• School Board

    SHARON VEGA
    SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT
    SAVEGA@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2015
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2020

    Trustee Sharon Vega came to the Palmdale School District from corporate America and became a substitute teacher. A year later, she had her teaching credential and started teaching at Chaparral Elementary School. While at Chaparral, she taught every grade, except 2nd and 6th, and spent a couple of years as an Arts CRT. When Shadow Hills Middle School opened, Sharon became the Home Economics teacher. Sharon left Shadow Hills to work as the teacher's union president and after she finished her term as president, moved to Tumbleweed Elementary School. Sharon stayed at Tumbleweed for one year, transferring to Cactus Middle School as a Home Economics teacher.

    Sharon was very active in the teacher's union, holding several state and local positions: PETA-Site Representative, Treasurer, Vice President, President, Interim Secretary, and Social Chair. At the state level-State Council Delegate, Representative Assembly Delegate. For the High Desert-Service Center Council, Treasurer, Chair, and Vice Chair.


    RALPH VELADOR
    SCHOOL BOARD CLERK
    RVELADOR@PALMDALESD.ORG
    APPOINTED: 2/2017
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2018
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2022

    Trustee Ralph Velador is a Southern California native, having moved to Palmdale in 2001. Ralph is a proud Army Veteran, who serves the American Legion Post 348, as Second Vice - Commander. Ralph also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Palmdale for 4 1/2 years, where he served as Chair for 3 terms.

    In his professional career, Ralph has been a member for 24 years and serves as Director of Organizing for LIUNA's Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition. In this capacity, he has the privilege of assisting workers and contractors meet their needs in the construction industry.

    Ralph has been married to his wife Marcy for 18 years, and they have four children and one grandson.


    DENNIS TRUJILLO
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    DMTRUJILLO@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED BY THE BOARD: 5/2014
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2015
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2020

    Trustee Dennis Trujillo was born in Southern California and moved with his wife and children to the Antelope Valley in 1986.

    Mr. Trujillo has roots in the Palmdale School District; all of his children were students of the Palmdale School District, and his wife Cindy, is a teacher at Dos Caminos Dual Immersion School. Mr. Trujillo has worked as an electrician for the Palmdale Water District for the last 13 years, before that, he worked for a contractor at Edwards Air Force Base for 14 years. Mr. Trujillo has a background in Business and Finance.


    NANCY SMITH
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    NKSMITH@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2013
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2022

     

    Trustee Nancy Smith was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Palmdale in 1983 with her husband and three children.

     

    Mrs. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and teaching credential from Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska in 1969. She taught in Nebraska, Kansas, and California in junior high, high school, adult school, Antelope Valley College (adjunct) and California State Bakersfield.

     

    Mrs. Smith then moved to the business side of the education community. She served as Director of Child Nutrition and Warehousing for Antelope Valley Union High School District, CFO and Interim CEO at Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, Assistant Superintendent for Business (1990 to 1993) and Superintendent of the Palmdale School District (1994 to 2003).


    SIMONE ZULU-DIOL
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    SNZULU@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2018
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2022

    Simone Niongbo Koivogui Zulu Diol - is a recently retired preschool teacher via the Palmdale School District, a parent and grandparent, and the former president of the Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association. She was one of the original Head Start teachers in Palmdale, and thus, she is a leading proponent of holistic multi-cultural educational that involves the child and the parent or designated care-giver in the educational process. Simone has served as a mentor teacher, multi-linguists advocate (she is bi-lingual) and as a model of excellence based on her administrative skill as a Head Start site director/head teacher while at Highland High School in Palmdale, California.

    In 2015 she was awarded ‘2015 Educator of the Year’ by the California Head Start Association, and thus, she was recognized by the Palmdale School District, the City of Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly Member Tom Lackey. She also was the recipient of the California Teachers Association Lois Tinson Human rights Award for Education.

    Ms. Zulu-Diol, was also one of original members of the Guinean Association of Southern California, responsible for the creation of the Association constitution and bylaws. And, she has been honored by the Guinean Honorary Consulate in Los Angeles for her community service. She was also a founding member and the second President of this multi-cultural group of African from various part of the continent of Africa. The name of this organization was Friends United, a basic social group that was created to foster unity, and collaboration among Africans in United State from various countries in African, and the diaspora, although she has been here for many years, she has never forgotten her homeland. She continues to make a difference in the lives of children in Guinea by sending. school supplies to children in the elementary schools near where she used to reside in Conakry.

    She has a B.S. in Child Development from California State University at Fresno, a mentor teacher for the State of California, and master teacher, site supervisor and director certifications from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing she wants to continue making a difference in the lives of children in the USA and Africa by advocating for a great public education for all.. She resides in Palmdale, California.