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Julie's Learning & Development expertise and professional background, her committed volunteerism, collaboration, and leadership in the community and the Saugus District earned her the respect and endorsement of numerous education leaders.


Tom Torlakson
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction

“I am proud to endorse Julie Olsen for the Saugus Union School District Board of Trustees. Julie’s experience, her familiarity with education policy and best practices, and her commitment to the district will help move Saugus schools forward to deliver 21st- century learning.” 





David Pollock
Former President, California School Boards Association
Former Trustee, Moorpark School District, and Current Mayor Pro Tem, City of Moorpark

“I absolutely endorse Julie Olsen for Saugus Union School District’s Board. Julie’s extensive knowledge of public education policy and challenges, as well as her leadership experience in both the Saugus district and in the private sector, make her the best choice for the job.

Her involvement and follow-through as a School Site Council President, PTA leader, and member of the District’s Citizen Oversight Committee means she’ll be effective from day one.”


Bruce Fortine
President, Board of Trustees
Santa Clarita Community College District
College of the Canyons

"I'm happy to endorse Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board.  She is, by far, the most qualified candidate for Trustee Area 3. Julie’s involvement in the district and her career in the learning field will allow her to hit the ground running as a positive voice for Saugus students, teachers, and taxpayers.

Students need the very best foundation at the elementary school level to be prepared for the rigorous demands of their secondary and college education and Julie has the knowledge and dedication to ensure successful implementation of the new standards and methods so they’ll be ready." 


Gloria Mercado-Fortine
Past William S. Hart District Trustee of 16 Years
Past Castaic District Trustee
Education Consultant

"I'm proud to support Julie Olsen for Saugus School Board in Trustee Area 3. Julie is a very positive, open-minded professional who has a knack for bringing people of different views together to find and build upon common ground as a problem solver." 

“I’ve spent many years serving on local school boards and know what it takes to be successful and Julie has what it takes. She is a learning professional and very active volunteer in our schools and in the community where she's demonstrated her unwavering commitment and follow-through to make Saugus’ great schools even better for all students.”



Chris Trunkey
Saugus District Trustee
Chief Financial Officer

"Julie is the only candidate in the race who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to our schools as a PTA leader and member of numerous district committees such as the Bond Oversight Committee and the Communications Committee. "

"Julie has been the most dedicated parent and district volunteer it has been my pleasure to know. I can think of no one else in this district who should be a voice on our school board to help us make important decisions."




Christy Smith
Newhall District Trustee
Former Federal Education Department Analyst



Dr. Edel Alonso
Former President, Faculty Association, and Counselor
College of the Canyons


Tre Conway
Owner, EduScout LA
Board Member, Parents Education League of Los Angeles
Saugus Parent Organization Leader



Cheryl Cameron

Former Saugus District Head Teacher
Assistant Principal, Glendale Unified School District

"Julie Olsen is smart, articulate, business savvy, and dedicated to the children and families of the Santa Clarita Valley. I know her to be a person of great integrity. While she appreciates the many accomplishments of SUSD, she’s also not afraid to challenge the status quo, to ask and research the answers to hard questions. She is the candidate we need to move our district into the future."

Susan Whitebook
Teacher, Saugus District

"Julie Olsen will be an excellent choice for school board.
I have spoken to her numerous times about education in Saugus and she is well informed & her ideas will benefit both students & educators. I highly endorse Julie Olsen!"


Marci Gabriel
English Teacher, Literacy Specialist, ELD Teacher,
Special Needs Awareness Facilitator
Saugus District Parent Leader




Sheila Monger
MA Inclusive Education
Educational Specialist 


Laurie Norman
Past President, California School Employees Association
Saugus Chapter 112




Gina Brownstein



Tracy Kuncar
Former Teacher
Past President, Helmers PTA


Melinda Hancsicsak
Parent Leader and Programs Chair, Saugus District


Kristy Perry

Special Needs Parent & Inclusion Week Co-Chair
Saugus District Parent Leader


Allison Vanderlip
Parent Leader, Events Chair, Saugus District


Jessica Schlager
Parent Leader, Saugus District
Cub Scouts Leader

Spencer Leafdale

Instructor, Ventura Community College
Member, College of the Canyons Measure E Bond Oversight Committee, and Retired LAPD 

Diana Hartley
Teaching Assistant



Saugus District Measure EE School Bond 
Oversight Committee Members:

Louis Walker
Collin Schoenfeld
Terry Prather




The full and growing list of all endorsers can be viewed here. 








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