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Stockton Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 4

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Gabriel Casillas

Administrator / Youth Minister
3,045 votes (30.41%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing greater resources and solutions for "failing", "troubled", and chronically absent students.
  • Life, college, and technical career readiness for all students.
  • Reunifying the Board of Trustees. Ensuring the Board works together placing students needs first.

Experience

Biography

My name is Gabriel Casillas and I am a Stockton native, a husband, a parish administrator, a youth minister, and a firm believer in serving others with zeal and compassion.

 

Being the eldest of three, raised by a single mother in a "lower" class neighborhood, I intimately learned the many challenges that a student from a single parent and a single income household faces. I was fortunate enough to break free from the many negative influences that surrounded me because of my Mother's strength and through my strong faith in God and the lessons learned through it.

 

I am a Stockton native with deep family, community, and faith roots. My late Grandmother, Susan Casillas, was a community leader and was the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award, and a Mexican American hall of fame inductee for her many works in the community. Her example of working diligently for others continues to inspire me today. My living Grandmother, Helen Aguirre, who lost two children in her lifetime and once divorced, taught me that faith in God and always doing the right thing can, and will, push you forward in life. 

 

Taking the many lessons learned through my family and my faith, I have had the privilege of leading my community for the past 3 years as a Parish Administrator and working directly with our youth, alongside my Wife, as a Youth Minister and Religious Educator. 

 

I am also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Through the different organizations I am involved with, I take part in feeding the homeless, providing resources to families in need, supporting many other non-profits including The Children’s Home of Stockton, Parents by Choice, The Woman’s Shelter, The Special Olympics, Disaster Relief, and many more.

 

I truly believe in serving others before myself, and I only wish to help serve the future of our society- our students.

 

Through my own upbringing and my work with students, struggling families and the homeless, I have seen the many challenges that society faces today. Our students are the cornerstone of the community and we must do whatever it takes to help our youth move forward and beyond the many negative situations they find themselves in. We cannot allow students to fail and we must address every challenge that stands in their way of success.

 

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe our public educational institutions are the cornerstones of our society and have the ability to truly mold the future of our communities. I am running for SUSD Trustee Area 4 because I believe we must do better to prepare and protect our youth from the many challenges and negative influences of our current society. It is no mystery that many students, today, face various difficulties and challenges outside of the classroom that can affect their behavior and success in school. Whether these hurdles include living within a broken environment, lack of basic resources, mental illness such as anxiety or depression, or outside influences that promote criminal and destructive behavior, we must address these obstacles with intensity and compassion. I believe our educational institutions should think beyond the academic, and prepare our students to be ethical, free thinking, happy, and healthy individuals. We cannot allow our students that are labeled "troubled" or "bad" to be left behind, instead we must provide outlets and resources to help all students who are struggling. Our goal for our students should go beyond preparing them for college, but also to prepare them to be successful in all aspects of life.

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