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Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:50 PM

Engeging Students

I had to be creative this year to welcome my student, and to introduce myself. We need to make sure we get student's attention and keep them engaged in cyberspace.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:27 PM


School board needs to act on declining enrollment now. It’s their job to plan for the future. #abcusd Demographic Study predicted declining enrollment in January 2019 and board has ignored the problem.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:24 PM


This is my Astronomy Club. Maybe one of these kids will be one of the first humans on Mars.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of a student’s life. Learning happens at all moments, not just during school hours. Unstructured learning is fun and memorable.


Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:20 PM


Students’ success depends on the parent, student, and teacher connection.
Parent Centers need to continue helping parents with workshops to support the parent-student relationship.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:17 PM


This is not a stepping stone for me.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:16 PM


One who takes credit for all the successes and collects awards, should also take credit for all the failures.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:15 PM


Term limits should be a given in all school districts. No one should be a board member longer than a child is a student in the district.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:13 PM


At Cerritos City Council Meeting on 12/12/2019 speaking against the ordinance to move the truck route from Bloomfield Ave to Shoemaker Ave.
I was concerned that changing the truck route closer to ABC schools would put students in danger.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:07 PM


Students’ safety is one of my most important priorities. Students need to feel safe at school, at home, and their neighborhood, in order to be able to function 100% at school.
Speaking to Cerritos residents about the benefits of Neighborhood Watch. October 17, 2018.
In education we say, “It takes a village to educate a child,” well it also takes a village to be safe.
I’ve been involved with neighborhood watch for many years. We started to expand exponentially around 2015, with help of our new Sheriff Captain. I started using social media in my own neighborhood, then I started a Captains WhatsApp group to be able to communicate with other captains and neighborhoods around the city. From one day to the next we went from a few dozen residents communicating to a few thousand ayes keeping watch and helping each other.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 7:03 PM


This year we couldn't hold our mock election as in the past (see pictures from 2018), but kids did participate virtually.
Another Student Mock Election. I've been teaching my students over the years the importance of voting. We participate in the California Student Mock Election all even years. Students get to read, research,and debate the propositions and candidates. Some get assigned a candidate, and others a Pro or Con for each of the State Proposition, then they have a chance to inform what they've learned to other students before they decide on how to vote.
It's a great way to engage students and have them pay attention to the real election. Hopefully, they'll become life long voters.
Full result for the 2020 Mock Election will be available Friday.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:58 PM


Bell schedules don’t work in the virtual world. Work time does not end when the kids log out. There is a lot of planning to make sure kids stay engaged and make them want to come back the next morning.

Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:53 PM


Voting is the best way to make changes.
Voting ballots started to arrive at home this weekend. Vote #Mel4ABC or anyone else you wish, but make sure to #vote

Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:48 PM

No Photo Ops

You will not see me doing photo ops, or anything I was not doing before I decided to serve ABC students, parents, and teachers.
No staged photos of me doing something for the community. Only things I’ve done before this election.
I will continue serving my community, elected or not elected. That’s what I do.


Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:17 PM


I started Teach at Home Facebook Group for parents and teachers on March 14, 2020, the day after ABC schools closed due to COVID19.
I thought parents would need a place to support each other, and share ideas and information to help their kids at home.
After almost six months and close to 800 parents and teachers, the group is going strong as Virtual Learning continues.
Please consider joining if you are a parent or teacher.

Friday, September 11, 2020 6:52 PM


Experience counts:
Elementary School experience.
Middle School experience.
High School experience.
Parents Education experience.
Out of the Classroom experience.
School Leadership experience.
Teacher Leadership experience.
District Committee experience.
Budget Development experience.
I bring 29 years of experience to ABC students, parents, and teachers.

Pictures: Early days, when chalkboards were still used, and leading a parent workshop.

Friday, September 11, 2020 6:52 PM


With students’ safety in my mind, ABC need to implement the NW motto, “See Something Say Something.”
Students need to feel safe to make sure they achieve their full potential.
I’ve worked with my neighbors and my community with Neighborhood Watch (NW) for many years. Through that time NW grew exponentially in my community. I implemented a Captains group to communicate between neighborhoods, help neighborhoods without a NW to establish their own NW groups, and together we made our community safer.
Student safety is one thing ABC needs to take a look to make sure students succeed. Some areas that need to be looked at are: bullying and cyberbullying, mental health, threat assessment, school security, physical security, school climate, and disaster assessment.
See Something Say Something should be part of all schools’ safety plan.

Picture: Mel Cortez at one of his many Neighborhood Watch meetings. 

Friday, September 11, 2020 6:51 PM


ABCUSD student population is declining. By 2024-2025 the district will have over 1,200 students less than when the study was conducted. That’s more than the population of an entire elementary school!
When will ABC address declining enrollment? For sure it will be addressed in December of this year if I get elected. We need to save our district.

Friday, September 11, 2020 6:49 PM


My top priorities are:
• Make sure ALL students have access to needed resources, IEP’s are followed and NO student is left behind during this pandemic.
• Address declining enrollment and Demographic Study.
• Work with schools and community to improve ALL schools, and make sure high performing schools continue doing so.
• Oversee the spending of $258 million from the BB Bond.
• Student safety, social/emotional health, and bullying.



Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:14 AM

Why am I running for ABC Board?

I am running for ABCUSD Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 because the future of the district and schools is at stake. Our current board has not addressed the declining enrollment of students in the area, if we do not start planning and working with our local cities to address our aging population and decline of school age kids, our district as we know it will change drastically, and several schools will be in danger of closing their doors forever! This affects schools in the west side and TA5 more than others areas. I am running for the ABC Board to keep the schools open.

My 29 years of teaching and many years of service in my community have prepared me to help plan for the future of our school district by working with students, parents, teachers, the community, and cities' government. We all need to work together to come up with a plan to make sure our schools do not close!

My top priorities are:

1. Address declining enrollment ASAP. Schools will close if we don't.

2. Work with schools and community to improve all schools. Our home school should be as desirable as any other school.

3. Make sure no student stays behind. COVID-19 has brought new challenges to our education system.

4. Make Board meetings 100% accessible to the community. The Board works for the community.

5. Oversee the spending of the millions of dollars from the BB Bond. It's your money.

If elected, I pledge to serve the full term. I will not abandon the students by running for another elected position, and I will not ask to be appointed to anything that will leave Trustee Area 5 without representation. As a life long educator, I am only interested in serving the students. With your support, I'll make sure WE work together to address the above issues. I am not running as I, but as WE, I will always be your voice, and I will always put students first.

Monday, July 20, 2020 8:26 PM

Top Priorites

My top priorities are:

1. Address declining enrollment ASAP. Schools will close if we don't.

2. Work with schools and community to improve all schools. Our home school should be as desirable as any other school.

3. Make sure no student stays behind. COVID-19 has brought new challenges to our education system.

4. Make Board meetings 100% accessible to the community. The Board works for the community.

5. Oversee the spending of the millions of dollars from the BB Bond. It's your money.

Monday, July 20, 2020 5:25 PM

All voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. election

Beginning with the November 3, 2020 General Election all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mailing of Vote by Mail ballots in all elections begins 29 days prior to Election Day.

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