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South Pasadena Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Zahir Robb

School Administrator
6,016 votes (24.56%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring a high quality education for all students, narrowing the achievement gap and ensuring transparent and efficient budgeting practices.
  • Building a collaborative and aligned relationship between the city government and local schools.
  • Engaging the entire community to ensure all stakeholders are heard and that we fully leverage the vast amount of human capital within our schools.

Experience

Experience

Profession:School Administrator
Director of Admissions, New Roads School (2017–current)
Vice Chair, Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2018–current)
Central Committee Member (Vice Chair AD41), Los Angeles County Democratic Party — Elected position (2012–current)
Democratic State Central Committee Member, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2013–current)
Head of School, STAR Prep Academy (2004–2016)

Education

Vanderbilt Fellowship, Independent School Leadership (2016)
CSUN MA, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (2011)
CSUN Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, School Administration (2011)
SDSU BA, History (2001)

Community Activities

Board Member, Division Coach, Referee, AYSO Region 214 (2011–current)
Block Captain, Neighborhood Watch (2015–current)
Member, DUDES - Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service (2012–current)
Trained Member, CERT Community Emergency Response Team (2015–current)
Coach, Adventure Guides/Trailblazers Leader, YMCA (2013–current)

Biography

Over the years I have worked as a classroom teacher, college counselor, and school principal, working with students from K-12. For the last eleven years, I have traveled to schools across California as an Accrediting Team member for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. While I currently work as a school administrator, I started working with youth as far back as my years at SPHS, where I enrolled in the Childcare ROP program, coached youth basketball and was a camp counselor. I was an after-school educator throughout college before going on to earn my teaching credential, my administrative credential and my master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Later, I was selected as a Summer Fellow in Independent School Leadership at Vanderbilt University, and completed coursework in College Counseling from the Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • California Democratic Party

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in collaborative and transparent leadership, working with a broad range of constituencies to achieve desired results.  As a school board member I will serve at the discretion of the voters who elected me to provide oversight and guidance for the superintendent, and ensure that the school board upholds its core values of Accountability, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Equity, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Respect, Service, Teamwork, and Transparency.

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