APANO, an Oregon statewide Asian and Pacific Islander advocacy organization, is pleased to announce our endorsement for Karen Pérez-Da Silva for Beaverton School Board member of Zone 2 in the upcoming school board election.
“Beaverton School District consists of 52 schools total; including 34 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 6 high schools. Currently, the percentage of students of color in this district is 53.9%–the largest student group of color is Hispanic/Latino(a) followed by Asian American.
After serving as a kindergarten teacher and a teacher on Special Assignment within the Human Resources Department and in the Multicultural Department for over 16 years, Karen Pérez-Da Silva has become a prominent member and leader of the Beaverton School District. She has made her presence known by advocating for Measure 98, Tribal History Shared History, Ethnic Studies, Diversifying the Workforce, LGBTQ+ Student Funding, Social Emotional Learning supports for students, for the All Students Belong rule, and other initiatives. The years Karen has spent as both a leader and educator in her community exemplify her great potential as a school board member in Beaverton. Her advocacy as a woman of color in her community is both significant and beneficial to all students, and primarily to students of color. When elected, Pérez-Da Silva’s impact on the 52 schools in the Beaverton School District will leave a lasting impression of equity and support for BIPOC and marginalized students,” writes Sophia Vicencio, Political Organizer at APANO.