A Life Long Commitment to Public Education and Service
My wife Dee Reid and I live in the family home at 255 South Lomita where I grew up. Our home is located at the corner of South Lomita and El Rio, across the street from Meiners Oaks Elementary School. My brother Stephen, sister Marsha (now a retired public school teacher) and I attended that school along with other working-class kids in our family friendly neighborhood. All three of us graduated from Matilija Junior High, Nordhoff High School and the University of Redlands. Our mother, Martha Starkweather (now 99), a former Meiners Oaks and Matilija PTA President, now resides with Marsha in Danville. Our dad, Sam Starkweather, a former Lions Club President and Boy Scout leader, died in 2016.
My two grown children graduated from public schools in rural Chatham County, North Carolina, where half of the students were African Americans. My two grandchildren attend the same public school system today, which now also has a significant enrollment of LatinX students. My youngest granddaughter, now in the seventh grade, just completed six years in a dual-language immersion program. My daughter also served as PTA President of the North Chatham Elementary School.