Carol Souza Cole took office on December 8, 2014 to represent Yolo County’s Trustee Area 5 District. This district includes a portion of Woodland, the north county communities of Yolo, Knights Landing, Zamora, and the western Capay Valley communities of Esparto, Brooks, Guinda, Rumsey, and the rural parts surrounding these areas.
Prior to her service on the Yolo County Board of Education, Carol served from 2003 to 2012 as a member of the Woodland Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees, serving three years as president. School board accomplishments during those years include: the opening of Pioneer High School, adoption of an English Learner Master Plan resulting in a 100-fold increase in the number of students demonstrating English proficiency; high school graduation rate increasing by over 10%; the number of student expulsions cut in half; the creation of the district’s Algebra Academy, and the preservation of the district’s music and adult education programs - despite a $19 million reduction in state funding during the years of the economic downturn. District facilities saw improvements during her tenure that included the construction of 2 new elementary school multipurpose rooms; a second gymnasium and remodeled student commons area at Woodland High School; the construction of a career technical education building at Pioneer High School; and the permanent re-location of the school district administrative offices to downtown Woodland.
Carol has a lengthy history of civic and charitable work and was honored in 2004 with the Woodland City Council Community Service Award, and in 2008 with the Yolo Family Resource Center Champion for Children award. She currently serves on the boards of directors for Yolo County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Sunrise Rotary Community Foundation, and the Woodland League of Women Voters. She has chaired the City of Woodland Parks & Recreation, and Child Care Commissions and is a past president and charter member of the Woodland Recreation Foundation.
Carol graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a former agricultural biologist and teacher, and is employed as a nonprofit consultant.
Carol and her husband Glenn live in Woodland and have two grown children.
Bill Owens is a community leader whose public service and professional practice is dedicated to helping communities and local, state and federal agencies create educationally supportive, healthy, safe and sustainable schools. He has served as a Yolo County Board of Education Trustee since 2010, and is also a Delegate to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, and a member of the board of directors of California County Boards of Education. Previously, Bill was a member of the Board of Trustees of Explorit Science Center for sixteen years, serving six years as President. He has mentored public school students to help them resolve conflicts peacefully; and has served as Principal for a Day at low-income elementary schools. Bill’s professional practice as a mediator, advisor and attorney has included advising the California Department of Education, school districts and community colleges concerning the environmental, educational, financial and community development aspects of school facilities planning and development. In his position as Trustee, Bill brings to bear his expertise in collaborative decision-making and mutual gains negotiation, in service to education in Yolo County. He resides in Davis with his wife and two daughters.
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Matt Taylor is the proud father of his three elementary school-aged children, who all attend schools in Yolo County. Matt is the Director of Research at an education non-profit in Sacramento where he conducts research and evaluation in the areas of assessment, accountability and school performance. Matt has also worked for several years at the California Department of Education, where he oversaw a large team of educational experts who calculated and reported various state and federal and alternative accountability systems. He managed the development of the School Accountability Report Cards, the School Quality Snapshots, and assisted with efforts to redesign the state's new accountability framework utilizing common core test results. Matt also spent several years working on the California High School Exit Exam, ensuring timely and reliable administrations of this statewide exam, reviewing validity and reliability, as well as reporting results of this exam. He has also worked in the special education division at the California Department of Education investigating allegations by parents and students that students with disabilities were not receiving appropriate educational services. As a Deputy Inspector General, Matt was a peace officer who conducted program evaluations into effective and efficient operations of California’s prison. In this role, Matt also oversaw criminal and internal investigations into alleged wrongdoing of correctional officers and employees of the department of corrections. Matt also worked at the California State Auditor, ensuring efficient and effective administration of state programs and reviewing state operations at dozens of public agencies. In this role, Matt spent thousands of hours reviewing California expenditures of federal grant funds, reviewing spending and contracting practices as well as ensuring compliance with federal law and regulations. Matt earned his Master's Degree in Public Policy with a focus in American politics and Economics from Pepperdine University. Matt resides in West Sacramento with his wife and three kids.
Shelton Yip has served the children and the community for thirty-nine years as an educator. His first twenty-seven years were in the Dixon Unified School District where he served as a teacher, counselor, principal and director of programs. For ten years he had the pleasure of working for the children and community of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) as the Administrator of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). SCUSD is a large urban district serving 47,000 students where he was involved in ensuring a continuum of services for students with disabilities. Currently he has been provided the opportunity to serve in the role as Director of the Napa County SELPA to meet the needs of children and the community in the Napa Valley.