Think About Your Vote
Welcome to our Meet the Candidates profile blog: An introduction to the leaders in our community running for school board office.
Meet Maya Tuve
Which Marin School Board are you running for?
MT: Larkspur-Corte Madera School Board
How long have you lived in Marin County?
MT: Our family has lived in Corte Madera for 4 years.
How many children do you have in this school district?
MT: My husband, Matt Carlson, and I have two children in the district. Ava, seven, and Anders, six, are proud Neil Cummins Hawks!
What are the biggest challenges facing the district now and in the next 5 years?
- The transition to Common Core Curriculum and Common Core State Standards; though not unique to our district, this is a significant transition. Over the next 5 years, our teachers and administrators will need support as they guide our students in this change in curriculum and assessments. Neil Cummins’ Principal Leo Kostelnik described the hard work he and our teachers are doing towards this transition, equating the experience to a teacher’s first year.
- The California funding model for our district is changing to the new Local Control Funding Formula. This change in funding will roll out over the next 7 to 8 years. During this transition and beyond, it’s critical that our district sustain fiscal integrity.
- The addition of our newest school, The Cove School, which is planned to open in the fall of 2014. Thoughtful planning is required to prepare for its successful integration. Over the next five years, the Cove School’s facilities, teachers, staff, culture, and enrollment will be developing. Maintaining the connectivity across our two elementary school campuses will be important during this transition.
- Managing the continued growing enrollment in our district and upgrading our existing facilities. While the opening of The Cove School will ease the overcrowding we’ve been experiencing, and many upgrades were made to Neil Cummins and Hall Middle School over this past summer, this work is only 1 part of a 2 part Master Plan. In order to complete the upgrades for all three of our schools as envisioned in the Master Plan, our community will need to pass a second facilities bond.
- With schools and families on both sides of the highway, it’s vital to provide safe routes to all three of our schools.
What do you think are the district’s greatest strengths?
- Our district has many engaged and supportive parents and a dedicated PTA.
- We are fortunate to have talented teachers and administrators.
- A strong foundation, SPARK, that brings parents and local businesses together in support of art, music, technology, and science integration in our schools.
- A highly productive, thoughtful, and fiscally conservative school board
- A strong leadership team. From our Superintendent to our Principals and education specialists, our district is preparing for 21st century learning and is headed in a positive direction.
What would you say are the district’s greatest weaknesses?
- Funding. Our district’s funding has still not recovered from the many reductions over the years and from the effects of the recent recession.
- Managing the district’s facilities, as enrollment continues to grow.
Why are you running?
I’m passionate about public education and I’m proud of the direction our district is headed in. I’d like to continue the positive momentum. As a School Liaison for Mariner Cove and as a Parent Representative on the Facilities Design Committee, I was an active participant in the planning process for the upgrades to Neil Cummins and Hall and for the new Cove School. My knowledge and background would be helpful to the successful completion of these remaining projects.
What do you feel you would bring to the school board that makes you unique?
- My volunteer experience with our schools and in our community over the past few years has allowed me to forge good working relationships within our district. I have a clear understanding of what it means to be a trustee and the responsibility it brings.
- I took part in the District’s Strategic Planning Session, focused on 21st century teaching and on shaping the district’s five year vision and priorities. This was a great opportunity to collaborate with others in our community, from educators to business people, about what the future holds for our students and how our schools can best support and guide them.
- My professional experience is very relevant to the role of a school board trustee. I have 20 years experience in the field of architecture, which requires collaboration and strong communication with many stakeholders including clients, builders, user groups, communities, engineers, and local officials, all while managing budgets and maintaining a big picture vision. These skills would be valuable in the role of a trustee.
What would be your main goals as a trustee during your tenure on the board?
- Sustaining fiscal responsibility for our district
- Ensuring the best possible education for every child in the district: meeting each student individually, where they are in their learning journey.
- Maintaining a strong sense of connection, between the culture and curriculum, of the district’s three schools.
- Helping the district navigate the challenges posed by the transition to Common Core Curriculum and to the new funding model.
You can read more about Maya and her campaign at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MayaTuveSchoolBoard