Board of Education
Christina Lucero, Board President
Term of Office: December 2015 – December 2020
Ms. Christina Lucero is a resident of Baldwin Park. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. She has proudly served as a member of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education for a total of ten years, including previous role as Board President. Ms. Lucero holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of La Verne.
Ms. Lucero served as the Board’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program/Technical Center from 2008 to 2015. She previously represented the BPUSD Board of Education to the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association. Currently, Ms. Lucero serves as a Delegate to the California School Boards Association. She has also completed the California School Boards Association’s Masters in Governance Program.
Her career in education includes many years of service to the Baldwin Park Unified School District while employed as the Home Liaison at Foster Elementary School, Assistant Director of Live Oak Canyon School (Non-Public School) in the city of Glendora, and currently as Managing Director for ABA Works/College Connect in the City of Covina.
As a Member of the Board of Education, Ms. Lucero strives to ensure that all students are provided a safe, clean and nurturing learning environment that promotes academic success. She truly believes that ALL students can and will succeed when given the tools, guidance and encouragement to do so. Special Education is very near and dear to her heart. She is a strong advocate and voice for those who are unable to express their needs.
She is an advocate for students and is very focused on District and Board goals and policies. It is her honor to represent the Baldwin Park Unified School District, its schools, students, teachers and staff. Ms. Lucero also advocates for mental health, knowing that mental well-being is as important as physical well-being and encourages everyone in our community to take care of their needs so that they may be whole.
Ms. Lucero would like to thank the Baldwin Park community for entrusting their children to our district and will continue to work hand in hand with other members of the Board of Education, Administration and teachers to provide the best possible learning environment and curriculum for our students.
Betsabel "Betsy" Lara, Board Clerk/Vice President
Ms. Betsabel Lara is a resident of Baldwin Park and a proud graduate of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Since 2007, she has been an employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Ms. Lara started as a Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor, working with students that were chronically absent and those at risk of disengaging from school. Within the last two years, Ms. Lara has been in an administrative position within Pupil Services. Prior to LAUSD, she worked for the Department of Children and Family Services as a Children’s Social Worker.
Ms. Lara holds a Masters in Social Work from USC, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Among Ms. Lara’s goals are elevating the Baldwin Park Unified School District’s already strong graduation rate towards reaching 100%, boosting the reclassification of English learners, ensuring that schools are safe, and giving parents a voice in their children’s education.
Santos Hernandez, Jr., Board Member
Term of Office: December 2015 through December 2020
Board Member Hernandez is a former Baldwin Park Unified School District employee who retired with 33 years of dedicated service. He has been a resident of Baldwin Park for 14 years. Mr. Hernandez holds an Associate Degree in Chicano Studies from East Los Angeles College. Mr. Hernandez’ children attended Baldwin Park schools and he was an involved parent. He believes in the family unit and encourages parents to participate in their children’s education.
Mr. Hernandez completed the California School Boards Association’s Masters in Governance Series in 2016 to help him further develop strengths and knowledge as a member of the Board of Education.
Deanna C. Robles, Board Member
Term of Office: December 2018 through December 2022
Robert G. Varela, Board Member
Term of Office: December 2018 through December 2020
School Board Member Robert Varela is a long time resident of Baldwin Park. Mr. Varela's journey and desire to become an educator began during the 1960's, as an inner city resident of East Los Angeles. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he entered the field of education working with the Los Angeles Youth Employment Program, employing inner city youth, as well as counseling gang members of his community.
During his 38 years as an educator, Mr. Varela taught elementary, middle school, high school, and adult school, empowering and challenging his students to become successful citizens. Mr. Varela also developed his talents to serve the bilingual community by teaching and acclimating immigrant students new to our country.
Mr. Varela holds a California Teaching Credential and a Master's Degree in Education. Given his vast experience as an educational practitioner, Mr. Varela was selected to teach as an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After completing 18 years as an educator at Sierra Vista High School, Mr. Varela transitioned into a new educational roll by being elected to the Board of Education. First and foremost, as a School Board Member, Mr. Varela strives to protect the safety of students and to ensure the implementation of the highest educational standards.