Parent Leader Daisy Gonzalez Named to Board of Education

September 9, 2013
Read the article in the New Haven Register: East Rock Mom Named to New Haven School Board
Read the article in the New Haven Independent: Parent Activist Joins School Board
NEW HAVEN – East Rock Community Magnet School parent Daisy Y. Gonzalez has been appointed by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. to serve on the New Haven Board of Education. Gonzalez will be sworn in at Monday night Board of Education meeting at Hill Regional Career High School.
“As PTO president, Daisy Gonzalez has worked tirelessly on behalf of the hundreds of children who, along with her son, attend East Rock Community Magnet School. Now Daisy will have the chance to serve and advocate for the 22,000 students who attend public schools throughout the city. She brings an important parent voice to the Board of Education and will be an asset as we forge ahead with School Change goals,” said Mayor DeStefano.

“From the countless hours spent volunteering at her son’s school to her impressive service on the Citywide Parent Leadership Team, Daisy is an exceptional and dedicated parent leader. I congratulate Daisy on her appointment to the board and I look forward to working with her as we strive to give all New Haven kids a chance to rise and pursue their dreams,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries.
Gonzalez has a son in the seventh grade at East Rock Community Magnet School, where she serves as president of the Parent Teacher Organization. She also has a 17-year-old son at Gateway Community College, who previously attended East Rock School and graduated from Eli Whitney Technical High School. Gonzalez served as a volunteer on the School-Based Building Advisory Committee for the new East Rock School building that opened on the first day of school last month. Gonzalez is also an active member of the district’s Citywide Parent Leadership Team, an open group of parent leaders that aims to bring parents from schools throughout the district together to collectively tackle important issues and to work collaboratively to improve schools. Through her volunteer work at the school level, Gonzalez is a fixture at PTO meetings, report card night, orientation, field trips and other school events. She is active in her community as a member of the East Rock Community Management Team.
“I am honored and excited to join the Board of Education. One of the most important issues for me is finding ways to increase parent involvement in schools. The more we as parents get involved in our children’s education, the better they do in school and in life. I look forward to working with the board on parent engagement and other strategies for improving all of our schools,” said Gonzalez.
Mayor DeStefano also reappointed Board of Education President Dr. Carlos Torre and board member Che Dawson this week. Dr. Torre and Dawson have terms that expire on Sept. 15, 2017.
Members of the New Haven Board of Education serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor. The board currently has eight members, including the Mayor. Information on the existing board members can be found at Gonzalez fills the remainder of the term formerly held by Myra Jones-Taylor, who left the board in June after being tapped by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to oversee the state’s Office of Early Education. Gonzalez’s term expires on Sept. 15, 2014.