Educational Advocate for Students & Parents
Dr. Nancy Huante-Tzinztun is passionate about empowering parents to be educational advocates for their students.
I first met Nancy at our Education Committee meetings with the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition. She was the co-lead and helped us discuss many educational concerns. Over several meetings, our group of parents, students, educators, and community members were able to advocate for a 10% increase in A-G graduation rates for our school district. We were successful in seeing our request become a written specified Local Control Accountability Plan goal! It was a great feeling to be a part of the process from beginning to end.
Dr. Huante-Tzinztun studied at California State University, Sacramento where she received her BA in Ethnic Studies then California State University, San Diego earning her Master’s in Chicana and Chicano Studies. In 2016, she earned her doctorate in Education from the University of Utah.
She is now a College Professor in the Ethnic Studies department at California State University, Sacramento. They are certainly lucky to have her and her wealth of knowledge and experience!
In Stockton, Nancy leads the South Stockton School Initiative’s Parent Ambassador Program and Parent Council which coordinates monthly workshops for parents in English and Spanish. Parents are welcome to join the new series of workshops starting now! The workshops will help you understand how policies affect our students and ways we can advocate for change.
Follow the South Stockton Schools Initiative for meeting updates. You can join the first workshop either on Oct. 16 or 17 at 6:30 PM where we meet at the Huddle at 110 N San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95202.
This series is great for parents who are new to getting involved. Nancy’s series of workshops will take you step by step understanding our student data and outcomes, the Local Control Accountability Plan and funding, and how state and federal policies affect our students. You’ll walk away with a foundation of knowledge to begin advocating for our youth!
At most meetings you are likely to see Nancy’s young daughter with her. I really appreciate how Nancy is a good example of balancing family and community involvement.
How does she find this balance? A supportive network and kid-friendly spaces are keys! Mothers may want to participate in activities but often the biggest hurdle is child care. Who is able to watch the kids while we’re gone or can we bring the kids with us? Parent meetings commonly do provide a space for children. If not, suggest it to your group because this will likely increase participation.
Another important step Nancy explains is that she talks with her daughter about where they are going and what is going to happen when they get there. This way she can understand how to behave at meetings. This is really a life lesson we can all use! In order to expect our youth to carry on civic responsibilities and attend meetings, they have to learn how. Learning by example is ideal.
Nancy also brings along a backpack with activities to keep her daughter busy as well as the phone with YouTube as a last resort. Preparation is another important key!
Do you attend meetings that discuss our children’s education? Do you attend with your children or on your own? I’d like to hear how you do it. Share in the comments!