Ms. Phuong Nguyen was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2019. Her family has been residing in Newark for the past 30 years. Her and her siblings are products of Newark schools and she is proud to have her two children enrolled in the district. She strongly believes that public education builds strong, resilient, compassionate, talented professionals, innovators and leaders of tomorrow. She understands that it takes team effort, collaborative work from district staff at all levels and a strong partnership with parents, students, extended families and the community at large to help develop and prepare students for their future endeavors in higher education or career trade. She has a degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She has 22 years of work experience in local government, strategic planning, and IT systems implementation.