For a wiser tomorrow, today.
A bit about me:
My name is Karina Talamantes, and I'm running for the Sacramento County's Area 2 Board of Education because I want to be a strong advocate for our students, educators, and community members in Sacramento.
I am the daughter of immigrants and I understand the challenges faced by under-served students in California's public schools. I grew up attending public schools with my brother and sisters, and with the help of caring educators and student success programs we were all able to graduate from high school prepared for college and the workforce. Since then, I have devoted my life to helping other families achieve the same success California's public-school system gave me.
I attended the University of California, Davis, where I worked for the Upward Bound and Early Academic Outreach Program to provide guidance and resources to public school students in the Greater Sacramento Area. I also worked with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics where I hosted the first ever Hispanic Public Policy Summit which focused on closing achievement gaps among public school students nationwide.
After graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in Community and Regional Development, I worked as a Substitute Teacher and as a Translator for Special Education students. I also worked at Yuba Community College and U.C. Davis with the Educational Talent Search Program – a federally funded TRIO program – that helps thousands of low-income and first-generation students attend college. Today I am more active than ever in my community, participating in Young Latinas Aspire, Sacramento County Young Dems, Latinx Club, Organize Win Legislate, and serving as the Vice President of the Green Democrats.
As your Trustee on Sacramento County's Area 2 Board of Education, my key focuses will be college and career readiness, advancing educational equity, and supporting our educators. I will work with community advocates and school district staff to make sure our students and educators have access to the resources and support they need to be the best they can be. If elected, I would be the only Latinx member serving on the board. I will be a conduit for bilingual students and parents and role model for young women and students of color in our public schools.