Cheryl Cook-Kallio was first elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Recently she has served as co-chair to the Hacienda TOD and Housing Element Task Forces. In her tenure as City Councilmember and Vice Mayor she has served on the City of Pleasanton Audit Committee, Dublin Liaison Committee, School District Liaison Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments, and as an alternate on the Youth Master Plan Implementation Committee, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, Alameda County Mayors' Conference, League of California Cities – East Bay Division, Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency and the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a lifelong resident of our region and a Pleasanton resident for over twenty five years, has a long history of public service and volunteerism. She is a 35 year veteran teacher currently teaching Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement United States Government and Honor Economics classes at Irvington High School in Fremont. Since 2000, she has also been the coach of the school's We the People team, a competition civics class. Her team has been a California State Finalist for twelve consecutive years, and in 2005 won the California State Championship.
Her volunteer service includes being a Girl Scout Leader, a Cub Scout Leader, school volunteer, Amador Friends of Music board member and past president, and Amador High School We the People volunteer.
Some of Cheryl’s accolades include the American Civic Education Teacher Award in 2008, one of only three in the nation. In 2006 Cheryl was honored by the Fremont Education Foundation for Excellence in Education, additionally she was named Irvington High School’s Teacher of the Year 2005, Woman of the Year 2004 by State Senator Liz Figueroa and Teacher of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution 1997.
In 1997, Cheryl was also awarded a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a prestigious merit scholarship awarded to only one teacher per state each year to pursue a master’s degree with an emphasis on the United States Constitution. In 2002, she was selected to serve as a James Madison Congressional Fellow for United States Senator Diane Feinstein on the US Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2005 Cheryl was selected to serve as a James Madison Federal Courts Fellow in Washington D.C.
Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Masters of Arts degree in History from San Jose State University. She holds teaching credentials in Social Science, English, and a supplemental credential in Spanish. She lives in Pleasanton with her husband John, a retired teacher. They are the parents of four children. Twins Heather and Heidi, are graduates of Foothill High School and live out of state with their families. Nathan and Lauren graduated from Amador Valley High School where they both participated in We the People.