Who is Mady Cloud?

I moved to Petaluma over 31 years ago when my children were young. We live on a little cu-de-sac tucked behind the Petaluma Veterans Building. My neighbors are a wonderful mixture of young and old, native Petalumans and newly transplanted. My daughters went to their neighborhood elementary school, Petaluma Junior High School (PJHS), and Petaluma High School (PHS). While they were in school, I kept busy volunteering in their classrooms, in PTA, on the Superintendent's Lay Advisory Committee, on PJHS Site Council, and on the PHS WASC review as a parent representative.

During the time when my children were in elementary school, our class sizes had grown considerably which impacted classroom management and instruction. So, I am particularly proud of researching and writing with a friend a position paper on class size reduction. With the encouragement of the Superintendent at the time, we presented our paper to the Petaluma School Board, the district administration and the Petaluma Federation of Teachers (PFT) union. Because of their enthusiastic endorsement of our presentation, when state funds became available years later, small class size in the primary grades was implemented. We were one of the first districts in the state to apply for those funds and implement class size reduction because we already had the plan available. It was an incredibly empowering experience, and I want to bring that same sense of empowerment and collaborative spirit to the Petaluma education community.

I ran the Career Center at Casa Grande High School for 5 years before I started teaching English. While in the Career Center, I was also a Work Experience instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), helping high school students earn elective credit toward their graduation for the work objectives they accomplished at their jobs. 

Also during that time, I worked with Casa's newly formed Health Careers Pathway and SRJC to develop and manage job shadow opportunities in local businesses and health care facilities for our students in the Pathway. Working collaboratively with the teachers, counselors, and local businesses, we helped students become informed about their career interests and inspired to continue exploring their career options. 

Working at Casa in the Career Center and getting to know teachers and students there, I was so inspired that I completed my Single Subject Secondary Credential and started teaching English at Casa. It was the most challenging, rewarding, important work I've ever done, and I feel fortunate that I was able to do the meaningful, honorable work of a teacher. 

Because I had been a pastry chef before I became a teacher, I taught a baking class at Casa in addition to my English classes. My baking class was supported by Sonoma County Office of Education ROP program. Through this experience, I became quite versed in Career Techinical Education (CTE) programs, which are now at the forefront of current educational trends. As a result of both my experiences in CTE programs and as an English teacher in Small Learning Communities at Casa, I have become knowledgeable about what works and what doesn't work with these programs. As a school board member, I will use this knowledge to analyze how our district implements these programs.

Over the years, I have been involved in many local non-profit organizations. I am currently a driver for Meals on Wheels, which I love. I have also been a long time member of our local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), serving in many board positions, including president. I have also volunteered for Petaluma Rivertown Revival, the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), Project Graduation at PHS, and various positions for my children's soccer and ballet organizations.

We are fortunate to have wonderful schools in Petaluma, but I want them to be great schools, able to attract the finest teachers and provide 21st Century curriculum. To accomplish this requires someone on the school board with experience in the classroom and in building collaborative relationships with all stakeholders in our community: teachers, parents, students, administrators, community members, and business owners. As a former classroom instructor, I have the experience to unify our educational community and to create an educational system and vision for all Petaluma students - on both sides of town, in the classroom and in the community

Resume - Mady Cloud


BA English - San Francisco State University

MA English Literature - San Francisco State University

Single Subject Secondary Teaching Credential - Dominican University

Culinary Degree with emphasis on Pastry - California Culinary Academy, San Francisco


English Teacher - Casa Grande High School, Petaluma School District

Career/College Counselor -Career Center, Casa Grande High School, Petaluma School District

Work Experience Instructor - Santa Rosa Junior College

Program Assistant - Sonoma State University - New American High Schools Department of Education federal program that recognized outstanding high schools that were committed to high standards for all students and  had achieved excellent results.

Book Seller - Copperfields Books, Petaluma

Pastry Chef at:

Santa Fe Bar and Grill, Berkeley and  Stars, San Francisco - Jeremiah Tower - Executive Chef
Vivande, San Francisco - Carlo Middione - Owner and Executive Chef
Taste Catering, San Francisco
Restaurant Siena, Santa Rosa
The Baking Tutor, Petaluma - my own baking school
Clouds" Pastries - my own business

Volunteer Work :


Petaluma Parent Nursury School - President of Parent Organization
Superintendent's Lay Advisory Committee - Petaluma City Schools
Grant School PTA
Grant School - Room Parent
Petaluma Junior High School -Site Council
Petaluma High School - WASC accreditation - Parent Representative
Petaluma High School - Project Graduation


Meals on Wheels - Driver
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Rivertown Revival
Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF)
Petaluma School of Ballet