The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors added two new members to its ranks, expanding from seven members to nine.
The addition of Jennifer Carolan and Sang Yoo reflects the growth of the school in recent years, as registration tops 600 students.
“Jennifer and Sang both bring great insights into public education and, as parents of Bullis students, they truly understand the needs of our students and teachers,” said Ken Moore, board chairman. “Enrollment continues to increase as we enter our 10th year as a charter school, and the added support from Jennifer and Sang will help us continue to provide an innovative education for all of our students.”
Carolan has been a presence in public education across Silicon Valley since she began teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District 10 years ago. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University, where she also taught Innovations in Teaching at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
Carolan is currently a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on transforming public education so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. She oversees the company’s Seed Fund, which provides capital to early-stage education technology companies. She serves on the boards of Equal Opportunity Schools and BetterLesson.
“With her experience working with education ventures, Jennifer is very accustomed to thinking in new directions and finding fresh solutions, and those skills will be a tremendous asset to Bullis,” Moore said.
Yoo has been a parent volunteer at Bullis Charter School for the past five years and recently served as chairwoman of the Bullis Boosters Club. She previously held hardware engineering and management positions at several technology companies that produced microprocessors and workstations for professional and technical applications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
“Because Sang has been a key part of the Bullis culture over the past five years, she is tremendously knowledgeable about almost every facet of the campus and its programs and curriculum,” Moore said. “There’s not a resource we have that she isn’t aware of, and we’ll be able to make the most of everything we have with her ideas and insights.”