Taking Politics Out of the Classroom
Why I Am Running
Hi, Santa Barbara County! I'm running because I can no longer stand by and watch our schools fail.
The current results are unacceptable. Over half of the 67,470 Santa Barbara County students are performing below California state achievement levels. Tens of thousands of students have needlessly fallen behind. Countless families are disempowered, frustrated, and without hope.
Parents, teachers, and the community deserve transparency, accountability, and a voice at the table. It is time to reject partisanship and refocus on educational outcomes.
Join me in building a solid and diverse educational foundation for every student, a life-long love of learning, and a well of meaningful knowledge to sustain and draw from for the rest of their lives.
Together, we can refocus our county school leadership back on the right track!
Teaching in Santa Barbara has been Christy’s passion, love, and career for the last 18 years. During her tenure she has been a Physical Education teacher, Leadership teacher, Department Chair, Union Representative, Teacher-In-Charge, Head Coach of the Girls Soccer Program, a trained LCI Bicycle Instructor, and advocate for our youth.
She has taught 9 years at the High School level (Dos Pueblos and San Marcos), 4 years at the Junior High level (La Cumbre and Santa Barbara Junior High), and 6 years at the Elementary level (McKinley and Cleveland). She has taught all grade levels and especially loves teaching Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a Master's Degree in Art with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Services Credential from Cal Lutheran University. She loves seeing students learn - it is her passion.
As a mother of a teenage daughter, Christy knows that relationships are the foundation to making profound and lasting positive change within our society.
Christy is also a United States Air Force Veteran and proudly served our country in wartime during the events of 9/11 where she served domestically at LAX and overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of a Medical Evacuation Squadron.
Each child is precious.
Each child has a unique mix of talents and aspirations.
Parents and teachers must work together to create schools where the joy of discovery is never lost. If they do this, the children in their care eventually will develop, mentally and physically, into young people with the tools to confidently begin the journey to adult life.
Despite the State of California continuously reducing what it expects of students in literacy, math, and science, more than half of the students in Santa Barbara County schools fail to meet even those low standards.
Along with this failure to teach basic academic skills, the school districts provide abundant material on sexuality and political activism. It encourages teachers to bring this material into every lesson, at every grade level. What’s more, it hides this troubling material from parents on a password-protected website.
The county schools budgets total over a billion dollars. You won’t easily discover the county’s own budget or vendors on the county board of education's website. Why are spending priorities on the education of our children being hidden from us?
Christy Lozano has eighteen years of experience as a teacher in Santa Barbara County schools, teaching every grade from elementary to high school. She knows that a bond of trust between parents, teachers, and students is the foundation of every good school. That trust is built on open communication, agreement on goals, and agreement on how to reach those goals.
No more hiding the curriculum from parents. Everything taught in the classroom will be accessible to every parent, anytime.
Teaching methods will be judged by outcomes. Schools that are leading the way, like Santa Barbara’s Franklin School, will be models. Failing schools, like the County Board of Education’s own school, will be restructured for success. Return money back to the classroom, where it can do the most good. Expand educational opportunities in the arts, music, sports, STEM, etc. Because of some of the longest COVID school closures in the nation, we have a lot of ground to make up.
Schools must be safe for students, teachers, and staff. No more defining down or ignoring violence. Christy will bring both restorative methods and, when necessary, law enforcement to make all our schools safe and secure.
Keep political activism off campus. Teachers will no longer be asked to bring sexuality and politics into their daily lessons. Christy will focus on the traditional academic skills that will help students succeed in life.
Christy knows that leadership means, first, listening—to parents, teachers, staff, and the whole community. She will work tirelessly to make sure that our schools serve the students’ best interests. She will help bring parents and teachers together on one of the most important jobs we have—making sure that the children who are our future, will, by the end of their schooling, have the knowledge and the character to be productive citizens and leaders.