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Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation DistrictCandidate for Board of Directors, Zone 7

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Eric Thiel

Biology Teacher
12,877 votes (12.48%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Explore factors that may enhance existing flood control measures and may promote richer and more diverse ecosystems.
  • Explore ways in which Zone 7 may increase water availability from a variety of measures especially those that involve conservation
  • Promote a board perspective that wildlife is valued and that measures will be taken to protect watershed habitat whenever possible.



Profession:High School Advanced Placement Biology Teacher
Advanced Placement Biology Teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District (1985–current)
Advanced Placement Biology Teacher, UC Berkeley (2008–current)
Educational Technology Teacher, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (1987–2006)


CSUEB more info: (current)
CSUEB B.S./M.S., Biology/Educational Technology (2001)


BS in Biology – CSUEB
MS Educational Technology – CSUEB
Biology Instructor 7 Years Foothill High School – Pleasanton
AP Biology & Biology 24 Years Amador Valley High School – Pleasanton
Lawrence Livermore Lab Technology Instructor – Summers 1987 - 2006
UC Berkeley AP Biology Instructor – Summers 2008 – Present
Claes Nobel NSHSS Educator of the Year 2015
PTA Excellence In Education Award 2014
Bank of America Local Hero Award 2010
John Hopkins SDB Fellowship Award 2005
Radio Shack Technology Teacher of the Year Award 2002
National Semi Conductor Internet Innovator Award 2001
Pleasanton Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2001
CTAP Region IV Technology Teacher of the Year Award 1999
Levis Digital Connection Award Winner 1999
California Golden Bell Award Winner - Co Founder Project Creek Watch 1999

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • The Pleasanton Weekly News
  • The Independent Newspaper
  • Alameda County Democratic Committee

Elected Officials (3)

  • Cheryl Cook-Kallio: Former Pleasanton City COuncil Member - Candidate for District 16
  • Joan Laursen
  • Valerie Arkin

Individuals (1)

  • Jill Buck - "Go Green Organization"

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Teaching Biology has been my passion. I look forward to going to school everyday so that I might ignite a similar passion for the subject in my students. While enabling my students to better understand challenging biological concepts and preparing them for the demands that await them when entering college is my primary task, I firmly believe that I have a responsibility of using biological lessons to enhance awareness which will hopefully promote good decision making.  Maintaining balance is essential to the success of life at all levels. Anything that disrupts this balance will compromise the “health” of the level of life being explored. I believe that promoting this perspective increases my student’s ability to make good decisions about their own personal health as well as the health of their environment.

             I am deeply concerned about my student’s attitude toward their environment (both external as well as internal) and feel that it is vital that I present content in a way that will promote a sense of stewardship. I hope that when they leave my class they will have developed a sincere level of respect for the intricate and beautiful cycles that help to maintain balanced systems. I want them to realize that they can contribute to or interfere with this life sustaining balance and ultimately their own personal health as well as the health of others.    

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