My wife, Valerie, and I both graduated from the Clovis Unified School District. She taught her entire career in education in Clovis Unified, retiring a couple of years ago. We were married at 24 and settled here where I believe the Fresno/Clovis community is one of the greatest around. We raised three sons and a daughter here, watching all of them benefiting from that great Clovis Unified education that Val and I experienced. It was then that we saw the benefits of this District’s core values and high standards through the eyes of parents.
That experience reinforced the importance of protecting and preserving what makes Clovis Unified a great place to raise a family. In 2008, after seeing my youngest son graduate from Clovis Unified and watched him head off to college well prepared to be successful in life, I knew it was time to give back. I started looking to the future and asking myself how could I contribute to making sure that the same great school district Val and I attended, and my children attended, was here for my grandchildren?
That year I was fortunate enough to be elected to the Clovis Unified Governing Board, where I believe I have the responsibility and the privilege to weigh my decisions as to how they will preserve our great history, while also helping navigate how we do this in a changing community and a changing society where many of the decisions on how we operate are made at the federal and state level.