Ms. Phuong Nguyen was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2019 and elected in 2020. Her family has been residing in Newark for the past 30 years. Ms. Nguyen, and her siblings, are products of Newark schools and is proud to have her two children enrolled in the district. Ms. Nguyen strongly believes that public education builds strong, resilient, compassionate, talented professionals, innovators, and the leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Nguyen 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. Ms. Nguyen has a degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Ms. Nguyen has 22 years of work experience in local government, strategic planning, and IT systems implementation.