Elections 2012: Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert, Candidate for OUSD Board of Trustees

Orindan Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert is running for one of two available seats on the Orinda Union School District Board

General Information

Name : Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert
Age : 46

Place of residence : Orinda, Ca since 2002



Attended college : Yes
College :
University of San Francisco, BA Psychology, Graduate with Honors
Degree :
Year of graduation :

Grad school

University : University of San Francisco
Degree :
Juris Doctor, admitted to California State Bar, Dec. 1990
Year of graduation :

University : UC Berkeley

Degree : Ph.d
Area of research : Social Welfare, Advanced to Candidacy with Honors
Year of graduation :

Employment Information

Job titles held : NA
Employers :
Gordon & Rees, LLP Attorneys at Law, San Francisco, CA, 1988-1991; CSU Hayward, Department of Sociology and Social Services 1996-2004

Political Information

Party affiliation : DTS
Running for a:
Local office
Running for position:
Orinda Union Board of Trustees



Other facts

As a mother of two children in the Orinda Schools, I am running for the OUSD Board of Trustees. I believe that my experience as an educator and leadership in a wide range of voluntary activities along with my professional training in law, social welfare policy and child development make me well-qualified to serve our community in these difficult times. I have attended many OUSD School Board Meetings. I have visited all 5 OUSD school sites – talking with parents, teachers and staff to learn about what they see as currently working well in the OUSD and their hopes for the future. What I have learned has helped shape my platform. Advancement of 21st Century Student Skill: OUSD students have consistently achieved an outstanding record on the conventional measures of academic performance. However, the academic requirements of the 21st century are changing. New skills are in demand based on, for example, advanced information technology, critical thinking and project-based learning. The OUSD has tremendous potential to provide intellectual leadership in reshaping the standard educational model to meet this challenge. Fiscal Responsibility and Academic Excellence during Difficult Economic Times: State Budget Projections for the next five years are bleak. The District needs to formulate a thoughtful Strategic Plan that generates greater efficiencies, explores cross/intradistrict collaboration and advances creative revenue generating ideas. Responsiveness to Community, Parent and Teacher Opinion: Parents, teachers and community members should be treated as partners in the educational enterprise; District Surveys of parents and teachers should be initiated and used to help inform decision making. If elected I will do everything in my power to make informed and responsible decisions that will benefit the entire OUSD Community.

Jenny Barnes October 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM
If Matt Moran is such a horrible School Board member, why is he endorsed by EVERY member of the Orinda City Council, and all but one ( Bekki shill Tyson Krumholtz ) current School Board member ? So the ENTIRE City Council is wrong about this guy ? I seriously doubt it.
Chris F. October 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
So Jeny, What your saying is that all the others are lying, That Matt never turnded his back on the families at Wagner that went to the school board and begged for help? That he wasn't involved with the failure of the implimentation of Measure B for over two years?
CJ October 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
After looking at all the candidates and their positions and the messy info on these blogs. My early absentee ballot was sent in and for Moran.
Danny Del Rey October 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
It's pretty funny that in a comments section for Bekki Gilbert, there's 8000 mentions of Matt Moran. Nothing like free advertising.
bekki gilbert October 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@ CJ - after reviewing your comments all over The Patch, I'm relieved not to have garnered your vote.


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