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Elizabeth Simons

Liz is president of the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to sustainable, research-based solutions in education, environment, science, and policy. Liz has deep interests in education and, particularly, in the experiences of dual-language learners. Liz taught in Spanish-bilingual elementary school classes and coordinated an English-as-a-Second Language program. She wrote a daily education column for The Palo Alto Daily News. In 2009, she founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a program to ease the transition to kindergarten for children who had no prior preschool experience. Liz has volunteered in schools, in programs for youth, as a home visitor for nursing mothers, and, currently, in a high school journalism class at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto. She serves on the boards of the Daily Californian Education Foundation and the Foundation for a Just Society. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and a master’s in education from Stanford University.

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