The commitment and care of the school districts we work with is encouraging and motivating! I am grateful that I can be of assistance to the goal of helping students succeed and advancing education in communities throughout the state.
2. Where did you get your education?
I am a proud alum of San Jose Unified School District for kindergarten through eighth grade. For high school I attended Archbishop Mitty High School (Go Monarchs!). After graduation from Mitty, I moved up to Davis to attend UC Davis for both undergraduate and law school (proud double aggie!).
Dana in front of the the New York Public Library.
3. What is your favorite children's book?
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is my all-time favorite. The message of sharing with your community and being kind to others is so important, and this story demonstrates that importance in a clear and creative way. And who doesn't love those shiny scales and beautiful drawings that bring the story to life!
4. What are you currently reading?
I am always reading both a physical book and an audio book (for the car and long runs!). I just finished up an audio book called The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers and found it to be a very uplifting read (or listen in this case!). He was such an iconic person and I loved learning more about him and how he operated.
My current hardcopy book is The New Jim Crow. It is a challenging read, but one of great importance. The author's investment to fully cover the topic of mass incarceration and the influences that have led us to this point is impressive and I am grateful for her work.
5. Favorite character/character you most relate to?
Hermione from the Harry Potter series always feels very relatable to me. I love to learn, read, and can often be found in the library. Like Hermione, I tend to be a rule follower and will keep my friends and family in check as well when necessary!
6. This or That
a. physical book or e-reader?
b. audio or visual?
Visual (but I always have an audio book for the car)
c. bookstore or library?
Both – local libraries are community treasures and book stores are like Disneyland!
d. fiction or non-fiction?
e. book club or solo?
Solo. I love a good book club but tend to want to pick my book of the moment.
7. Note taker or non-note taker?
Highlighter and dog ear-er!