Lisa Pearson for NMUSD Area 4

One question before voters shortly will be who will take Karen Yelsey’s place on the NMUSD School Board Area 4. Over her tenure on the board, Karen has been an engaged, dedicated and fearless leader for our schools and our community. We need to elect a person who, like Karen, will put the welfare and educational needs of the students above all else.

I believe that the perfect person to fill this seat is Lisa Pearson. I became friends with Lisa when our kids were in school together at Corona del Mar High School. Lisa and I served on the PTA together, and I saw firsthand how effective a leader Lisa is.

Lisa has the credentials and the experience to step into the role as a trustee with a dual master’s degree in education and school administration, as well as many years of hands-on experience as a teacher and volunteer in our local schools. But more importantly, Lisa is the perfect candidate. She will be a voice of reason and logic on the school board. She will use her background and education to improve upon our district’s educational excellence. Lisa will work to ensure each child has access to the best possible resources and educational programs offered.

As our school community emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Lisa knows that her immediate focus as a trustee will be to address the mental health issues and educational setbacks students have had to endure during that difficult time. I am confident she has the correct temperament and grasp of the situation to ensure a robust recovery for our school district and children.

I’m concerned about the candidates running against Lisa because their rhetoric is to paint the narrative that the school board was harming our children during the uncharted period of the pandemic. Our school board worked tirelessly to reopen our schools safely and earlier than most other districts in Orange County. We cannot continue accepting these false narratives when our children have already lost so much.

Lisa knows her job will be to ensure each and every child in our district receives the opportunity to live and learn in an environment without fear or intimidation and in an environment that allows children to strive, succeed and be happy.

Sue Ellen O’Connor
Newport Beach