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Coronado Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board MemberFull Term

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Helen E. Anderson-Cruz

3,189 votes (28.51%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue the District's academic excellence to ensure that every student actualizes his/her full potential
  • Transparency, access and open communication between the Board and the community of parents, teachers and administrators.
  • Fiscal responsibility and accountability; maintain a balanced budget



Lecturer, San Diego State University, Department of Rhetoric and Writing (2006–2016)


University of Southern California Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Language, Literacy and Learning (1997)

Community Activities

Member, Phi Delta Kappa, USC Chapter; USC Alumni Association; PEO International (1995–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Laura Clapper, Former CUSD Board of Trustees
  • Kathy Vienna, Former President CUSD Board of Trustees
  • Kristina Cook, CUSD Board of Trustees

Elected Officials (2)

  • Casey Tanaka, Mayor City of Coronado
  • Carrie Downey, Coronado City Council

Individuals (1)

  • Lou Smith CUSD Board of Trustees

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools. What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Helen E. Anderson-Cruz:

State and federal funding of schools is always a challenge. The changes to the way the state allocates funding to schools underscores the need for fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. A balanced budget ensures that CUSD will be able to continue offering state-of-the art instructional programs to students, and competitive salaries to all District employees. I understand how California schools are funded and I am a proponent of fiscal responsibility.

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Diego (1)

What is the most significant challenge facing the Coronado Unified School District, and if you are elected, what steps will you take to address it?
Answer from Helen E. Anderson-Cruz:

The budget is consistently the most significant issue facing the School Board. Ultimately, it determines all expenditures. Therefore, it is imperative for a CUSD School Board member to understand the funding process, and the need for a District budget that allocates funds appropriately without overspending. I understand the school funding process and the importance of a balanced budget.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers



The paper explains my purpose and qualifications for my candidacy for the 4 year position on the Coronado School Board of Trustees.

I am running for the CUSD Board of Trustees because I have extensive knowledge and experience in education and I’d like to put that to use by serving as a member on the CUSD Board of Trustees.  My professional experience includes teaching Language Arts courses in K-12 and developing and teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at the university level.

I completed my doctorate at the University of Southern California in 1997 and subsequent to graduation I was the only member of my doctoral cohort invited to join the USC faculty. While at USC I developed and taught graduate courses in the doctoral and Master of Science programs. After I retired, I was invited to teach Rhetoric and Writing at SDSU.

While I was teaching in the Graduate School at the University of Southern California, I was invited to serve on a Blue Ribbon Language Arts Panel by the California Department of Education to write the California Language Arts Standards for teachers and students. I was also invited to serve on a California accreditation team for WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  As a panel member I reviewed California college and university programs for accreditation purposes. There was a great deal of information that needed to be read and reviewed, and I did that for quite a few years.

I began my K-12 teaching career as a Clinical Reading Specialist, and a special education teacher. Although I also taught a significant number of college prep, gifted and talented, and Advanced Placement courses, I continued teaching special needs students throughout my career. While teaching, I developed and implemented instruction that met the specific needs of individual learners. I was also selected to serve as a Mentor Teacher and an AVID Coordinator during my 20 years as a secondary teacher.

I have actively participated in a variety of CUSD activities. I have served on the District Strategic Planning Committee, the senior prom committee, the after-prom committee and have been a Room Mom. I have also been a volunteer for CSF Silent Auctions setting up displays and soliciting auction items from local merchants.

My daughter, Devon McIntyre Roberts, attended Village Elementary, CMS and is a member of CHS class of 1999, so I bring both a parental perspective and a professional educator’s perspective of our school district. I am delighted to share that my daughter was very well prepared by CUSD teachers for her undergraduate studies at UCLA (class of 2003). Devon received excellent instruction from exceptional teachers and I appreciate them very much.  She is currently a first grade teacher at Village Elementary. 

My community service and professional affiliations include being a member of a philanthropic educational association (P.E.O. International) where our mission is to provide college scholarships to women who would otherwise not have access to higher education.  I am also a member of the USC Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Kappa International organization, which is focused on growing and connecting leaders in education.

 I have been a Coronado resident for 28 years and currently reside in the Coronado Cays. My candidacy is endorsed by civic leaders, business professionals, educators, and present and past CUSD School Board Members. I am asking my Coronado neighbors to vote for me on November 8.  I am passionate about education. It is my life’s work. If elected to the Coronado School District Board of Trustee, I am committed to ensuring that all students actualize their full academic potential. I am a consensus builder with a healthy dose of common sense. I believe in fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget. I am focused and intelligent and have a solid work ethic. I am collegial and I get along well with others. If elected to the CUSD Board of Trustee I will work tirelessly to serve the community.




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