing Arts Director
- Expanded volunteer “Writer Coach” program – providing hundreds of trained volunteers throughout the district
- Explored establishing workforce housing - to address the housing crisis impacting our workforce
A lifelong Democrat, she has received the endorsements of the El Cerrito Democratic Club, the West County Democratic Club and the California Democratic Party.