Nov 10 2011

Sarah Pearson Announces Candidacy for Piedmont School Board

PCA received the following announcement from Sarah Pearson, a candidate for PUSD School Board 2012

Sarah Pearson for PUSD School Board

I am running for School Board because I care deeply about children and our community.

My priorities are to promote academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and community engagement. As a pediatrician and child advocate, I am committed to ensuring that our schools try to reach, stretch, and nurture every child. I bring a questioning attitude and analytical approach but keep an open mind and solicit differing viewpoints. I am a listener and a learner. As a member of the School Board, I will engage the community so that I can best understand the various perspectives, and then I will make thoughtful decisions. I will work toward facilitating better communication and building consensus.


I attended Palo Alto public schools and graduated from Harvard College and Stanford Medical School. My husband, Evan Seevak, and I have a 3rd grade son and 5th grade daughter at Wildwood and an 8th grade daughter at Piedmont Middle School. Since moving to Piedmont 11 years ago, I’ve demonstrated my commitment to our children, our schools, and our community at multiple levels. I have:

  • led the Piedmont Middle School Parent Club (as VP & President)
  • held several positions on the Wildwood Parent Club Board
  • co-chaired the School Parcel Tax campaign in 2009
  • served on the District Budget Advisory Committee
  • raised money for Piedmont Schools with the Giving Campaign and Spring Fling
  • facilitated for the Piedmont Parents Network
  • helped start the Wellness Center at Piedmont High School
  • served on the board of the Ann Martin Center
  • researched stress in children at the U.C. Berkeley Child Study Center
  • participated in Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee
  • organized Cultures Week for the Elementary Schools
  • participated in discussions about curriculum and “Shaping Our Future” for the schools
  • volunteered extensively in the classroom and library

My strengths to be a PUSD School Board Member

In these times of diminishing state funding, it is more critical than ever to make thoughtful decisions that are fiscally responsible, data driven, and promote best practices, and I am well-prepared to do this.  With children in elementary, middle, and high school during the next four years, I am well-positioned to assess the classroom impact of school board decisions. I am closely connected to students and to the parent community, and look forward to getting to know Piedmonters who don’t have children in the schools. Our schools are a product of this generous community. It is important to me that decisions to keep our schools strong have the enthusiastic support of the broader community. I work collaboratively to effect positive changes.

I am interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas, and I look forward to working with you to support our children and our schools. Please feel free to contact me, as I welcome the chance to talk and to hear about your concerns.

Sarah Pearson

For more information,  please see my website


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