Endorsements

"... easy to recommend... Segal brings all the experience and enthusiasm one could hope for in a school board candidate. In addition to bringing her perspective as an English teacher and a commitment to improve the district's English language curriculum so it serves all learners, she is a strong advocate for greater transparency and better communication with parents before decisions are made."

- Palo Alto Weekly endorsement

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"Shana Segal is a breath of fresh air for the school board. She combines the experience of a teacher and a parent. Within a few minutes of meeting her, you realize that she would be a good fit. ... Being both a teacher and parent of children in PAUSD gives her insights others lack. It should be noted that she has a great attitude that will lead to cooperation on the board and when it comes to how the board works with parents. There aren't many candidates like Segal. She's a gem that voters are lucky to have on the ballot."

- Daily Post endorsement

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"... Segal’s experience teaching and time both as a student and parent in the district gives her valuable insight into making informed decisions for the benefit of the district. With over 10 years of experience as a teacher in the San Jose Unified School District and substitute at PAUSD, we believe the experience and unique teacher perspective that Segal brings would greatly benefit the district and the board. ... Ultimately, Segal’s motto “Experience Matters” encapsulates her credibility, which stems from her intimate knowledge of the district and Palo Alto community, and we believe that she will bring a well-informed perspective to the board."

- Paly Voice (Palo Alto student newspaper) endorsement

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Anna Eshoo

US Congresswoman

Greg Tanaka

Palo Alto City Council Member

Carolyn Tucher

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Julie Jerome

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Marvina White

Stanford Professor (retired); Co-founder of the Parent Network for Students of Color; former PAUSD Parent

Sharon Keplinger

Former PAUSD Principal for 20+ years and early education expert. 2015 Tall Tree Awards' "Outstanding Professional/Business Person."

Pat Burt

Mayor of Palo Alto, Palo Alto City Council

Grace Mah

Santa Clara County School Board Trustee

Melissa Baten Caswell

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Diane Reklis

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Winter Dellenbach

Founder, Friends of Buena Vista

Leif Erickson

Former Executive Director, Youth Community Service

Lydia Kou

Vice Mayor, City of Palo Alto

Amado M Padilla

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former); Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Camille Townsend

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former) ​

Karen Holman

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board and (former) Mayor of Palo Alto

Cynthia Chang

President of Asian Pacific Islander School Board Association (former); Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Board member for 24 years

Todd Erickson

Head Teacher, Bing Nursery School, Stanford University

Tom DuBois

City Council Member and Former Mayor of City of Palo Alto

Barbara Sih Klausner

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Heidi Emberling

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former); Interim CPO at First 5 Santa Clara County

Sid Espinosa

Mayor of Palo Alto (former)

Derek Gratsky

Board of Trustees, Mount Pleasant Elementary School District

Carrie Jeffries

Retired Director of First Congo Nursery School

Greer Stone

Palo Alto City Council Member/Educator

Terry Godfrey

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Alan Davis

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former)

Esther Wojcicki

Leader/Author/Educator

Sally Bemus

Community Volunteer

Shana's extensive experience in education, service to public schools, volunteer work, and authenticity make her highly qualified to serve as a Trustee of the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Anna Eshoo

US Congresswoman

Alan Davis

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former)

Amado M Padilla

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former); Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Anna Eshoo

US Congresswoman

Annette Glanckopf

Vice Chair, Midtown Residents Association

Arthur Keller

Former Planning and Transportation Commissioner, Palo Alto

Barbara Sih Klausner

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Camille Townsend

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former) ​

Carolyn Tucher

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Christopher Chiang

Board Member, Mountain View-Whisman School District

Claude Ezran

Former Chair Human Relations Commission

Cynthia Chang

President of Asian Pacific Islander School Board Association (former); Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District Board member for 24 years

Derek Gratsky

Board of Trustees, Mount Pleasant Elementary School District

Diane Reklis

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Esther Wojcicki

Leader/Author/Educator

Fiona Walter

Trustee, Mtn View Los Altos HSD & Past Pres., Santa Clara County School Boards Assoc.

Grace Mah

Santa Clara County School Board Trustee

Greer Stone

Palo Alto City Council Member/Educator

Greg Tanaka

Palo Alto City Council Member

Hal Plotkin

Former President, Foothill-De Anza Community College District Governing Board of Trustees

Heidi Emberling

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former); Interim CPO at First 5 Santa Clara County

John Horner

Board President, Morgan Hill Unified School District

Judy Kleinberg

Former Mayor of Palo Alto, Former President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association

Julie Jerome

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Karen Holman

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board and (former) Mayor of Palo Alto

Keith Reckdahl

Palo Alto PTC Commissioner

Leif Erickson

Former Executive Director, Youth Community Service

Lydia Kou

Vice Mayor, City of Palo Alto

Melissa Baten Caswell

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Pat Burt

Mayor of Palo Alto, Palo Alto City Council

Pat Markevitch

Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner

Philippe Rey, PsyD

Executive Director, Adolescent Counseling Services

Rowena Chiu

Palo Alto Parent & Community Leader

Sally Bemus

Community Volunteer

Sid Espinosa

Mayor of Palo Alto (former)

Terry Godfrey

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former)

Tom DuBois

City Council Member and Former Mayor of City of Palo Alto

Winter Dellenbach

Founder, Friends of Buena Vista

Adrienne Brimer

PAUSD Teacher (former)

Annette Isaacson

Retired PAUSD teacher

Barbara Smith

Educator

Bob Reklis

Math Teacher at Eastside Prep HS

Carrie Jeffries

Retired Director of First Congo Nursery School

Christina Nosek

PAUSD Elementary Teacher & Education Author

David B. Cohen

PAUSD Teacher; longtime PA resident; parent of two PAUSD grads; author

Denise Dauler

PAUSD Teacher of 39 years

Evy Ene

Teacher

Frank Aguilera

Palo Alto Adult School Advisory Board

Jane Millman

PAUSD Teacher (retired), Mom to 2 Paly alums, long-time Palo Alto resident

Janel Moses

Language Teacher, Palo Alto Business Owner and Former PAUSD Parent

Jennifer Abrams

Former English Teacher, Gunn High, Current Communications Consultant

Jennifer Aza Allan

PAUSD Teacher

Jessica Clark

PAUSD Classroom Aide/Substitute, PAUSD Parent, PAUSD Alumni, Affordable Housing Advocate

Jim Pflasterer

PAUSD Parent, Safe Routes to School Coordinator (former)

Josh Miller

English Teacher. Lynbrook High School

Julie Brown

Retired PAUSD Art Teacher

Kari Nygaard

PAUSD Teacher and Parent

Katie Kostal

Former Spanish Teacher, Duveneck PTA Executive Board Member, PAUSD Parent

Laila Agrama

PAUSD Teacher

Laurie Stern

Stanford Fellow

Linda Lenoir

RN, BSN, MSN, CNS, PHN

Maggie J. Welsh

English Teacher. Lynbrook High School

Margo Lowensohn

Friends Nursery School Board Member (former)

Maria Abilock

Teacher at PreSchool Family (PAUSD)

Marilyn Mayo

Retired PAUSD Social Studies Teacher

Mark McGurl

Stanford Professor

Marvina White

Stanford Professor (retired); Co-founder of the Parent Network for Students of Color; former PAUSD Parent

Mary Pat O'Connell

Retired PAUSD elementary principal

Meagan Wilson

Teacher, JLS Middle School

Meb Steiner

Special Education Aide/President CSEA Palo Alto Chapter 301

Nancy & Jim Baer

Parents of 2 PAUSD alumni; Leadership Mid Peninsula alumni & current local Preschool teacher

Natalie Krauss Bivas

Former PAUSD reading and ELD specialist and parent of two PAUSD Gunn graduates

Patti Regehr

Former Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner, PAUSD Substitute of the Year, parent of PAUSD student

Pily Macuil

Owner & Teacher, Tikiland Daycare & Preschool

Rebecca Arnow

PAUSD parent, Synapse School Teacher

Sarah Kramer

Math Teacher. Lynbrook High School

Sharon Keplinger

Former PAUSD Principal for 20+ years and early education expert. 2015 Tall Tree Awards' "Outstanding Professional/Business Person."

Stacey Ashlund

Special Education Advocate/PAUSD Volunteer

Teri Baldwin

Teacher/PAEA President

Thomas Ehrlich

Professor emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Education

Todd Erickson

Head Teacher, Bing Nursery School, Stanford University

Tom Culbertson

PAUSD Teacher, Palo Alto Educators Association Executive Board Member-at-Large

Akshaya Aradhya

Tech Exec, PAUSD parent

Allen Akin

Andrew Stern

Anne Anderson

PAUSD Volunteer

Anne Husty

Ed Specialist Coach SMCOE/Parent of PAUSD Alum

Anne Sinha

PAUSD Parent

Anne Taylor

Community Volunteer

Ashma Sethi

PAUSD Parent

Ben Pai

Lynbrook 2010 Former Student of Mrs. Segal

Bethany Powell James

Palo Alto Parent

Bill and Signe Mayfield

PAUSD Parent

Bruce Gee

Bryna Chang

PAUSD Parent, Former Gunn Site Council member, and former JLS and Hoover Site Council Co-Chair

Carolyn Williams

Former: PAUSD School Volunteer at Escondido, Jordan (Greene) schools, and Gunn. Council Director of Parent Ed, Students. Parent of 2 PAUSD Alums

Carter Blair

President of Paly Black Student Union. Walter Hays, Greene Alum

Catherine Crystal Foster

Community member

Catherine Ross Stoll

Business Owner, PAUSD alum, parent of former PAUSD student

Cathy Kuan-Stacey

Palo Alto Parent

Catie Nudelman

Student Volunteer from Palo Alto High School

Celeste McGurl

Chaochin Lu

Christian Pease

Evergreen Park

Christine Boehm

PAUSD parent

Cindy Ginanni

Parent of 2 PAUSD alums; Owner of Founder of Dance Connection Palo Alto

Claire Kirner

PAUSD Parent

Connie Butner

Parent of 4 PAUSD alumni and 1 current PAUSD student, owner of Let's Go Crafting

Daniel Guhr, PhD

Academic Performance Consultant & School Volunteer

Debbie Smith

Retired Attorney

Deborah and Fred Kurland

Retired Social Worker; Parent of 3 PAUSD Alums

Denise Ching

Palo Alto parent

Diane and Kimball Bond

Dianne Milewski

Dr. Brittany Stevens

Educational Psychologist/Local Parent

Ellen Cookman

Estate Planning Attorney in Palo Alto

Eric Park

Faith W. Brigel, LCSW

Parent of 2 PAUSD alums, Social Worker, former community activist.

Gayle McDowell

Engineer, Parent to former PAUSD Student

Georges Saab & Johanna Sundén

PAUSD Parents

Giselle Galper

Parent of 3 recent Paly Grads

Guicheng Shen

Heidi G. Lerner

Parent of PAUSD Alums

Hiral Parekh

PAUSD Parent

Jackie Wen

Jane Gee

Janet Wang

PAUSD Parent; JLS Connections Secretary

Janice Hough

Writer

Jeana Rose

PAUSD Parent

Jen Chu

PAUSD Parent

Jen Glos

Parent of 3 PAUSD students; PAUSD classroom aid (frm.); Ohlone site council chair (frm.); Paly’s city council; Ohlone Math Olympiad founder

Jenine Young Morris

PAUSD Parent

Jenny Quan

Jessica Galbraith

PAUSD Parent to 8 kids

Jessica Yang

PAUSD Parent

Jing Quan

Johannah Seah

Paly PAUSD Student Board Representative 22-23

John Herrema

Parent to a PAUSD student and grad

Judith Lynch-Kenney

Business Owner, Parent of former PAUSD Students

Kamal Ardeshna

School Volunteer President 2018-2019, School volunteer, Paly Robotics Booster President 2019 - current

Karen Kessler Ceresnak

PAUSD Parent and School Volunteer

Karen Matthys

Parent of PAUSD grads

Kelly Chang

Former PAUSD parent

Lars Smith

PAUSD Alum & Parent

Lauren Janov

Leah Russin

PAUSD Parent

Lee Merkle Raymond

Leena Gill

PAUSD Parent

Lili Wu

Lillian Ye

PAUSD Parent

Lily Hsu

PAUSD Parent

Linda Jiang

PAUSD Parent

Lynn and Andrew Newman

Education Researcher; Pulmonologist; Parents of PAUSD Alums

Martin Duran

PAUSD Parent

Mathew Signorello-Katz

Paly Class of 2022 President (2020-2022)

Melanie Curtiss

Palo Alto Parent

Meredith Pfeffer

Palo Alto Parent

Micaiah Acosta

Former PAUSD Student Board Representative (2021-22)

Michael Fogarty

Retired Physician

Nicole Macuil

School Volunteer and PAUSD parent

Nikhilesh Naregal

Norman Cheng

PAUSD Parent

Nuray Sazpinar

PAUSD Parent

Olga Petrova

PAUSD Parent

Padmini Krishnan

PAUSD Parent

Pamela Fortune

Pat Sanders and Tom Sanders

Community Member

Paul Millman

Parent of PAUSD grads

Paula E. Wolfson

LCSW, Intergenerational Care Consultant

Paulina Pena

PAUSD parent

Pavan Desikan

PAUSD Parent

Payvand Kadivar

Parent

Penny Ellson

Safe Routes to School long-time Advocate and Leader

Peter Li

PAUSD Grad

Preeva Tramiel

Author, Parent

Rachaell Mondino

Registered Nurse, PAUSD School Volunteer

Rebecca Thompson

Current Gunn Parent, former Gunn Foundation Board Member, Community and School Volunteer

Robert Master

MD, FACC

Roberta Pinheiro

Parent to former PAUSD student

Ron Fortune

Rujuta Shah

PAUSD Parent

Sarah Kraemer

Sarah Mitchell

PAUSD Parent

Shweta Dhingra

PAUSD Parent

Siming Li

Sonya Bradski

Former PAUSD Parent, Gunn PiE Representative for 10 years, Major Palo Alto Volunteer

Steve Gu

Steven Chanin

former PAUSD parent

Sunny Wu

Lynbrook High School ‘15, Stanford University ‘19

Surabhi Gupta

PAUSD Parent

Terry Acebo Davis

Vicky Ching

PAUSD Parent

Virginia Feira

PAUSD Parent

Wen Guo

PAUSD Parent

Xin Li

Xuejun Ying

Yael Valek

School Volunteer, PAUSD Parent, PAUSD Alum

Yang Chu

Former PAUSD parent

Yao Chen

PAUSD Parent

Ying Cui

PAUSD Parent

Yiran Wu

In their words...

Shana brings an exceptional background to our Board; local student, teacher, parent, education expert, and school volunteer. Her experience and insights will help all of our students thrive.

Pat Burt

Mayor of Palo Alto, Palo Alto City Council

Getting to know Shana is a breathe of fresh air; she is authentic, knowledgeable and action oriented. Shana has been a teacher for over 10 years and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to children's education. But, most relevant is her top priority: differentiation, a philosophy of teaching rooted in acknowledging each child's differences and to help all students thrive.
 
Being a teacher, who knows education and interacts with students, and a parent, Shana cares and hears both sides. Everyone wants the best for their children, and Shana wants the best for all the students too. Please vote with me for Shana Segal for PAUSD Board Trustee.

Lydia Kou

Vice Mayor, City of Palo Alto

I've seen Shana in action and I'm impressed with her knowledge, dedication and spirit. She's authentic with deep knowledge of childhood education at a wide range of ages. She knows our school district and has historical context in Palo Alto. I'm happy to support her for the school board.

Tom DuBois

City Council Member and Former Mayor of City of Palo Alto

Shana's experience, education, and deep-rooted knowledge of PAUSD as a former student, current parent, and education consultant, makes her the perfect addition to the School Board. As a former JLS, Gunn, and Paly teacher myself, I value Shana's experience as a teacher and her concrete understanding of the issues facing educators in today's classroom.

Shana's primary interest is helping all students achieve success. She intends to support all students by prioritizing differentiation within the curriculum and offering the resources necessary for teachers to ensure all students achieve success. Shana not only will focus on academic excellence, but also balancing high academic standards with mental health and equity concerns.

Join me in my enthusiastic support for Shana Segal.

Greer Stone

Palo Alto City Council Member/Educator

As a Professor of Education at the Stanford University, Graduate School of Education, I am delighted to see an educator run for the PAUSD Board of Education. Shana’s experience and informed knowledge about educational practices will benefit many of our more marginalized students while also celebrating the accomplishment of all PAUSD students.

Amado M Padilla

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (Former); Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Shana is a breath of fresh air--authentic, committed, and passionate about students, families, and educators. She has deep experience and knowledge of education and school districts and, as a graduate of PAUSD schools, she and her family are long-time members of the Palo Alto community. Shana will prioritize equity for all students and I highly recommend her for the Palo Alto School Board.

Heidi Emberling

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former); Interim CPO at First 5 Santa Clara County

Shana has it all. She's a teacher. She knows Palo Alto, its community and its schools. Shana attended and graduated from Palo Alto's Schools. We could not be more fortunate to have such a knowledgeable member of our Board of Trustees. I look forward to voting for Shana in November. I hope you do, too.

Alan Davis

Palo Alto Unified School District Board President and Trustee (former)

I’ve only heard the best about Shana Segal! After meeting her at her campaign kickoff, I could tell she was a passionate, welcoming, and approachable person who would work for the better of the community. I am so glad to see a candidate that advocates for students and is willing to hear our concerns :)

Johannah Seah

Paly PAUSD Student Board Representative 22-23

Shana is exactly who we need on our school board. She is a parent of young children in PAUSD schools, a former public high school teacher who understands teaching and learning, and a longtime Palo Alto resident deeply invested in making our schools a place where all children will thrive. As a PAUSD elementary teacher of over 20 years, I am thrilled that we have such a solid and qualified candidate running for our school board. Join me in supporting her and our children!

Christina Nosek

PAUSD Elementary Teacher & Education Author

Shana is a dream candidate for the Palo Alto School Board. Her experience alone in our community as a PAUSD staff member, PAUSD parent, PAUSD alumni, and community school consultant check all the boxes. Shana has a strong connection with parents as well as staff in our district. Shana is passionate about student well being both emotionally and academically.
After speaking at length with Shana about various topics ranging from student inclusion and equity, social/emotional needs, to the need for staff pay increases, I am confident she will be a beacon of hope for our school community. She represents staff, parents, and students in our district during a time where many of us don’t feel heard or validated. Please join me in supporting Shana Segal for Palo Alto School Board.

Jessica Clark