Hi! I’m Thuy (Twee) DaoJensen and I’m running for School Board in Brentwood, CA.

At the age of four, I was a boat refugee and escaped with my family from Vietnam. We were rescued by an American naval ship in the Pacific Ocean which took us to a refugee camp before resettling us in the United States.

I learned to speak English in an American public school. It's because of the public school system that I learned to speak English. The core principle that all children should have access to quality public education and educational opportunities, regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or immigration status, is so important to maintaining our shared values in American democracy. I excelled in school and later obtained a doctorate in education. Before moving back to California, I was a professor of education at a mid-western university where I taught diversity and equity courses, preparing future teachers to work with students from racially and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

I’m running for School Board because Brentwood needs a strong advocate for public education. While  researching Brentwood schools, I was stunned and dismayed to learn that a few years ago, during the Recession, Brentwood’s Board of Education had shortsightedly voted to get rid of certified teachers in art for K-3 students, leaving the schools to request parent volunteers to act as art docents. As a former education professor, I know the educational research states unequivocally that the creative arts are crucial in cultivating creative thinking as well as developing cognitive abilities and the emotional well-being for all children. Once elected to the Board of Education, I will work diligently to ensure that Brentwood students have certified teachers instead of volunteers in the classroom.

As a concerned parent with two children in Brentwood public schools, I have been attending Brentwood School Board meetings. While the School Board members are well intentioned, it is clear they have limited experience in the modern education system and lack an in-depth understanding of the way public education works. Within the past year, I’ve strived to familiarize myself on advocacy for special education students through SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Committee) meetings. In addition, I am a PTA officer and recently attended the annual California PTA Legislation Conference in Sacramento to lobby state legislators to increase public school funding. As a former teacher and professor of education, I have the educational expertise required to serve as a Brentwood School Board trustee to make the critical budget decisions that promote equitable funding that will benefit Brentwood students for years to come. Thank you in advance for your support!

*If you prefer to send a check: Friends of Thuy DaoJensen, P.O. Box 521, Brentwood, CA  94513


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    “I have known Thuy for about 16 years now. She is an exceptional educator who cares deeply about the lives of children in schools. She is a close personal friend of our family and she means a lot to us. Some of you may have met her at the wedding she is really unforgettable.”

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    “She is the most qualified candidate with the most amazing ideas for public education!”

March 6, 2018

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    “I have known Thuy for about 16 years now. She is an exceptional educator who cares deeply about the lives of children in schools. She is a close personal friend of our family and she means a lot to us. Some of you may have met her at the wedding she is really unforgettable.”

  • endorsed

    “She is the most qualified candidate with the most amazing ideas for public education!”