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MILPITAS - Chris Norwood readily admits he is guided by past adventures, including as Clerk for the MUSD Board of Education.
“In my opinion, the sign of a great community is based upon the engagement of its residents,” he said. “I am a long-time Milpitas resident and have witnessed its evolution first hand.”
Chris may be in his third year of his first term on the Board, but his commitment to Milpitas community and school-based activities began a long time ago. He was a Cub Scout, member of the Milpitas Citizens Preparedness Action Committee, and played Milpitas Police Activity League (PAL) football, Milpitas High School basketball, and badminton. After graduating from high school and West Valley College, Chris became the assistant Milpitas High School varsity basketball coach under Coach Steve Cain.
“As a person, my wife, kids, and family (dad deceased) are my everyday inspiration,” he added. “I am a big Christian kid at heart who has some intense moments, loves to learn, enjoys great food and rich cultural experiences.”
In his journey, Board Member Chris said “it has been an amazing eye-opening experience to have the opportunity to be a part Milpitas education system.”
"I’ve witnessed first hand how MUSD prides itself in serving all children,” he added. “We are constantly learning. We are a well rounded, tolerant, and incredibly diverse school district. We foster an environment of opportunity for all. We produce IVY league, UC, CSU and Junior College students. We produce college athletes, artists, musicians, technology professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and elected officials.”
When asked of some of his greatest pleasures in serving on the Board, Chris shared attending the Milpitas High School graduation as a board member and shaking hands with the graduates is always a “surreal” experience. He also thrives from continuing to learn more about the teachers in the classrooms, administrators, and the leaders working hard behind the scenes. Chris believes in the pursuit of happiness for employees, parents, children, and city residents alike.
“I look forward to the Board continuing its growth and supporting the school district team, parents and most importantly, students,” Chris said. “The Board of Education is a reflection of the city and we have (or had) children in our school system. We play to each others strengths, appreciate, respect and genuinely care about each other. We see how the world is changing around us - technologically, politically and economically. We think deeply about our parents and their children."