Board of Education

 

Board of Education

 

 
 
Photo of Board Member Kay Kinsler.
President
 
 
 
Kay Kinsler began her term on the Board of Education in 2011 after a lengthy volunteer career with Arcadia Unified schools. She has served in executive board roles, including president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at the elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as president of Arcadia Council PTA and Foothills Middle School Music Club. Kay grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and moved to Arcadia for the schools. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and worked in manufacturing management before retiring to raise her children. An advocate for public education, Kay believes in the importance of, and responsibility to provide, quality public education for individual and societal well-being.
 
Photo of Board Member Leigh Chavez.
Vice President
 
 
Leigh Chavez began her term on the Arcadia Unified Board of Education in 2017. Upon moving to Arcadia with her family in 2000 for its renowned school district, Leigh has been an active school and community volunteer. In her almost 20 years in Arcadia, she has served in many Parent-Teacher Association executive board positions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as on Council PTA. Leigh is a former president of the Arcadia High School Music Club and a member of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measure A in 2013-14. Upon graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Leigh worked in hotel management and human resources before making the decision to stay home with her sons, both of whom are Arcadia graduates. One is a recent Harvard graduate, while the other is currently studying at Princeton. A strong advocate for public education, Leigh believes that the vitality of AUSD directly impacts our community and families.
 
 
Photo of Board President Fenton Eng.
Clerk
 
 
Fenton Eng began his term on the Board of Education in 2013. He and his wife have been residents of Arcadia for over a decade, and both of their two children attended Arcadia Unified schools. Committed to the growth and advancement of youth, Fenton has been an active parent volunteer at all levels, from elementary school through high school, serving in leadership roles with the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), including being president of the Arcadia High School PTA, the Arcadia National Little League, Boy Scouts, the San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, the How Can We Help Foundation, and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. After working in advertising and founding and operating his own agency for many years, Fenton now works as a consultant for small businesses and operates a Kung Fu school in Arcadia.
 
Raymond Cheung being sworn in.
Member
 
Raymond Cheung began his term on the Arcadia Unified Board of Education in 2020. He is a long-time resident of the city and attended Arcadia schools from Kindergarten through Arcadia High School graduation. He and his wife have two children in the district and have enjoyed volunteering in the classroom and with the Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA). A strong believer in community service, Raymond has served on the Hugo Reid School Site Council, the Arcadia Recreation and Parks Commission, and as a coach for the Arcadia American Little League and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 2. He is a graduate of UCLA and a former Marine and currently works as a public safety manager for a municipal fire department. Raymond enthusiastically supports public education and believes it can be a transformative force for good in the community and the world at large.
  
 
Shirley Yee
Member
 
 
 
Shirley Yee began her term on the Board of Education in 2020. She and her husband are parents of two current Arcadia High School students and have been Arcadia residents and involved in Arcadia Schools for over 10 years. After moving to Arcadia from San Francisco for the Arcadia schools, Shirley became an active volunteer serving on PTA Executive Boards, including President at the Elementary and Middle school levels, and most recently served as an Executive Board Member for Arcadia Council PTA. Shirley is an advocate for Public Education because she believes that it will have a profound impact on the lives of all our youth. She understands that the greatest influence we can have on our youth is to collaborate and to stay involved in our public schools and local community. This has guided her to other volunteer roles, such as being a member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure A from 2018-2020, Arcadia High School Athletic Boosters Board, Music Club, a local Creative Arts Board, and Girl Scouts. In addition to her volunteer work, Shirley currently works in the Private Equity/Commercial Real Estate sector. 
 
 
 
In addition to being active in our community and longtime PTA members, each Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education Trustee is a graduate of the California School Board Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program. The five-course program equips board members “with the knowledge and skills to build and support an effective governance structure.” The five courses are “Foundations of Effective Governance,” “Policy and Judicial Review,” “School Finance,” “Human Resources,” and “Community Relations and Advocacy.” For more information on CSBA’s Masters in Governance program, you can visit this link.