Letter of Support
For Janet Sarai Llerandi Gonzalez
By Dr. Kendra Coates
I am writing this letter to express my sincere support for Janet Sarai Llerandi Gonzalez, candidate for the Bend-La Pine School Board.
I support Janet because she is empathetic, transparent, and authentic.
I support Janet because she deeply cares about the concerns, issues, and experiences of children and families who have been historically marginalized and continue to experience the adverse impact of historical marginalization.
I support Janet because she listens, asks questions, and exercises curiosity and critical thinking. I support Janet because she exercises courage and raises her own voice while raising up the voices of others. I support Janet because she translates her values into meaningful action
I support Janet because she is a life-longer learner, actively engaged in continuous learning, unlearning, and relearning.
I support Janet because she has experience in disrupting the status quo and creating meaningful change across all levels of healing, change, and transformation.
I support Janet because she understands how important it is to nurture and cultivate the psychological, social and emotional health, healing, and well-being of children, families, and educators that begins with creating conditions for thriving.
I support Janet because she grows relationships centered on empathy, trust, shared values and goals, courage, curiosity, vulnerability and authenticity.
I support Janet because she is a dedicated, passionate, and compassionate community leader, advocate, and activist for racial and social justice and equity.
I support Janet because she believes we can transform our education system into a leading, teaching, and learning system that centers our humanity.
Janet Sarai Llerandi Gonzalez is exactly the kind of a deeply committed leader we need on the Bend LaPine School Board.
She is a passionate community organizer, impactful non-profit leader, and devoted Latina mother of two. Through her work with Better Together and as the founder of Mecca Bend, Janet has helped to eliminate barriers for those outside the dominant culture.
Janet will be a fierce advocate for all students, but particularly for the youth of color and LGBTQ2S+ students in our school system.
~ Amanda Stuermer, The World Muse, Founder
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