About Me

My name is Jillian La Serna and I’m asking for your vote for CHCCS School Board.

I have been an educator for the past 20 years. I started my career in K-12 education as a teacher assistant, working in severe and profound special education. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from CSU-Sacramento, I worked as a classroom teacher in San Diego Unified School District. I also spent a year teaching abroad in Ayacucho and Lima, Peru. 

I hold a Master’s Degree in School Administration and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. Over the past 11 years I have had the pleasure of serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Carrboro Elementary School. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at UNC-Charlotte.

I love to travel, read, hike, and watch Carolina basketball (Go Heels!). I married my high school sweetheart and we have two children, a 13 year old son and a 10 year old daughter, both students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools since Pre-K.

I began my career in education to help all children realize their fullest potential, and I have never given up on that mission. I have worked in all levels of public education, from Pre-K to college, and know what it takes to improve the educational experience of every student. If elected to our school board, I pledge to demand equity, create data-driven change, empower the community from the ground-up, and put students first.

In this campaign and always, tienes la palabra (you have a voice). What is your vision for the future of our district? What are your priorities? Take time to let me know. I’m listening.