In a town that is full of highly Globe Informeducated people with an 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 understanding the issues before reaching conclusions truly.
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 the donation of instructional materials, help with curriculum development, and student learning opportunities at the vet school. This program is the first of its kind. It 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 Dba Press.
I am so grateful that Bob Poppenga is willing to offer his time and abilities to 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, stop at his booth at the Farmer’s Market.
As a retired teacher, I especially appreciate Bob’s support 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 recognizes 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.
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.
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