Phillip Tabera is married to Hermelinda Rocha Tabera, who is a Tenured Faculty member in Early Childhood Education and Ethnic Studies at Hartnell Community College in Salinas. They have five children, Felipe (son) & Stacy (wife), Gregorio, Joaquin and Lorena. Four grandchildren Daisy, Nikki, Julian and Xavier Phillip Tabera.
When first elected in 2000, with 55.3% of the votes cast, Phillip Gavino Tabera won his seat on the Salinas Union High School Board of Trustees for District 3. His campaign focused on many issues, some of which included working for safer schools that create a better learning environment for youth; increasing parent input and involvement; coordinating the learning between all the elementary, middle and high schools to ensure academic success for all student populations; reducing the high dropout rate; and increasing the numbers of teachers who are genuinely committed to improving education. To date with the passage of two school bonds, our schools in Salinas have the best facilities on the Central Coast, the district is fiscally solvent, and we continue to make significant academic growth at all grade levels.
Phillip Tabera has been on the school board for 12 years, running unopposed three times for a third term until 2013. He is a faculty member with the Mexican American Studies Department at San Jose State University (13 years), World Languages and Cultures at California State University, Monterey Bay (seven years), and as Adjunct Faculty member with Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California (two years).
Board Member Tabera was born and raised in Salinas. He attended Sherwood Elementary School, El Sausal Junior High School, Alisal High School, Hartnell Community College, the University of California Santa Cruz and San Jose State University for undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education, Psychology, Urban Planning and Mexican American Studies.