I'm heartbroken to share that LVUSD Board Member, Dr. Kate Vadehra, passed away on Saturday after an 18-month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Kate’s dedication to your students was an inspiration to all of us. She was an amazing Board Member who always led with her heart, and always led with the lens of making decisions that were best for students. She was a joy to be around and had the ability to lift up everyone around her.
Dr. Vadehra accomplished so much during her time in our district. As a parent, she was involved with PFCs and PFAs at her children's schools prior to being elected to the LVUSD Board of Education. An accomplished pediatrician, her knowledge and experience in the medical field was invaluable in supporting the safe return of students to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate was an active member of our district's Finance, Facilities, and Safety/Wellness Committees. Kate also brought Yale's RULER program to the District. This program is now used on our K-5 campuses to help students build their emotional intelligence and relational capacity. Kate was honest, kind, appreciative, incredibly intelligent, and always kept the well-being of all of our students and staff as a top priority. She will be dearly missed by all of us, but her work will have a lasting legacy.
Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with the Vadehra family during this incredibly difficult time.
Dr. Dan Stepenosky
Superintendent of Schools
Las Virgenes Unified School District