The lead vote-getter among those who didn’t win election to the Garden Grove School Board last year was appointed to take the seat vacated by Dr. Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam when she left to take an appointment in the U.S. Department of Education.
Q. Bao Nguyen, a substitute teacher in the district, was the third place finisher behind incumbents Lan Nguyen and Bob Harden in the 2010 election.
A product of the Garden Grove school district, Bao Nguyen was a student activist when attending U.C. Irvine. He was present to protest John McCain‘s use of the racial epithet “gook” when the latter visited Little Saigon as part of his 2000 presidential campaign. According to the film “Saigon USA,” a former Vietnamese military man pushed Bao out to the street onto the path of an incoming SUV.
Bao Nguyen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Irvine, a master’s degree in religious studies from Naropa University in Colorado, and California state certification in mediation. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
In 2008, he managed Linh Ho‘s campaign for the Garden Grove City Council.
Press release by the GGUSD follows the jump.
Bao Nguyen Appointed to GGUSD Board of Education
Trustees of the Garden Grove Unified School District approved the provisional appointment yesterday (June 21) of Bao Nguyen to fill the vacancy on the five-member Board of Education. He will be sworn in at the regular Board meeting of Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.
Nguyen will assume the open seat created by the resignation of KimOanh Nguyen-Lam who stepped down effective June 1 after accepting a position in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. He finished third among a five-candidate field in the November 2010 election behind current Board President Lan Quoc Nguyen and Trustee Bob Harden.
He will serve the remaining 15 months of Dr. Nguyen-Lam’s term which ends in November 2012.
At its meeting of June 7, the Board voted to open the application process for the vacant trustee position to all five unelected candidates from the 2008 and 2010 school board elections. By the deadline on June 15, applications were received from Bao Nguyen plus “John” Chuong Nguyen, Bob Tucker, and Linda Zamora.
The newly appointed trustee, a district resident for 23 years, is a product of GGUSD schools having attended Allen Elementary School, Ralston Intermediate School, Garden Grove High School, and graduating from Pacifica High School in 1998. As a high school senior, Nguyen represented his congressional district in the Presidential Classroom program in Washington, D.C.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Irvine, his master’s degree in religious studies from Naropa University in Colorado, and holds California state certification in mediation. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
While at UCI, Nguyen served in various leadership capacities for the Cross-Cultural Center and for the Political Science Student Assn. He also was the UCI student body representative to the Irvine City Council and was a recipient of the Praxis Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Nguyen currently works as a community organizer, and has taught as a substitute teacher in the district. He also served on the steering committee for The California Endowment’s building healthy communities initiative in Santa Ana, working collaboratively on strategic planning with more than 50 community organizations and public agencies.
The Garden Grove Unified School District serves most of Garden Grove and portions of Santa Ana, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Cypress, Stanton, and Anaheim.
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