The Rialto DAAPAC is formed of parents, RUSD staff, and members of the community interested in educating, empowering, and engaging the African American population in activities supporting their goals, and reaching their full potential as collaborative associates of the Rialto Unified School District.
My name is Brenda Parker, and I am the proud President of the Rialto Unified School District African American Parent Advisory Council (DAAPAC). I have lived in the City of Rialto for over 25 years. My service in the city extends to serving as Human Relations Commissioner, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, and Veteran advocate. I have served as a parent and student advocate in the Rialto Unified School District for over 14 years. I have advocated by way of PTA President, School Site Council President, Community member interview panelist and more. I am excited for the Rialto Unified School District as we are working our way to a better education and support system for all of our African American students and parents. I love and am very passionate about Educating, Empowering and Engaging our African American Parents to a better understanding of the educational system within the RUSD. DAAPAC is here to serve and I am excited to be of service.
As a 15-year resident of the Inland Empire City of Rialto, I joyfully continue to contribute and maintain a safe, high level of respect and moral standards within the community. Also being a parent of two students in the Rialto Unified School District, I’m currently active in groups such as DAAPAC, School Site Council, Parent Summit, Equity Council and Safety Committee to mention a few. This service has given me tremendous opportunity to work hand in hand with teams who bring enriched resources and group awareness valuable to all cultures. As we stride moving in our efforts, I stand devoted encompassing compassion and commitment.
My name is Leslie Evans and I have lived in Rialto 4 1/2 years. I am a Los Angeles native. I have one student in Rialto Unified School District who’s in 9th Grade at Carter High School. I currently am a Social Worker who’s professional, driven and responsive. I am an advocate for others in the community for those individuals who may not have a voice. My vision is to continue to provide services through social justice, equity and equality within the black community.
La Reina Whatley
La Reina is a single mother who quit her full time job to invest her time in making sure her daughter was fully supported and that she was abreast of how to provide support. While studying for the CBEST to become a Substitute Teacher in order to be more accessible for her daughter,
La Reina intentionally became a member of the School Site Council as well as the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) at Carter High School where her daughter attends. As a dedicated volunteer, she was nominated the position of AAPAC Secretary, which she held for two years while acting President for one year. During her involvement with AAPAC, she learned of the District African American Parent Advisory Council (DAAPAC) and she began attending those meetings as well. Recently,
La Reina was elected DAAPAC Parliamentarian, and she continues to be one of the active voices for African American students at her site. Simultaneously, she is an entrepreneur who is building her God-given vision of dance and fitness to enhance the mind, body and soul of women and children, Divine Energy Dance & Fitness. La Reina also holds a leadership position in the dance ministry at her church, Cathedral of Praise International Ministries, and she enjoys working with others to cultivate, enrich, and preserve African American culture.
I have been a stake holder within the city of Rialto for over 30 years as a parent, Rialto Unified School District Employee and community member. I am honored to take on the position as the DAAPAC Historian.
I am Teresa Brown, a passionate educator for 34 years, with 30 years serving the students and families of the Rialto Unified School District as a teacher, instructional coach and administrator. Currently, I serve in the position of Agent (Director) of Induction and Teacher Support, and I provide a job-embedded program of mentoring support and professional development to new teachers with the purpose of assisting their professional growth as educators, which culminates with earning their Clear Teaching Credential. I am also passionate about empowering all parents and families as partners in the educational process. Thus, for the past 3 years I have facilitated the Rialto District African American Parent Advisory Council (DAAPAC), with the support of our Board of Education, Superintendent, District staff and most importantly the parents of African American students in Rialto. Working with the parents of DAAPAC has been very rewarding. To see the growth in the Council members, which is led by a governing board of DAAPAC officers, as they work on behalf of the best interests of their children is very fulfilling.
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