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Seeking to bring a parent's perspective, Carrol Titus-Zambre joins race for MVLA board seat

Titus-Zambre wants high school district to further incorporate technology into curriculum

Carrol Titus-Zambre. Courtesy Carrol Titus-Zambre.

Carrol Titus-Zambre is running for a seat on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board, with the aim of bringing a parent's perspective to the governing board and helping the district recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Born and raised in Santa Clara County, Titus-Zambre said she grew up attending public schools and that her three children went through the Los Altos and Mountain View Los Altos Union High school districts. Two of her children graduated from high school in 2021 and her third child is currently a senior, Titus-Zambre said.

"It would be an honor to give back a portion of what we received as a family," she said.

The high school district's five-member school board has three seats up for a vote this November. Catherine Vonnegut is the only incumbent running for re-election. Also vying for a seat are Jacquie Tanner, Thida Cornes, Eric Mark and Esmeralda Ortiz.

One of Titus-Zambre's motivations for running is helping the district compensate for learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. She pointed to evidence of standardized test score declines, including an analysis by the non-profit news site EdSource showing a 12% drop in students passing California's Smarter Balanced math test in 2021 compared to 2019, as well as a 6% decline in those passing the English language arts test.

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The test was optional in 2021, so the analysis only includes schools that participated. Titus-Zambre said that the impact is even more substantial when broken down by race and economic status.

Part of the solution, she believes, is for districts to better integrate technology into the classroom and ensure it is accessible for all students.

"There's this gap we need to fill and I'd love to help the district do that," she said.

Titus-Zambre runs an e-learning company called Golden Poppy Inc., which created an augmented reality game designed to teach kids science, math and engineering concepts.

When it comes to the high school district, she believes technology could allow for more virtual science labs, as well as help kids who have fallen behind in classes. She also wants to make sure teachers know how to fit technology into the curriculum and that a holistic approach is used, which incorporates students' physical and emotional needs.

If elected, Titus-Zambre said she would prioritize taking community input, adding that she wants the board to be balanced with various perspectives, and that she would bring the experience of being a current parent in the district. Since announcing her run, Titus-Zambre said she has had other parents contact her.

"I'm totally open to listening to all of those parents' concerns and great ideas," she said.

As for specific policy priorities, Titus-Zambre said that she wants to get the lay of the land first and to further study the district's upcoming decisions. She said that she knows the district is working on piloting a new ethnic studies course and that California is considering changes to math standards, but didn't state a particular position on either issue.

Instead, she said that she would want to take time to delve into the issues and would focus on finding accurate ways to measure outcomes, pointing to the MBA she said she earned from Santa Clara University in information systems and quantitative solutions

Over the years, Titus-Zambre said she has volunteered to run youth volleyball clinics, led a local girl scout troop and coached boys volleyball at Los Altos High School.

To learn more about each of the candidates running for the high school district's board, visit mv-voice.com in the coming days.

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Seeking to bring a parent's perspective, Carrol Titus-Zambre joins race for MVLA board seat

Titus-Zambre wants high school district to further incorporate technology into curriculum

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 16, 2022, 12:43 pm

Carrol Titus-Zambre is running for a seat on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board, with the aim of bringing a parent's perspective to the governing board and helping the district recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Born and raised in Santa Clara County, Titus-Zambre said she grew up attending public schools and that her three children went through the Los Altos and Mountain View Los Altos Union High school districts. Two of her children graduated from high school in 2021 and her third child is currently a senior, Titus-Zambre said.

"It would be an honor to give back a portion of what we received as a family," she said.

The high school district's five-member school board has three seats up for a vote this November. Catherine Vonnegut is the only incumbent running for re-election. Also vying for a seat are Jacquie Tanner, Thida Cornes, Eric Mark and Esmeralda Ortiz.

One of Titus-Zambre's motivations for running is helping the district compensate for learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. She pointed to evidence of standardized test score declines, including an analysis by the non-profit news site EdSource showing a 12% drop in students passing California's Smarter Balanced math test in 2021 compared to 2019, as well as a 6% decline in those passing the English language arts test.

The test was optional in 2021, so the analysis only includes schools that participated. Titus-Zambre said that the impact is even more substantial when broken down by race and economic status.

Part of the solution, she believes, is for districts to better integrate technology into the classroom and ensure it is accessible for all students.

"There's this gap we need to fill and I'd love to help the district do that," she said.

Titus-Zambre runs an e-learning company called Golden Poppy Inc., which created an augmented reality game designed to teach kids science, math and engineering concepts.

When it comes to the high school district, she believes technology could allow for more virtual science labs, as well as help kids who have fallen behind in classes. She also wants to make sure teachers know how to fit technology into the curriculum and that a holistic approach is used, which incorporates students' physical and emotional needs.

If elected, Titus-Zambre said she would prioritize taking community input, adding that she wants the board to be balanced with various perspectives, and that she would bring the experience of being a current parent in the district. Since announcing her run, Titus-Zambre said she has had other parents contact her.

"I'm totally open to listening to all of those parents' concerns and great ideas," she said.

As for specific policy priorities, Titus-Zambre said that she wants to get the lay of the land first and to further study the district's upcoming decisions. She said that she knows the district is working on piloting a new ethnic studies course and that California is considering changes to math standards, but didn't state a particular position on either issue.

Instead, she said that she would want to take time to delve into the issues and would focus on finding accurate ways to measure outcomes, pointing to the MBA she said she earned from Santa Clara University in information systems and quantitative solutions

Over the years, Titus-Zambre said she has volunteered to run youth volleyball clinics, led a local girl scout troop and coached boys volleyball at Los Altos High School.

To learn more about each of the candidates running for the high school district's board, visit mv-voice.com in the coming days.

Comments

Frank Richards
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm
Frank Richards, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm

Embacadero Media really needs to do a more in-depth job interviewing these candidates. First, they had the big miss with Ingrid Campos, and now Carrol Titus's background is missing too.

Thanks to the deep reporting of the LAHS Talon: Web Link

"“It makes me mad,” parent Carrol Titus said. “Look in the parking lot, there’s a lot of nice Teslas, new cars and there are no teachers. What the heck! I don’t know of any other industry where you’re allowed to not work and still get paid. It’s high time that they’re back in, or get some new teachers.”

“I would not be in favor of students returning to campus with masks,” Titus said. “I think it’s completely ridiculous. It’s just not supported by science.”


Surely, those statements are worthy of follow-up, no?


Mtn View Mom
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Sep 17, 2022 at 5:36 am
Mtn View Mom, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Sep 17, 2022 at 5:36 am

I would suggest reading the Los Altos Town Crier profile of Titus-Zambre that revealed that she misled on the paper on her endorsements. Web Link


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on Sep 17, 2022 at 8:06 am
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on Sep 17, 2022 at 8:06 am

@Frank Richards. Thanks for the Talon link. Also had noted her campaign site was just a subsection of her company commercial website (donate button next to check out button?).


Jenny
Registered user
Monta Loma
on Sep 17, 2022 at 10:22 am
Jenny, Monta Loma
Registered user
on Sep 17, 2022 at 10:22 am

Thanks for sharing these additional links about her previous comments in publshed articles. I remember her as being very inflexible in her consideration of other parents' viewpoints when it came to the reopening discussion so I'm concerned about how open she really would be to opposing points of view.


Go Laura!
Registered user
another community
on Sep 18, 2022 at 7:30 am
Go Laura!, another community
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2022 at 7:30 am

It seems like she hasn't actually been involved much with the high school and doesn't have any policy positions. I'm not sure what she adds to the board. This looks more like a way to boost her company instead of someone who is passionate about wanting to help improve the MVLA district.


HAB
Registered user
Willowgate
on Sep 19, 2022 at 3:41 pm
HAB, Willowgate
Registered user
on Sep 19, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Thank you to those who shared the extra links about this candidate's questionable motives and actions. Lying about endorsements is immediately disqualifying. The ed tech founder angle raises red flags in what Titus-Zambre's motivations are for running for school board. I would love for the MV Voice (and other local newspapers) to cover candidates with a bit more scrutiny and less fluff. Taking a person at their word when they've falsely claimed endorsements may require another look at this, and all, candidates before publishing profiles.


Questions
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on Sep 20, 2022 at 9:25 pm
Questions, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on Sep 20, 2022 at 9:25 pm

First question. Did everyone see the 3 comment replies to that LAHS Talon story linked to by Frank Richards? You have to click on the link at the bottom to read the comments.

Second question. I honestly don't know the answer to this and would like to know.
The web-page that this story links to for Titas-Zombre is located on her own company's web-site.
Is that allowed under campaign laws?


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm

Just read the Los Altos Town Crier article listed above. Candidate claimed to be endorsed by the MVLA Superintendent and a Community College Trustee.... who flatly denied these claims when the Town Crier tried to confirm.

Completely disqualifying.


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