Attend Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Board Candidate Event

Please come to Redwood Shores Public Library on Wednesday evening (Oct 17)  to meet with BRSSD board candidates. Thanks to the 17th District PTA and the Redwood Shores Community Association for hosting this event.

Per board policy, the Board of Trustees believes that its primary responsibility is to act in the best interests of every student in the district. To learn the roles and responsibilities of the BRSSD board, visit


My top three priorities are:

  • Ensure the district follow the rules and maintain a positive school environment for every students
  • Provide better support for our teachers to deliver outstanding education experience
  • Oversee operation and spending efficiency for the school district

Please share your thoughts how we can help your children succeed in their journey of learning.

Candidates Night 2018

I appreciate the opportunity presented by Belmont Chamber of Commerce. I attended the candidates forum on Sep 26, 2018. The event was primarily for Belmont City Council candidates, but Belmont-Redwood Shores School District board candidates were given an opportunity to introduce themselves.

I was very impressed by the new candidate who runs for Belmont City Council. It’s valuable to bring fresh perspective to the table.

Thanks for the current board members for all their efforts. It’s indeed a service when running for public offices. I’m grateful for all the candidates for their determination to improve our community and the school district.

This reminds me why I like VEX IQ Challenge. When kids are playing the game, it’s not just about the competition, it’s the collaboration that matters. Within the same team and with the alliance team during the game, everyone has to work together in order to achieve the best outcome.

Candidates for Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Governing Board From left to right: Honglin Su, April Northrup, Suvarna Bhopale (incumbent), Mark Simon (moderator), Rahila Passi (incumbent), Amy Koo (incumbent)

Why do I run for BRSSD Board Trustee?


What are the challenges our children are facing at schools? How do we teach our children about physical safety and cyber security and discuss possible ways to prevent them from being bullied? What can we do to better support our teachers?

K-8 are the most critical period for our children’s cognitive, physical, and emotional  development. It is crucial that we maintain a positive school environment so that our children never experience anything that is frightening, threatening, or potentially dangerous.

One key step is to better support our teachers. I’ve seen remarkable school staff who love the students and deliver outstanding education experience for our children. Yet, there is room for improvement in terms of school leadership and continuous professional development among school staff to ensure mistakes are not repeated again.

I have a wonderful school-age boy who gives many opportunities to participate in this amazing community.

As a community volunteer, I’m serving as a board director of my home owner association. I’ve also served a variety of volunteer roles such as chaperoning field trips, supervising classroom activities, mentoring student projects, and so on.

As a seasoned product manager, I’ve built extensive experience in product strategy, roadmap, and feature definitions. I’m currently a Sr. Director of Product Management at Oracle. As the practitioner of the design thinking, I’m passionate about solving the customer’s problems by building community, connecting experiences and shipping quality products and services.

I’d appreciate that you could give me the opportunity to serve as a board trustee – Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Let’s work together to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our children.

I look forward to hearing from you how we can help foster an educational environment where students and teachers thrive.