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East Palo Alto educational pioneer dies at 91

Gertrude Dyer Wilks aimed to give black students equal opportunity in the classroom

by Linda Taaffe

Gertrude Dyer Wilks believed that with enough will and determination, she could change the world. And for most of her life, she tried to do just that.

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9 people like this
Posted by A Lot to Learn From
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm

I wonder if she ever ran for school board. I bet she was the perfect candidate who could make changes in our school District and improve our students' education in Ravenswood School District. I wish the African America Board members could be like her. Our students would be much better prepared when they leave Ravenswood.
Willson claims that she cares about A.A. students, but then she supports the super's crazy ideas which often results getting the district into financial crisis. She sees Gloria as her Body, not as someone she needs to supervise. She and Pulido are too friendly with the super, and this affects their work as board members.

The Ravenswood 8th Graders are so unprepared when they go to high school, that Sequoia High School felt so bad about them, that they decided to pay an experienced Math teacher to come and teach the students and to help Ravenswood Teacher. Many good teachers leave because of the way Gloria treats them. Remember what she told the teachers when she came and pulled Gaviglio our of Bell Have without an explanation? Now she has Gavligio working as a teacher. This explains the poor quality of super Ravenswood she is. She is creating too many legal issues and is costing the school district a lot. She is not a problem solver, but a problem maker.

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Posted by scorpio
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 24, 2019 at 8:24 am

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We lost a Beautiful and Blessed Soul,may her Legacy live on and she's at Peace!