Board of Education
Betsabel "Betsy" Lara, Board 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. Over the last several 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.
Diana E. Miranda-Dzib, J.D., Board Clerk/Vice President
Term of Office: December 2020 through December 2024
Mrs. Diana Miranda-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. Miranda-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. Miranda-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. Miranda-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. Miranda-Dzib and her husband have been married for over twenty years and have one son, who holds a Master's Degree from USC.
Santos Hernandez, Jr., Board Member
Term of Office: December 2020 through December 2024
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 2020 – December 2024
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 twelve 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 has served as the Board’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program/Technical Center and 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 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.
Deanna C. Robles, Board Member
Term of Office: December 2018 through December 2022
Ms. Robles is a resident of Baldwin Park and proud alumnus of the District. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Cerritos Community College and a Bachelor Degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne. Ms. Robles is a strong advocate for all children, particularly children with special needs.
Ms. Robles has always been a strong community supporter and served in various community organizations such the Baldwin Park National Little League, the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, and as a coach for special needs children ages 0-22 on the Challengers Baseball Team.
Prior to being elected to the Board of Education, Ms. Robles volunteered on various school district committees. She previously served as President of the Head Start Policy Committee, member of the DELAC Committee, and member of the School Site Council at Tracy Elementary School, Sierra Vista Junior High, and Sierra Vista High School. Her involvement as a volunteer also allowed her to serve on the WASC Committee for the accreditation of Sierra Vista High School.
Ms. Robles is a proud wife of 34 years, and mother of four amazing children who have all attended Baldwin Park Unified School District schools. She is a community business owner providing childcare services for over 16 years.