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Great Family December 2012

This is a story about giving.

A poor foreign student from China came to America believing that hard work was the key to success. She has worked hard for years, and now her American dream has finally come true. Today, as a successful businesswoman, she is ready to begin giving back to the community. Her name is Juliana Lee, and she is one of the most well-known real estate agents in the Bay Area.

Juliana recently donated $50,000 to the Palo Alto Unified School District, and the funds were distributed to the Palo Alto Partnership in Education, a non-profit 501c3 organization. On the date of the check presentation, conducted a brief interview with Juliana; the Unified School District Superintendent, Kevin Skelly; and the Executive Director of the Palo Alto Partnership in Education, Kathy Schroeder.

Juliana’s story illustrates that the true measure of success is not money and power; instead, it’s about how much you give back to the community. The amount doesn’t matter—it shows that you care about the community and the next generation. Our priorities in life should focus in this direction.

As usual, each episode of will provide a tip for all audience members in the Bay Area. This time we have with us the superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District, Kevin Skelly. Palo Alto is one of the most famous school districts in the Bay Area, and Dr. Skelly gave us the following tips regarding college preparation:

Here are some parenting tips given by Dr. Skelly:

  • Support your children’s passions. Let them do the things they like to do. Interests that are forced on children will not last.
  • Parents have to build curiosity at home. Help kids develop an interest in learning.
  • Don’t rely on school to discipline your children. Parents need to build a supportive, curiosity-driven, and loving environment at home to give children the motivation to learn and participate in school.


Great Family is a multi-media initiative which highlights family related health and social issues affecting the Asian-American community. Each month, a Great Family tip is delivered via 30-second broadcast vignettes featuring experts in the fields of medicine, nutrition, education, business, etc. The complete, long form version of each expert interview is made available for streaming on greatfamily.ktsf.com and is broadcast on the last Sunday of each month at 10:30pm on KTSF-TV.