Hon Lien proudly describes her four-year appointment in late December as that of a “selfless public servant” for the Board of Education.
“I have served as a trustee of Lincoln Law School for over seven years,” she explains. “I understand that the Board’s involvement and decisions greatly affect the success of a school.”
Because Hon knows first-hand her role has the opportunity to directly impact the work of MUSD teachers, principals, and, ultimately, students, she shares the need to approach her work through multiple perspectives. Meaning she not only taps into her experience as a trustee, but that of a mom and active community member.
“Having four children grow up and attend school at different levels helps me see the needs for our children and guides me to serve as a Board member,” she said. “I also served as President of Milpitas Rotary Club. That led to my decision to serve on the Board of Education, where I can help with education and training for our younger generation to cope with the rapid changes in science, technology, and other fields.”
Hon has many goals in mind for her time on the Board. She hopes to help prepare students for advancement in society and careers, noting her passion to oversee the implementation of science and technology growth in curriculum across Milpitas.
She would also like to increase parent-teacher communication to promote parent participation in each child’s education in addition to bringing in involved members from the community to help establish a more diverse and effective Board.
After just a few months, Hon said her interaction on the board and with the schools is giving her a broader perspective in the education of Milpitas students going forward.
“I now better understand the challenges that MUSD faces in fulfilling its mission, how it works with the local, state, and federal authorities to get funding and supports for our children,” she said.