Mike Canada

Question:

The CUSD School Board plans to assemble a committee of school system stakeholders to put together and execute an Equity Action Plan. If you had the power to choose one member of this committee, who would it be - and why?

Answer:

The CUSD Equity Action Plan Committee would greatly benefit from the insights of Pastor John Joseph from Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. I’ve known Pastor John personally for over seven years and he’s been a positive influence in the lives of several children in Coronado. He’s truly cares about our kids and the community at large. He’s insightful, intelligent and his enthusiasm for his calling is infectious. More importantly, Pastor John works on the front lines, he’s a regular figure at Coronado Middle School and Coronado High School pushing a positive message of tolerance and acceptance.

Pastor John also understands what it’s like to be the “new kid in town.” John was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to Southern California at a young age. He, like many others coming to the U.S. for the first time, had to learn to navigate the different cultural aspects after arriving in his new home. His perspectives on race, culture, and socioeconomics, would lend great insight to the EAP Committee.

In addition, Pastor John also has an impressive academic background. He majored in Philosophy and Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University earning his baccalaureate degree and also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminar. He has been Director of Youth Ministries and Associate Pastor at Graham Memorial Church since 2009. Pastor John and his wife have children in CUSD so he is truly a “stakeholder” within our educational community.

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