meet sandra park chan

I am a parent with two sons—6th grade and 8th grade—in Lincoln Unified Schools. When my sons started at a brand new school in the District, I was "all in" to support the teachers and administrators in creating a top-notch learning community. I jumped at the chance to help shape and build the new PTSA as an executive officer. We built a thriving PTSA community with robust fundraising capabilities despite being a smaller school in the District. We gladly funded every request for field trip and classroom enrichment items. I later served on the School Site Council with other parents as well as teachers. We worked with the school principal to develop, review, and evaluate school improvement programs.

I'm an advocate of educational opportunities for all students. During my college days at University of California at Irvine, I was part of a program offering a tutoring hotline for any kid who called in needing homework help. After earning my Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Comparative Literature and French Literature, I moved to the Bay Area where I worked in Marketing and Public Relations in the tech industry. For years, I volunteered as a mentor and tutor with a program in East Palo Alto focused on the needs of an under-served population. I witnessed first-hand the academic achievement gap and limited resources in a community of hard-working, caring families.

In 2005, I married my husband Clarence, a longtime Stocktonian (and Stagg High graduate). I moved to Stockton and found ways to invest in my new hometown, especially in the area of children and education. For the last eight years I have served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Museum of Stockton. I'm motivated to work hard for the success of the Museum which means providing access to a fun, safe, learning environment for all children in our diverse community.

I also serve on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit that will be leasing and operating a camp on Catalina Island beginning in January. Again, it is a priority for me to find ways to bring children, especially children who have not had the benefit of a camping/nature experience, to enjoy educational opportunities.

I am passionate about education, and I believe the best decisions are made when schools, parents, and community members come together to find the best solutions for ALL students. Join us!