REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne E. Campbell formally announced today that she will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Ms. Campbell was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Her term will end in January 2019.
"It has been a true honor to serve as county superintendent over the past seven years," said Campbell. "I have so appreciated the opportunity to work with the outstanding staff at the San Mateo County Office of Education, as well as with educators and partners throughout San Mateo County. We share a strong and devoted commitment to the educational success of all our county's children and youth."
Speaking to the many changes in public education in recent years, Campbell observed, "These have been exciting times because of profound changes impacting California's public schools. We have a whole new school finance and accountability system with an emphasis on local control, and our schools are hard at work implementing new academic standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. At the San Mateo County Office of Education, we find ourselves at the very center of all these changes and are working diligently to support our local districts."
"We've also been busy implementing local initiatives," noted Superintendent Campbell. "We've helped launch The Big Lift, San Mateo County's collaborative effort to ensure our third graders are reading proficiently. We've established the San Mateo County STEM Center, which provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics support and professional development to teachers throughout the county and has become a hub of innovation, especially in environmental education, project-based learning and maker education. And we're proud of the work we've done with law enforcement to create the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, developing The Big Five to help schools respond to emergencies and coordinating the expansion of counseling and mental health services to our local schools."
Campbell serves on the San Mateo County First Five Commission, the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART) Board of Directors, the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Governing Board and the Community Corrections Partnership. She is a member of the California County Superintendents Educational Association (CCSESA) Board of Directors and chairs the CCSESA Research Committee. Campbell is also active in environmental education, co-chairing the national Superintendents' Environmental Education Collaborative and serving as a member of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Environmental Literacy Steering Committee. She co-chairs the Child Care Partnership Council and has twice served as President of the San Mateo Superintendents' Association. Campbell currently serves as Secretary of the San Mateo Rotary Club and as a member of the Board of Directors of Reading Partners.
As she heads into the remainder of her term, Campbell noted that the County Office still has much to accomplish: "We must continue our efforts to close the achievement gap, provide quality preschool for all our 3- and 4-year-olds and address the teacher shortage by attracting and retaining great teachers for San Mateo County. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of our county's students and their families until a new county superintendent is elected."