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Tuesday November 3, 2020 — California General Election

San Luis Coastal Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 1

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Kathryn Eisendrath Rogers

25,102 votes (42.26%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure we get our students, teachers and staff back in school safely when the time is right.
  • Academic success for all students: high achievers, English language learners, students with disabilities and children in poverty. All means all.
  • Deliver taxpayer funded Measure D school improvements on time and on budget.



Profession:Trustee, San Luis Coastal Unified School District
Freelance writer, Our Own Production Company (2000–current)
Trustee,, San Luis Coastal Unified School District — Appointed position (2007–current)
Member, Board of Directors,, San Luis Coastal Education Foundation — Appointed position (2018–current)
Trustee, San Luis Coastal Unified School District — Elected position (2007–2020)
Trustee, Board of Education, San Luis Obispo — Elected position (2007–2020)
Trustee, San Luis Coastal Unified School District — Appointed position (2007–2012)
Writer-Producer on "Sisters", Warner Brothers Studio (1995–1999)
TV 101, Orion Television/Grant Tinker Gannett Productions (1988–1995)
Television News Reporter, KMST-TV Monterey California (1982–1985)
Assistant College Dean, Earl Warren College, University of California, San Diego (1976–1978)


United States International University MA, Psychology, PhD, Leadership and Human Behavior (1988)
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges California Community College Instructor Credential, Psychology (1977)
Otterbein College Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology (1974)

Community Activities

Supporter, SYMPHONY OF San Luis Obispo COUNTY (2004–current)
Supporter, Festival Mosaic (2018–current)
Supporter of community arts, music and theatre, Arts Obispo, San Luis Obispo symphony, Festival Mosaic, Canzona Women's Choir, Vocal Arts, etc (2015–2020)


I was born in Kokomo. And yes, the Beach Boys' song was named after my hometown.  But, Kokomo isn't an island.  Far from it.  It's a factory town. As the story goes, the Beach Boys wrote a jingle for Delco Radio and they got a kick out of imagining Kokomo as a breezy tropical island oasis.  

But there's more to this story.  I hope to illustrate that no matter what country or what small town might be their origin story,  

children can bloom and grow in the most unexpected ways-- especially if they're fortunate enough to have a beloved teacher.

Mine was Mrs. Bernice Griner.  Her hair was always impeccably styled, she wore heels all day without complaining, she had perfect posture and crisp elocution. I wanted to be just like Mrs. Griner.  But I thought that would never happen because I knew Mrs. Griner had gone to college and no one in my family history had gone to college.

So at "Back to School Night," when Mrs. Griner took my mother and me aside, I was worreid. Was I in trouble?  I knew my penmanship wasn't perfect, was that it? I remember holding my breath until Mrs. Griner spoke and I can hear her voice to this day as she perfectly enunciated each word:  "Kathy Jo is college material."

Well, my mom told everyone.  And it became The Truth.  Nevermind that there was no money set aside for college.  With a combination of scholarships, summer jobs and student loans, and work/study programs, I was somehow able to graduate from college, and obtain a Master's degree and a PhD. 

So, of course, I sent Mrs. Griner an announcement of my doctoral commencement. When I saw the writing on the envelope, I knew it was from Mrs. Griner.  She had tucked inside the card a crisp ten dollar bill.  It's the most valuable ten dollar bill there is because it represents the effect a teacher can have in the life of a child.  "Teachers change lives" isn't words on a poster:  It's the truth.




Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party, Joe Gibson and/or Rita Casaverde
  • San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party, Joe Gibson
  • El Morro Democratic Club, Rita Miller and Lori Caudill, co-chairs

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My parents and my brothers and sisters were all UAW (united auto workers union) members.  I worked as a news reporter at KMST-TV in Monterey, California, at KTVI-TV in St Louis, Missouri and I am currently a (retired) member of the Producer/Writer's Guild of America. Before moving to San Luis Obispo, I worked in Hollywood writing and productin shows from "TV101," "Sisters" and "WIOU."  So, as you've already guessed, I'm a dyed in the wool Democrat. But, hey, some of my best friends are Republicans.  


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— September 29, 2020 Self

Come along with me for a tour of Measure D improvements to Morro Bay High School

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