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Linda Cordero


Mrs. Linda Cordero

Board President 2021

Term expires 2024


Linda Cordero is well known in the community both as a longtime resident and a longtime SMBSD educator. She was initially appointed to the SMBSD Board of Education in July 2010 to serve the remaining two years of Mr. Ken Milo’s seat after he passed away. She won a seat in the 2012 , 2016 and 2020 elections. Mrs. Cordero has lived in Santa Maria since 1972. She is a former teacher and principal in the school district.

Mrs. Cordero said she applied to serve on the Board in order to have an impact on the education of all the children in the community. “The strength of our city in the future depends upon the education our students receive today,” she said. “I want to be a part of ensuring that our students will be supported to the greatest extent possible by a knowledgeable, caring and responsible Board of Trustees.”

Mrs. Cordero worked for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for 32 years before retiring in 2007. She began as a kindergarten teacher in 1975 and taught a variety of grade levels during her years in the classroom. She also worked in SMBSD schools as a Language Arts teacher and a reading specialist. In 1997, Mrs. Cordero became the assistant principal at Ontiveros School. Following that, she was the assistant principal at Miller School for three years. In 2002, Mrs. Cordero returned to Ontiveros as the principal and led the school until she retired in 2007. Even after her retirement, Mrs. Cordero remained involved in the school district, coaching administrators and mentoring through the Association of California School Administrators and the New Teacher Network.

When Mrs. Cordero was a teacher in the district, she also participated in other educational areas and assisted as a Reading Action Team member and chairperson, a grade level presenter/facilitator, an Assessment Committee chair, a Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee member involved in the district self-study, a Leadership Team member, a Home Reading Club coordinator, a Reading Intervention Program co-coordinator, and a Master Teacher for student teachers in the Cal Poly partnership.

Mrs. Cordero has a B.A. in History and Sociology from the University of Washington.  Her lifetime elementary teaching credential was obtained through Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She also earned a Master’s Degree in Reading and a Reading Specialist Credential from Cal Poly.  Course work for her Administrative Credential was at Cal Poly and Chapman University.

Mrs. Cordero’s dedication to education is strong. “I feel a deep commitment to our students and our community,” she said. “I believe that we are a great district and that our students deserve the best. My every effort is toward ensuring that all students learn and are able to reach their highest potential. I also want all of our employees to continue to think this is a great place to work.”

Mrs. Cordero believes that the state’s current financial difficulties have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the school district. She feels that one of the Board’s primary responsibilities is to ensure financial solvency and to work with employee groups to maintain and improve the district’s current level of service to children. Mrs. Cordero also believes that the Board must take an active role in monitoring the actions and outcomes of the district’s programs to guarantee that all students, especially English Learners, are making appropriate progress. Mrs. Cordero supports continuing to develop community partnerships. “Success in these areas will ensure that our students become the citizens and leaders that we must have to keep Santa Maria a viable and dynamic community,” Mrs. Cordero said.

Mrs. Cordero and her husband, Mike, have worked and lived in Santa Maria since 1972.  Mike worked as a police officer, sergeant and lieutenant for SMPD before retiring.  They raised three sons who attended local schools and participated in various youth activities.

Mrs. Cordero is a strong believer in giving back to the community that has supported her family over the years.  In her retirement she serves as a board member of the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center and as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Santa Maria Valley. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for female educators. She sits on a local committee that is addressing youth violence in the community and she is active in a number of community events and organizations. Her husband, Mike, is also active in the community as a City Council Member and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.


Prepared by Maggie White