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October 9, 2012 > Candidate Heather Reyes

Candidate Heather Reyes

For Hayward Unified School District Governing Board Member

Why I'm running: Whether or not we have children in the school district, the success of the students in the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) is important to all of us. Who will be our future leaders? Who will be our future doctors, pharmacists, engineers, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, mentors, responsible citizens and future contributors to our communities and the world? I'm excited and honored to be part of working toward the goal of equipping our kids for the future.

My Qualifications: My experience is varied. I proudly served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from 1983-1988. My job was to think quickly, work as part of a team and have compassion toward the patient as the team tended to their injuries or illness.

In 1988, I began work in the legal field and have worked at the same law firm since 1993 (with a short four-year break). As a Legal Administrator, I wear many hats reconciling financial documents, working closely with attorneys and clients to ensure smooth billing requirements. Also, I work closely with the office manager maintaining and streamlining the roles of employees.

During my break of four years from the legal profession, I was a small business owner. I educated families and businesses regarding debt management, insurances and investment planning. During this time I was an active member in the Hayward South Rotary Club where I participated in activities such as delivering dictionaries to Third grade classrooms within HUSD.

Most importantly, my husband and I are parents of two students in the HUSD. Being a working mom has increased and honed my skills in multi-tasking, mediating, budgeting, nursing, coaching, teaching, cooking and cleaning!

Spanish is spoken in my multi-cultural, multi-generational household. My husband and I place a high priority on our children speaking English to prepare them for the future workforce and to allow for more advancement opportunities in life. I've been active with the school district by attending parent and school board meetings to present ideas to the District. I'm a proud member of HUSD's Financial Integrity Transparency Advisory Group (FITAG) that deals with much of the District's fiscal and budgetary issues. I believe in active participation. I am active within the City of Hayward to ensure my community is well-informed. Our family continues learning by exploring California; we enjoy biking, waterskiing, snow skiing and horseback riding. My inner creative child teaches my children how to scrapbook, embroider and make jewelry. The tomboy in me enjoys football and baseball games...

Your vote for me would allow me to tackle the challenging issues facing HUSD by streamlining what is excellent within the District, institute clear, concise and manageable goals and create a uniform policy of discipline to ensure the safety of our children.

Please take the time to get to know me and what I stand for by contacting me at or please call me at (510) 677-4557. I would be incredibly honored to earn your vote. Thank you!

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