John "Rio" Riofrio
Residence: Berkeley District
Family: Married, father of four
Experience: Riofrio started his career mentoring at-risk children in a soccer program; He has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, and now as a professor at The College of William & Mary.
Why run?: After talking to current board member Ruth Larson, who was leaving the board, Riofrio decided to run. "The way we've collectively talked about things like Art, Music, Recess turns them into "add-ons" or "breaks" from the "real act of learning." Studies, however, (along with decades and decades worth of teacher experience) shows that these activities aren't simply fun, they are integral to learning.