West Covina Unified School District Governing Board Member
Jessica currently serves as the President of the West Covina School Board.
She has been a resident of West Covina for almost 25 years, moving to West Covina with her family. She attended Edgewood Middle School and graduated from West Covina High School. After graduation, Jessica studied International Relations, Business and Paralegal Studies.
Elected in November 2005, Jessica has the distinction of being the youngest elected board member in WCUSD's history. Jessica has served as President of the School Board, Vice-President and Board Clerk. She serves as one of the two West Covina School Board members on the District/City Advisory Committee. This committee of school board and city council members works to coordinate activities and develop solutions for the community involving the locally elected city council and school boards.
Jessica showed her leadership skills early. In high school she was ASB Director of Communications. When she completed her term, the PTSA elected her as Vice-President. She was on the West Covina High School Accreditation Committee. She worked with the WASC (school accreditation organization) and the school district to increase the number of advanced placement (AP) courses offered students.
Over the years West Covina High School has received national recognition for the quality of education students receive. One of the points made is the high number of AP courses offered students as a result of Jessica’s efforts.
In college, Jessica represented students while working with the California State Assembly and Senate on education issues. During this time, she continued to keep in touch with the teachers and staff of the school district and community members, developing an even deeper appreciation and understanding of the many sides of the issues affecting the community and education in the district.
Jessica served two years as a member of the Board of Management for the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP). This Board is responsible for public education services which provide practical, hands-on career preparation and career guidance to residents in 7 local school districts.
Jessica Shewmaker prides herself in being open and accessible to members of the community, working tirelessly to improve the education of the children in the school district and coming prepared to board meetings in order to handle district business.
Jessica works for a local law firm as a paralegal handling family law, bankruptcy, construction defects, real estate, bankruptcy, and business issues.
With her professional, elected, and personal experiences, Jessica understands how her decisions have a real affect on the students and community which she serves.