Board of Education
Teresa I. Vargas, Board President
Term of Office: December 2013 through December 2018
Ms. Vargas was first elected to serve as a Member of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education in 2009 and was reelected in 2015. She served in the capacity of School Board President during the 2014-2015 School Year, and School Board Clerk/Vice President in 2010, 2014, and 2017. Ms. Vargas is a Quality Assurance Coach with the Think Together. She currently oversees Auxiliary Programs in the Mountain View School District.
As a member of the Board of Education, Ms. Vargas is responsible for reviewing and approving policies to ensure equity and quality of all 13,000 students and 2,000 employees. The Board of Education directly supervises and supports the District Superintendent. Also, the Board is directly responsible for the review and approval of the District’s annual budget and to ensure that the District is fiscally responsible. Ms. Vargas does not take any of her Board responsibilities lightly and always makes recommendations and decisions based on what she believes is in the best interest of the entire District and community.
Ms. Vargas is a strong supporter of the District’s Dual Language Program and is herself Bilingual in both English and Spanish. Ms. Vargas is a product of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. She graduated from Baldwin Park High School in 1999. Immediately following high school, she attended the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Ms. Vargas believes that every child deserves the right to the resources they need to be successful in school and beyond.
Diana E. Dzib, J.D., M.Ed., Board Clerk/Vice President
Term of Office: February 2017 through December 2018
Mrs. Diana Dzib has been a resident of the city of Baldwin Park for over 30 years. She began her education at Charles Bursch Elementary School. Since 2004, she has served as the High School Programs Coordinator in the Adult Basic Education Department, Continuing Education Division, at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Prior to Mt. SAC, Mrs. Dzib was employed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education as a certificated substitute teacher, where she worked to improve student achievement among probation youth.
Mrs. Dzib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California, as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Juris Doctorate. In addition, she earned a certificate in Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Reading Certificate from USC Rossier School of Education. Mrs. Dzib volunteers through the Los Angeles Superior Court as a surrogate and advocates for the rights of special education students within the juvenile justice and foster care systems.
Ms. Dzib and her husband have been married for over twenty years and have one son, who currently attends Whittier College, studying Economics and Business.
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.
Christina Lucero, Board Member
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 Member
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 & 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.