|Penngrove’s Fishman running for SRJC board
Maggie (Margaret) Fishman, long time Penngrove resident and career educator, has announced her candidacy for the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees.
Fishman is running to represent Area 2, which includes Petaluma, Penngrove, the Lakeville corridor, southwestern Sonoma County and parts of Marin County. The formal announcement will take place at a kickoff event today, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Leland Fishman, 523 4th St., Petaluma.
Jeff Kunde, board vice president, currently holds that seat.
Fishman is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. She has a long history of professional and personal devotion to education, including serving as a program administrator at USC’s College of Public Administration in Sacramento, and more than 18 years of classroom instruction at Montgomery High School. She taught history, American government, and economics at all levels including many years in English as a second language.
“My interest in the JC is long standing,” Fishman says. “It is where I began college. It is where a great many of my students have gone to train for careers or to start four-year college programs as I did. The junior college is an extraordinary asset to Sonoma County; and the Petaluma campus is a cultural and education hub for us in the south county.”
She added, “I will continually look at the changing demographics of the Junior College District. The courses and services provided must constantly evolve to meet the changing demands of students, businesses and the community at large. I will bring a fresh perspective to the Board and a strong voice for south county. That is a healthy thing.”
Fishman has been endorsed by both Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents the northern portion of the 2nd District, and Congressman Jared Huffman, who represents the southern portion. In addition, she is endorsed by three Petaluma City Council members: Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney, Teresa Barrett, and by Mayor David Glass.
Tom Joynt, a retired Petaluma educator, supporting Fishman’s candidacy, said, “Maggie Fishman has the ability to reach a broad range of supporters and energize them about educational issues – especially the junior college.”