Garden Grove School District Appoints Bao Nguyen to Board

Bao Nguyen - Photo: Chris Prevatt
Bao Nguyen - Photo: Chris Prevatt

GARDEN GROVE — On Tuesday night the Garden Grove United School District Board of of Trustees appointed Bao Quoc Nguyen to complete the term of Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam. Mr. Nguyen was the third highest vote getter in the November General Election.

From his Bio:

BAO NGUYEN is a proud product of the Garden Grove Unified School District. He has served as a member of the school site council at Ralston Intermediate while a student. He graduated from Pacifica High School after transferring from Garden Grove High School during his sophomore year. At Pacifica, Bao was named “most spirited” in his graduating class and also in student body leadership. As a high school senior, Bao was selected and send to Washington, D.C. to represent his congressional district in the Presidential Classroom program.

A commitment to public service has been demonstrated throughout Bao’s educational career + from serving pancake breakfast to registering voters at the annual Strawberry Festival. Bao has also volunteered at Saint Columban Church to assist the elderly and immobile with house chores.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Irvine, Bao served in various leadership capacities for the Cross-Cultural Center and for the Political Science Student Association. He also served as the UCI student body representative to the Irvine City Council. Bao was a recipient of the Praxis Scholarship, which sent him to work in Washington, D.C. for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Bao is also a recipient of the Brett Baldwin Prize in Poetry, awarded by Poetry MFA and Humanities Associates of UCI’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. He has published poetry and other writings in both English and Vietnamese languages, locally and internationally, including Jossey-Bass’ New Directions for Student Services.

Bao has a master of arts in religious studies from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and holds a California State Certification in Mediation. He has been an invited guest speaker at different colleges and universities, as well as community organizations, including the local chapter of California School Employees Association.

Bao has taught as a substitute teacher in grades K-12, including special education for the Garden Grove Unified School District. In his recent capacity as community organizer, Bao helped Garden Grove United Methodist Church bring a campaign for senior transportation to successful completion in the City of Garden Grove. Bao is trilingual in English, Vietnamese and Spanish.

It seems fitting that the Board filled the vacancy left by Dr. Nguyen-Lam with a like minded advocate for the needs of students in the Garden Grove United School District. Congratulations to Bao, and good luck.


  1. Congrats! Bao has the leadership capacity to represent the dreams of students and the multi-cultural communities of Garden Grove Unified School District. He will do well on the Board – Santa Ana LULAC #147 (League of United Latin American Citizens) recognizes his great work that he does and that he continues to work day-in and day-out for people from all walks of life. ~ Zeke Hernandez, President, Santa Ana LULAC #147.

  2. Congratulations to Bao Nguyen, and to his school board colleagues who appointed him to the Trustee position! As Board President for the Coast Community Colleges I look forward to working well with him as he replaces KimOanh Nguyen-Lam. I have had the pleasure to meet Bao and he is well qualified for this position as an educator.

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