United Parents for Education Push Kids First

United Parents for Education has always been about pushing a kids-first agenda in the San Diego Unified School District. In the last week, that effort took on new life. By spearheading the ‘Four the Kids,’ they launched a public campaign to take a seat at the teacher union bargaining table … Continue reading

SDUSD Parents Push Students’ Needs in Teacher Contracts

‘Four the Kids’ Presenting Four Items to San Diego Unified School Board SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 8, 2014) — Parents pushing student needs as part of ongoing teacher contract negotiations, including a comprehensive adult-on-student bullying policy, will address the San Diego Unified School (SDUSD) Board meeting on Tuesday. The meeting … Continue reading


’420 Remix’ Celebrates 11th Year Promoting Drug-Free Life Choices WHAT:  Youth-produced anti-pot PSA videos will compete for cash prizes on the unofficial marijuana holiday of 420, or National Weed Day. The North Coastal Prevention Coalition’s (NCPC) 11th Annual 420 Remix invites students from middle and high schools throughout San Diego … Continue reading

Opinion Editorials: Are You Actually Expressing an ‘Opinion?’

Some public relations tactics, like opinion-editorials, can make a meaningful impact for clients. But far too often, they lack the true opinion oomph. So, before getting to the “I want to write an op-ed” stage, let’s first define an editorial. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, … Continue reading

Carlsbad Fighting San Diego’s No. 1 Overdose Killer

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          March 13, 2014                                                                         CARLSBAD TAKING ACTION AGAINST NO. 1 OVERDOSE KILLER North Coastal Prevention Coalition to Honor City of Carlsbad for Installing Prescription Drug Collection Box in Recognition of California Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month   CARLSBAD (March 13, 2014) —- The North Coastal … Continue reading

Education Coalition Launch in SD Media Spotlight

CLEAR Coalition Unveils 4-point Plan for Transparent School Spending Education coalition members, including *San Diego United Parents for Education, launched a new effort yesterday outside Emerald Plaza grabbing some of the local media spotlight. Read the 4-Point Plan: http://bit.ly/1hoCpBB The Coalition for Local Education through Accountability of Resources, or CLEAR, … Continue reading

NEWS CONFERENCE: Jerry Sanders, Education Advocates Launch New Effort Tuesday

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Erica Holloway Media Consultant, United Parents for Education erica@galvanizedstrategies.com (619) 796-1651   San Diego Leaders’ Call for CLEAR Public Schools Business, Education Coalition Fight for Greater Transparency, Results WHAT:  United Parents for Education (UPforEd) to join the launch of the newly-formed ‘Coalition for Local … Continue reading

Drive-thru Booze? Oceanside Reviews Liquor Policy

Liquor Licensing Deserve Broader Discussion, NCPC Says Would you like booze with that? Perhaps, if you’re at an Oceanside drive-through. Last night, Deputy Mayor Esther Sanchez called for a review of the city’s fast-food liquor license policy at a regular board meeting. The move could possibly lead to a ban … Continue reading

NEWS RELEASE | San Diego Accountant Finds Calling Teaching Math

College Area Teacher Cara Pedersen Honored as January Teacher of the Month

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 18, 2014) —- Cara Pedersen left her profitable corporate tax accountant life behind to pursue her calling: teaching third-grade math at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School in the College Area.

Cara Pedersen NEWS RELEASE | San Diego Accountant Finds Calling Teaching Math

Cara Pedersen, Third-Grade Math Teacher at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School

UPforEd, a parent advocacy nonprofit, created the Parent Choice Awards for teachers who exemplify Pedersen’s teaching passion and excellence. The honor includes a $500 cash card along with recognition from UPforEd staff and its membership. Parents who nominated Pedersen noted her special abilities to build student confidence and reduce classroom behavioral issues.


“Cara makes math fun for third graders – that’s no small task,” said Lisa Berlanga, Executive Director of UPforEd. “Corporate America’s loss is Tubman students’ and parents’ gain.”

After graduating from Cal Poly, Pedersen landed her first job as a successful corporate tax accountant. But she soon came to find the work did not suit her passions. She returned to San Diego State University to earn her teaching credential. The career shift seemed destined – her mother was a teacher.

She loved her first job in the seventh grade at Tubman Village Charter School, but when she had the chance, she decided she wanted to teach third graders.

As an experienced mathematician, she enjoys the way Tubman teaches math using methods that encourage, not just memorization of algorithms, but true understanding of math principles.


United Parents for Education, or UPforEd, believes every child deserves a high-quality education. Our mission is to substantially increase all students’ achievement within San Diego Unified School District by supporting children through a parent-led organization. 

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