Putting Experience to Work


1st Sgt Misty Janssen has served almost 20 years in the United States Marine Corps.  She is currently a drilling reservist and oversees Marines with Engineer Services Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 23. Along with serving her country, Misty has also been a dedicated volunteer throughout the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District.  

For more than a decade, Misty has been actively involved in PYLUSD schools and classrooms in diverse capacities.  Misty’s 5 children have attended 6 different schools which has given her the opportunity to meet and collaborate with teachers and administrators throughout the district.   Misty has volunteered in classrooms as well as helped in campus-wide volunteer roles.  

Misty Janssen has served as PTA President and Parliamentarian, and currently serving as the 2nd VP for Fairmont Elementary, the district’s largest K-6 elementary school. She was honored to be nominated and receive the PYLUSD Honorary Service Award in 2017.  She has also served as the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified Council Advocacy Chair.  In this role, she worked with local and state PTA members as well as state legislators, advocating in Sacramento and encouraging policies and laws that promote health and wellness for all students.

An 11-year resident of PYLUSD, Misty Janssen is married to her husband Dr. Matt Janssen; They have 5 children, where three currently attend public schools in the district.


2017 Certificate of Recognition Community Honor given by the United States Congress House of Representatives

2017 Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal given by the Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Support Squadron 473

2017 Community Honoree Award given by the PYLUSD Board of Education


2018 Honorary Service Award given by Fairmont Elementary PTA

I am the proud mother of 5 amazing kids, who have attended 6 different schools in the district. With 2 kids already graduated from high school, and 3 kiddos still actively enrolled there is never a dull moment.   Over the last 10 years I have loved being involved in our schools and classrooms in diverse capacities. Because I have kids that all learn very differently, I have had the opportunity to help in shelter classes, general curriculum and GATE classes. It hasn't always been easy, but we have found so many advocates and partners along the way.   

I am running for school board because the experience I have in both professional leadership and PYLUSD volunteer leadership has led me right to this place. When I learned that Judi Carmona would not be running, I knew it was my time.  I have admired Judi’s tenacity and constant presence in our district, and I want to follow in the path that she has so wonderfully laid out.   I am passionate about education; I am experienced at bringing people together and I know I can contribute to the families of PYLUSD.  I am a strong leader who isn’t reactionary; I make thoughtful decisions and am careful with my words and actions.  A disciplined collaborator is what our school board needs.

I hope you'll get a chance to get to know me by following me on your favorite social media platform. I will be hosting local and virtual events soon, so I can hear from you and others and learn about what you are looking for from our district. I am looking forward to connecting with the families in Trustee Area 3. I encourage you to come and share your story with me.  

As your Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School Board Trustee for Area 3, I commit to serving our students, families, teachers, staff, administrators and community by:


  • Ensuring our district continues to provide quality, unbiased education with curriculum that is developed by our district for our district. 

  • Supporting teacher and staff development, and providing resources and help as we move toward a return to in-class instruction. 

  • Being a good steward of the tax dollars that we are entrusted with.  Ensuring transparency and always putting the needs of our students first.

  • Supporting our students with special needs. Understanding that our students and families have experienced this pandemic in many ways, and we should strive to meet the needs of all our students, including our most vulnerable. 

  • Committing to 3 townhall meetings per year to share information with my area and take comments from the community. Then, working collaboratively and openly with students, families, faculty and members of our community to address issues that are important to them.


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