A Temple City resident since 9 years old and a former School Board member, Joan Vizcarra is not a new face to Temple City. With a Master’s degree in Psychology, Vizcarra has spent most of her life working with children and teens to utilize education as a primary means of betterment.
As a former Board member in 1989-2003, Vizcarra understands that it is important to be able to make decisions that are best for the students of the school district. With an experience of 14 years, Vizcarra is well versed in public education.
Both Vizcarra and her husband have attended Temple City schools as did their children. Her parents moved to Temple City and worked with their neighbors to incorporate Temple City into a city.
“I want to improve on the collaborative relationship that the district has with the City,” states Vizcarra. “We are such a small, community oriented City…we need to work together to give the maximum benefit to our residents.”
Many factors contribute to Vizcarra’s plans if elected for a position on the Board. Greatly affected by the murder of Deandre Netter who also died on her driveway, Vizcarra makes it her goal to have students learn in a safe environment.
“Students cannot learn if they are afraid or in fear of conflict,” says Vizcarra. “My goal for running for School Board is to ensure that students have the best possible learning environment.”
Vizcarra possesses qualities of making quality decisions and always pondering alternatives by discussing it with fellow decision-makers. There are many factors that influence a voter’s decision, but one quality that stands out in Vizcarra’s case is her concern over the well-being of children.
Many people may say or believe one thing, and act another, but Vizcarra does not fall under this stereotype. Having returned to college to receive her Master’s degree in Psychology about ten years ago, Vizcarra lives by her motto.
“I have said that I want to provide opportunities for life-long learning,” states Vizcarra, “And as you can see, I practice that also.”
This article was written by Margaret Thi. It was published in the Temple City Voice on October 10, 2007.