Malinda Pauly has a 9th grader at BHS and a 6th grader at BIS. This year, she started the second year of her two-year term as BIS Site Director.
Why did you choose to live in Burlingame?
When our children were very young, we lived in a Bay Area town where the public schools aren’t very good. We weren’t interested in sending our children to private school and didn’t want to commute to school in another town. We wanted local public schools where we could build neighborhood friendships. Boy, did we hit the jackpot. Once our daughter began kindergarten, we got to know so many caring and friendly families. Walking to school everyday with my kids is my favorite way to start my day.
Why did you become involved with BCE?
About five years ago, I was asked to serve as the Roosevelt representative to the BCE board. I was happy to share that roll with a couple other Roosevelt parents, because I knew I would learn a lot more about how our whole district works together and I would meet parents from the other Burlingame schools. I joined the board again this year for two primary reasons: one, I really value the opportunity to participating in a district-wide endeavor and work with the brilliant parents that serve on the BCE board; and two, I feel strongly that we need to continue to strive for equal opportunity and access to a enriched education for all students at all of our schools. The best way to ensure that equity is for our district to have the most possible funds to support each school equitably.
What makes BIS special?
BIS is a special place because of the kids, families, teachers and staff. People feel that they have a voice, can dream up big projects, be supported when they need it, see the learning and excitement first hand, and see their friendly neighbors walking to school every morning.
What three words do your children use to describe you?
Compassionate, considerate, hardworking.