Getting to know our board

  • Board Trustee, Angelann Flores

    Posted by the Community Relations Office on 4/4/2019

    Angelann Flores

    Question & Answer

    Where were you born?

    French Camp, CA

    Name one thing would you like to accomplish as a trustee this year?

    I would like to increase transparency and build trust between SUSD Staff and students & families.  Within my first 90 days as trustee, I Co-Sponsored the Healthy Communities and Strong School resolution that will provide Restorative Justice Practices and Complete WrapAround services focusing on our most traumatized students.   Seeing this project flourish is one of the main focuses.

    Tell us about your family?

    I am a mom to 4 children, 2 boys, and 2 girls, ages 24, 20, 19, and 17.  I have a beautiful granddaughter and one on the way. Only my 2 youngest live with me at home.

    What is your educational background?

    I am a proud Franklin Alum, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. I am also an Alum of Emerge California, which is a Democratic Program that is also nationwide and provides training for Women in Politics.

    What is your career?

    I am a teacher for the San Joaquin County Office of Education in our Juvenile Justice Center.

    What are your hobbies?

    My hobbies include community advocacy, youth advocacy, and spending time with my family.  I especially love spending time with my granddaughter.

    What is your favorite quote?

    My all-time favorite quote is “He who walks with wise men, will be wise.  But the companion of a fool will suffer harm.” But I recently heard a quote from one of my students and it stuck to me, and that was “Don’t judge me by the decisions I have made until you know the decisions I had to choose from.”

    Who is your hero? Please tell us why.

    I am a woman of faith, so my Hero is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    What other boards and committees do you serve on?

    I am currently serving on the Equity Committee as Chair, 3x3 Committee, and the Safety & Student Conduct.  I have in the past served on the Kennedy Community Center as Chair, Hispanics for Political Action as Secretary.

    What is your all-time favorite book?

    The Bible.

    What is your favorite thing about Stockton?

    My family and friends and all those who make Stockton better.

    Where is your favorite place to spend time?

    I love to go to the beach, any beach.

    Where is your favorite place to dine?

    Anywhere that serves seafood.

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  • Board Trustee, Scot McBrian

    Posted by the Community Relations Office on 3/5/2019

    Scot McBrian

    Question & Answer

    Where were you born?

    Modesto, California

    Tell us about your family?

    I am happily married and have four children. My wife is Native American and we engage in extensive Native American activities. My youngest is twelve and she was adopted. We have been her caregivers since birth. The others are older and we have many grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren.

    What is your educational background?

    I hold a bachelors in Business Economics and two masters degrees in Education. I have had extensive construction experience and technology training. I built my last two homes and I am not in the process of building another. I have the luxury of teaching many different subjects from art, three dimensional home design/drafting, drama, and chess along with the core subjects. I love teaching.

    What is your career?

    I am a teacher with Masters Degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Leadership.

    What are your hobbies?

    Presently, I am completing treatment for bone cancer. This changed hobbies like skiing, backpacking, and hiking. I look forward to returning to these activities after treatment is done and bones have strengthened. For now, my hobbies include drawing, building construction (home is in the planning stages), reading, as well as arts and crafts. My family creates Native American Art and I assist in producing that work as well as functioning as the Chief Financial Officer of the Native American Scholarship Fund. I am not Native American but my children and wife are. We take much time working on Native American arts, craft, and studies.

    What is your favorite quote?

    "A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing." -Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

    Who is your hero? Please tell us why.

    My wife. I have many heroes but outside of religion, my wife is the first that comes to mind. She has seen me at my worst and taken me through some great difficulties. Presently she is the rock of our family as we work through my battle with cancer.

    What other boards and committees do you serve on?

    I recently assisted in curriculum and instruction committees and participated in school safety programs.

    What is your all-time favorite book?

    Dumbo is my favorite. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella are close runners up. I loved Dumbo because I could relate to him. He was taken advantage of but ended up winning in the end. Children's books had a great effect on me. A more recent favorite is Animal Farm. Animal Farm haunts me now as I look at the words versus the actions of our politicians.

    What is your favorite thing about Stockton?

    Stockton is very centrally located. I can go camping, skiing, visit Lake Tahoe or San Francisco within two hours.

    Where is your favorite place to spend time?

    On my couch with a book, a drawing pad, or a computer.

    Where is your favorite place to dine?

    I prefer to eat at home and enjoy cooking. Nonetheless, I love IHOP, Sizzler, Peking, and Cancun.

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  • Board Trustee, Candelaria Vargas

    Posted by the Community Relations Office on 2/15/2019

    Candelaria Vargas

    Question & Answer

    Where were you born?

    Bakersfield, California

    Name one thing would you like to accomplish as a trustee this year?

    I want to ensure that our students and staff have the resources they need for a quality education.

    Tell us about your family?

    I have a 2-year-old daughter and I am pregnant with my second child who is due on July 27, 2019. My husband is a local public servant and attorney. I have a younger brother living in Sacramento who works in child protective social services as a supervising social worker. My mother passed away at the age of 42 and my father at the age of 49. My grandparents from both sides migrated from Texas to Californias Central Valley as a result of the dust bowl. They were farm laborers and dairy hands who migrated up and down the Central Valley; Following the seasonal crops. As a result, I have many family members living throughout the Central Valley from Bakersfield to Sacramento.

    What is your educational background?

    I have a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Stanislaus, a bachelors degree in Spanish Literature & Pedagogy, and a minor in International Relations (BA) from the University of the Pacific.

    What is your career?

    Campaign Manager for Daily Kos.

    What are your hobbies?

    Spending time with my daughter Athena, as well as reading, running, wine tasting, traveling, cooking, and eating!

    What is your favorite quote?

    "I don't study to know more, but to ignore less." -Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

    Who is your hero? Please tell us why.

    My mom! She survived domestic violence and sexual abuse all while caring unconditionally for my brother and me. She showed us both that education was the way out of our life of poverty and abuse and into the life we always dreamed of having for ourselves. She saved our lives in countless ways and I am forever thankful for her love and guidance.

    What other boards and committees do you serve on?

    First 5 of San Joaquin Advisory Committee and Joaquin Magazine Editorial Board.

    What is your all-time favorite book?

    Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez and Redondillas by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

    What is your favorite thing about Stockton?

    The many cultures and the diversity of our community.

    Where is your favorite place to spend time?

    At our public libraries and parks with my daughter Athena.

    Where is your favorite place to dine?

    Taquería Carolina on Pershing and March Ln, Tokyo Ramen on Pershing and Robinhood, Casagrande's on Country Club Blvd.

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  • Board Vice President, Kathleen Garcia

    Posted by the Community Relations Office on 2/12/2019

    Kathleen Garcia

    Question & Answer

    Where were you born?

    Vining Minnesota

    Name one thing would you like to accomplish as a trustee this year?

    Break ground on a new building

    Tell us about your family?

    I have four girls, four boys, and 16 grandchildren

    What is your educational background?

    Augsburg College with two AA degrees. One In music and one in business.

    What is your career?

    Sales

    What are your hobbies?

    My hobbies are my Grandchildren.

    What is your favorite quote?

    Saddle up!

    Who is your hero? Please tell us why.

    My Augsburg Choir Director, Leland B Saterm.

    What other boards and committees do you serve on?

    Eastside Fire as well as Garden Acres Community Center

    What is your all-time favorite book?

    Pokey Puppy.

    What is your favorite thing about Stockton?

    It's close to the Bay.

    Where is your favorite place to spend time?

    In the kitchen with the kids and grandkids.

    Where is your favorite place to dine?

    Maria’s on Market.

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  • Board President, Lange Luntao

    Posted by the Community Relations Office on 1/28/2019 12:20:00 PM

    Lange Luntao

    Question & Answer

    Where were you born?

    Stockton, CA

    Name one thing would you like to accomplish as a trustee this year?

    Dramatically increase the number of our students who graduate prepared to go to college. To make this happen, I'd like to see us invest in ethnic studies, stronger AP/IB/honors programs, and rejuvenate our career technical education programs.

    Tell us about your family?

    My parents are retired Stockton Unified teachers (mom: King School, dad: all over the district, but ended his career at McKinley). They're my inspiration. I come from a large Filipino and Irish-American family with over 20 first cousins. My partner, Jason, is from New York and now lives in San Francisco.

    What is your educational background?

    Lincoln HS class of 2008, Harvard University class of 2012 (Social Studies & Middle Eastern Studies), Loyola Marymount University (Social Studies Credential) 2014

    What is your career?

    While I have my social studies teaching credential (and want to go back to teaching full-time), I am now the Executive Director of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation. RSF works to expand hope and build opportunity by attracting resources to Stockton and investing in our city's people. The biggest program we run is Stockton Scholars, a guaranteed scholarship program which aims to give a scholarship to every graduate of a Stockton public school over the next 10 years.

    What are your hobbies?

    Running, reading, skiing, and traveling.

    What is your favorite quote?

    "Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society." - Yuri Kochiyama

    Who is your hero? Please tell us why.

    My Lolo (grandfather) Celestino Daprenal Luntao - one of the first Filipino-American graduates of UC Berkeley in 1937. He overcame incredible racism and discrimination to pursue higher education, and in doing so put his family on the path to the American Dream.

    What other boards and committees do you serve on?

    Little Manila Rising, the Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship, Placeholder Arts Collective.

    What is your all-time favorite book?

    The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon.

    What is your favorite thing about Stockton?

    The rich history and diversity -- and the food!

    Where is your favorite place to spend time?

    Tahoe!

    Where is your favorite place to dine?

    Papa Urbs of course!

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