Mayor Pro Tem Priscilla Flores
Councilmember Priscilla Flores was elected to her first term on the Bell Gardens City Council on March 8, 2005 and has served two terms as Mayor. Formerly a full-time teacher in the Montebello Unified School District working with Special Education students at Bell Gardens High School, she currently works as an Administrator at Bell Gardens Intermediate School.
Councilmember Flores has lived in Bell Gardens for 23 years. A graduate of Suva Intermediate and Bell Gardens High School, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Cal State Northridge and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials and a Masters degree in Multicultural Education from National University.
Councilmember Flores’ passion to teach children has also motivated her to earn her Special Education Credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills and her Administrative Credential from Cal Poly Pomona. Her dream is to become an administrator at a school in the near future. Councilmember Flores stresses the importance of education to her students in the hope that they will prosper and have a positive impact on the City of Bell Gardens. She is compassionate about her role as a teacher. “I believe my mission as an educator is to be a dream maker.”
“Teachers have the amazing opportunity to affect the life of a student, sometimes in ways they may never realize,” Councilmember Flores explained. “As students, we can all remember the teachers who had the most influence on our lives. I decided to become a teacher because I desired to be like those who taught me, inspired me, cared about my future."
She believes that all young people should have an opportunity to apply the knowledge, and practice the skills they acquire from the classroom to make their lives fuller and their community a better place to live. “When they learn to use these skills and become masters of that knowledge, they can become positive contributors to society,” she explained.
When not teaching or carrying out her time-consuming responsibilities as council member, Councilmember Flores enjoys spending time with her husband and three children which she says is an extremely important and fulfilling part of her life.