Elect Estela DePaz as WCCUSD District 1 Trustee

Residents of Hercules, Pinole, Bayview-Montalvin, and Giant (“District 1”) can now vote for their own representative on the West Contra Costa Unified School District board.

NEW – Endorsed by the East Bay Times!

About Estela

  • I grew up in Rodeo, California.
  • My family moved to Rodeo from the Philippines in 1981.
  • I graduated from John Swett High School.
  • I attended SF State University, and graduated with a bachelor’s in International Business.
  • I moved back and settled in Hercules with my family in 2003.

Career and Professional Experience

  • Spent 20+ years of my career in Information Technology and Financial Services.
  • Held numerous roles and organizational leadership responsibilities in marketing, product development, quality assurance and testing, and project management.
  • Certified (since 2007) as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Recently completed my Master’s Degree in Project Management at the University of Wisconsin – research focused on transferability of project management practices and competencies into Special Education.
  • Fun Facts: I love crafts! Knitting, soap-making, kombucha brewing, sewing, tie dye, and recently, calligraphy.

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Role in the Community

  • 10+ years of School Site Councils – Wilson Elementary, Portola/Korematsu Middle School, Hercules Middle School – usually as chairperson. Current chair of Hercules High School SSC.
  • Past chair and current member of WCCUSD’s Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
  • Current member District Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Student Committee (DLCAPS).
  • President of the grassroots organization called Parents for the Educational Advancement Community of Hercules (PEACH).
  • Board member of the Hercules Rotary Club.
  • Member of the Philippine Independence @ Hercules Event Committee.

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Current Projects

  • Helped organize the Hercules High School drive-thru graduation.
  • In-classroom volunteer teacher/consultant at HHS Leadership Class.
  • Co-creator and coordinator of Hercules Maker Fair. This would have been our fourth year, but we got canceled due to Covid-19.
  • The Parent Education Night Series (PENS). This project was a partnership with PEACH, Hercules High School, and Hercules Middle School.
  • With Hercules Rotary Club – two active service projects: 1) the Hercules Rotary Website Development Project; and (2) “How to Zoom – Zoomers Showing Boomers”.  Both projects are in partnership with Interact Club students from Hercules High School.

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Platform and Priorities

  • Budget operations alignment – Our taxpayer dollars must be invested wisely towards the education of all our children – demand accountability, align school activities to educational outcomes, insist on traceability to ensure transparency.
  • Mental health and social-emotional learning – We need to identify creative and community-based approaches to assist our students.
  • Computer technology-assisted instruction – With Covid-19 and the budget crisis, we must consider how to fully leverage technologies to help our teachers provide rich and engaging instruction.
  • Community, communication, and collaboration – We must create spaces for constructive dialogue, to share knowledge, and gain agreement.

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