Why I’ll Vote for Bob Poppenga
by Chian Ohler
In a town that is full of highly educated people with infinite number of ideological arguments, Bob Poppenga brings a breath of fresh air to the school board election.
During his run for the school board in 2014, I had a chance to talk to Bob, a vet school professor at UCD with double doctorates (DVM and Ph.D.). Expecting campaign rhetoric from him, I was instead instantly struck by Bob’s unassuming and easy manner. I was impressed that he listened very intently and provided thoughtful answers, exhibiting a commitment to truly understand the issues before reaching conclusions.
Over the past two years, I have learned about Bob’s quiet yet unwavering passion for education. He serves on the board for the Exploit Science Center, and he also served on the school district’s CTE (Career Technical Education)/STEAM Committee, and the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, to name a few.
Most recently, through Bob’s persistent efforts, the School of Veterinary Medicine has committed to supporting the DHS program in veterinary science through donation of instructional materials, help with curriculum development and student learning opportunities at the vet school. This program is the first of its kind, and is a good example of Bob’s determined efforts to achieve his long-held vision of developing partnerships between the school district and community resources.
To lead the district, Bob does not seek the path to fame or even recognition; his sole purpose is to make the school district better. I firmly believe voting for Bob is not about Bob, it is for excellence in education for all Davis children.
Bob Poppenga for School Board
by Deborah Nichols Poulos
I am so grateful that Bob Poppenga is willing to offer his time and abilities on our Davis Joint Unified School Board. With two daughters in the Davis schools and as an experienced educator, Bob has a direct and well-informed view of the quality our district provides. If you have not yet met this thoughtful and dedicated UCD Veterinarian, just stop at his booth at the Farmer’s Market.
He is not just concerned about college bound students, he also supports programs to ensure that students who want to attend trade schools have those options through his work on the district’s Career Technical Education (CTE)/STEAM committee. I appreciate his focus on the diverse needs of our students.
Bob has also contributed his knowledge and expertise to benefit our children as an Explorit Science Center board member, through youth programs with Sunrise Rotarians, and on the parcel tax oversight committee.
As a retired teacher, I especially appreciate Bob’s support of and concern about resources for teachers. Bob has served on the district’s Professional Development Action Team that helped to develop our long-range Strategic Plan. Teachers benefit from board members who understand and support our needs.
Bob also recognises that there are substantial, untapped resources in the Davis community that could further improve our schools by building these relationships. Through his own initiative, he has pursued partnerships with UC Davis to connect our students with opportunities for learning they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Please join me in voting for Bob Poppenga for Davis School Board.
I Support Measure H and Susan Lovenburg
by Michelle Millet
As a long time substitute teacher for the DJUSD, a parent of a 7th grader at Holmes Junior High and a 4th grader at Birch Lane, and a 25-year resident of Davis, I am writing this letter in support of Measure H and in support of Susan Lovenburg for the Davis School Board in this November’s election.