Dear Neighbors, Students and Beverly Hills Community:
Hello. I am Dr. Amanda Stern, resident of Beverly Hills and parent of two boys, enrolled in BHUSD for nine years. I am a board-certified, licensed Educational Psychologist specializing in the assessment of children. I hold a master’s degree from Harvard University in Human Development. I have had the privilege of working with many different school districts which has given me a wide perspective on the challenges facing Los Angeles schools and families. I perform diagnostic evaluations for over 7 different school districts with LAUSD being the largest. I know special education and general education well.
My training at Harvard University as well as with children's mental health in the Boston area has also enriched my knowledge base. I am uniquely qualified to support BHUSD in fostering better collaboration and problem-solving between parents and educators as we face unprecedented challenges. I earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from New England University based on a dissertation concerning giftedness. I published a book entitled, Promoting Positive School Attitude in Adolescents and I am a writer for EducationWorld.com.
Our students' well-being is greatly compromised given the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Their social and emotional lives must factor into the education we provide! I promise to help our schools get the tools and information they need to achieve the best possible balance between education, health and well-being. I aim to make special education spending more efficient; with funding more available for the services and support these students deserve, and less to litigation.
As a licensed educational psychologist that is retained by many school districts throughout California, I know that opening up district financial and contracting practices to public scrutiny is the fastest way to earn back community and taxpayers’ trust.
When my children started in the school district, Beverly Hills High School was considered one of the top high schools in Los Angeles County. Today Beverly High’s national ranking is #952. Just in a few short years, Beverly High’s national ranking has dropped almost 200 spots. In order to regain trust in district management, our public schools need to budget smarter, reduce administrative waste, and place more of your taxpayer dollars in the classroom, where they belong.
Through better planning, we can weather short-term changes in our economy, and avoid the boom and bust cycles we have seen in educationin the past three decades. One of my top priorities will be ensuring our schools never have to face the sharp cuts our schools have endured in the past.
Dr. Amanda Stern, Ed.D