Hi, I'm Sylvia.
Where I Come From
I'm a proud product of California public schools, from Sumac Elementary to UC Berkeley where I graduated with a degree in Communications. I'm the child of immigrants - when my parents came to this country, they were alone. Thankfully, they found a community and that community helped them raise me and my brother. My family instilled in me a commitment to faith, service, and education. These values shaped my own choices as I found opportunities to serve my own community. For over 25 years, I have been focused on serving students. In my work, I specialized in student recruitment and meeting student needs. In my spare time, I've been a youth group counselor, a children's ministry volunteer, a mentor, and a high school parent advisor. These opportunities of service have been among the great joys of my life, and am excited to keep serving my community in my current role as Cupertino School board member.
My husband Brian and I have been married over 20 years, and we are the proud parents of two children, BJ and Samantha, who were both part of the Mandarin language CLIP Program at Meyerholz Elementary and Miller Middle School, one of CUSD's four alternative programs. At each of the schools our kids have attended, I have been an active parent volunteer, investing not just in my own kids' education but taking on roles that impacted the larger school community. I truly believe that when families and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.
My heart is to serve my community, because I know the importance of parent partnership and I've had the opportunity to be active in elementary, middle and high school, wherever my kids happened to be enrolled. I've served in over a dozen volunteer roles from CLIPCO president, graduation chair, Walking School Bus, athletic team parent, musical production parent, curriculum advisory committee and after-school program coordinator and more. In these roles, I've been able to advocate for ALL students, which is at the heart of what a school board member does.
A Recognized Leader
I was appointed to the school board in January 2019 from a field of sixteen candidates. My fellow board members noted my "consistent advocacy for kids" and my "dedicated commitment and investment in the district as a volunteer" as some of their primary reasons for appointing me.
Since that time we have led the district to more transparency and partnership with parents, have prioritized curriculum and learning environments that account for students' needs, knowing that students learn at different paces and in different way, and have approved policies and programs that help to support and retain teachers.
Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Fellow
Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association, Secretary
International China Concern, Board member
Lords Grace Christian Church, Children's ministry, 5th grade teacher
League of Women Voters - Cupertino-Sunnyvale, member
Asian Women Empowered
Silicon Valley APA Democratic Club