About Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Gina Clayton-Tarvin was first elected to the OVSD Board of Trustees in 2012. She was recently voted President of the Board, after serving as Clerk, Vice President, and three terms as President of the Board. She is a long-time educator, beginning her teaching career in 1995 in the ABC Unified School District. She first worked as a substitute teacher while attending graduate school at California State University at Long Beach for a Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology. Trustee Clayton-Tarvin began teaching full time at Fedde Junior High School (now a middle school) in Hawaiian Gardens in 1996. While at Fedde, she held several leadership positions and was instrumental in creating, procuring and implementing the $3.4M Magnet School Assistance Program federal grant. In 2005-2006, she moved to Cerritos Elementary School where she continues to teach in the sixth grade GATE Program. She has also served for nine years as the school’s ABCFT Site Representative. While at Cerritos Elementary School, she co-authored the successful California Distinguished Schools Recognition Program in 2008 and 2014.
President Clayton-Tarvin holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology and a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, as well as a California Secondary Single Subject Credential in Biology. She holds an English Learner (EL) Authorization and Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate and is authorized to provide instruction to English learners. She has also worked for Special Education as a home school teacher. She successfully completed the California School Board Association Masters of Governance program and received her certification in 2014.
A resident of Huntington Beach, President Clayton-Tarvin has two school-aged sons. She is proud to serve as a member of the Mesa View PTSO, the Cerritos Elementary PTA, and the Lake View PTO. She is a volunteer for AYSO Region 55 and the Ocean View Little League. She is an active member of the Surf City Optimist Club, serving children in need, as well as a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 133. As Board President, she focuses on advocating for lower class sizes, increasing student achievement while navigating the new Common Core standards, modernizing school facilities, providing 21st Century learning environments, expanding the GATE program to more OVSD schools, continuing staff collaboration, and advocating for more innovative school programs, like Lake View’s STEAM program and nearby dual language immersion programs.
Although President Clayon-Tarvin’s term ends in December 2020, she is unopposed on the ballot. Therefore, she will serve an additional four years after December 2020, until December, 2024.